“SEVEN YEARS to REPENT” – Hurricane Isaac.

“SEVEN YEARS to REPENT” – Hurricane Isaac.
-by ‘Kelly’ & also J. McTernan.

I am STRUCK by the understanding of the seven-year period since
Hurricane Katrina. SEVEN YEARS AGO, Katrina struck New
Orleans during the WEEK OF THE HOMOSEXUAL CONVENTION
known as “SOUTHERN DECADENCE.” Now Hurricane Isaac is
scheduled to hit New Orleans once again – exactly SEVEN YEARS
LATER TO THE DAY (August 29th) on the first day of the “Southern
Decadence” annual convention. How much more blatant can the
King of the Universe be? He gave this nation a grave warning, and
then – according to His great mercy – He gave us SEVEN YEARS
to REPENT.

In Hebraic understanding, seven years means “completion.” The
opportunity for repentance is complete, but this nation has not only
refused to repent of this sin, which God calls an abomination
(Leviticus 20:13), but it has greatly encouraged and promoted it,
from state to state and throughout the U.S. military.

The word Isaac means “laughter.”
Psalm 2:4 “He who sits in the heavens shall laugh; the LORD shall
hold them in derision.” Psalm 37:11-13: “The wicked plot against
the just, and gnashes at him with his teeth. The LORD laughs at
him, for He sees that his day is coming.”

I do not believe this means our God is taking delight in wiping out
the wicked (those who reject Him and scoff at His Word) ; but I do
believe it means that He will NOT be mocked, and He WILL prove
Himself to be a God of justice, who does what He says He will do.

Let us be sober-minded, friends, and let us be in much prayer for
this nation as ISAAC churns toward the Gulf Coast… The timing
of Hurricane Isaac with Southern Decadence is a sign that God’s
patience with America’s sin is coming to an end.

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A Small Leak Becomes a Large Stain

I was spending some time with the Lord one night all by my lonesome.  I was just quietly waiting for Him to speak.  Suddenly He spoke to my spirit and told me to look at our ceiling.  We had some water damage from a small leak in our roof.  I had remembered that a couple of years prior there had been a small leak but it went away and never came back. I had forgotten about it.  But recently a large storm had come through and a large water stain suddenly appeared on our ceiling.  A day or two after the stain appeared a slow but steady leak began to flow out of the center of the stain.  The issue had to be dealt with.  The Lord began to explain an important principle about sin to me.  Sometimes we allow ourselves to sin in a way that seems small and insignificant in our own eyes.  We don’t deal with it and see no need to change our behavior.  It becomes part of us.  But we aren’t seeing what’s happening on the inside.  A stain is growing on our hearts.  It’s small at first but it steadily grows.  Over the course of time that little sin leak becomes a large stain for all to see.  Then that stain opens up and releases destruction into our lives.  A sin stain is full of small compromises.  Sin is always progressive.  That small leak can look like something different to each of us but it’s always a compromise of some sort and the leak won’t ever get better on its own.  It must be recognized (confession) and fixed (repentance).  What are the leaks in your own heart that started small but have grown into stains?

 

Jesse Birkey

The Formerly Broken Toe!

We were responding to a woman with an injury.  As a firefighter/paramedic, I respond to a lot of those types of calls so there was no anxiety coursing through me at all.  My focus was on something different.

The night before I had listened to some testimonies of people praying over the sick and injured, seeing them healed.  I have prayed over the sick and injured before but I wanted God to give me some extra help.  I asked God to let me know without a doubt that this woman we were about to meet was a believer.  I wanted that assurance before I prayed for her.

We arrived on scene and entered the house.  The woman was on her feet but hopping on one foot.  She hoped over to us.  Her face was twisted in pain.  She told us that she banged her toe on one of her door jams.  I asked her how she did that.  She told me that she was dancing to Christian worship music and wasn’t paying attention to where she was going.

Did you know that there is no prayer that’s to small or unimportant to God?  I asked Him for assurance and He gave it to me.  Amazing!  I could see that her toe was deformed and obviously broken.  We helped her onto the stretcher and into the rescue (ambulance).  On the way to the hospital I asked her if I could pray for her.

Her eyes teared up and she said, “absolutely”.  I prayed for her and for God to heal her toe.  There was no change but I knew I did what God wanted me to do.  She began to tell me all about how she was a brand new Christian and how blessed she was to having another Christian taking care of her.  What a testimony of how much God loves us!

We dropped her off at the hospital and a couple of hours later I was back with another patient.  On my way out I stopped to check on my Christian toe lady.  She was about ready to leave.  I asked her about the toe.  She told me that the x-rays came back negative and that the doctor couldn’t believe it.  The toe was no longer broken!  This event is another anchor for me of faith and hope in the ability of God.  He loves us so much!  Be bold and you will see God do bold things!

What have you seen God do in your boldness?

Jesse Birkey
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