The law of the Lord is perfect


The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul; The testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple; The statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; The commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes; The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever; The judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether. More to be desired are they than gold, Yea, than much fine gold; Sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb. Moreover by them Your servant is warned, And in keeping them there is great reward. ~Psalm 19:7-11
Then I saw the wicked buried, who had come and gone from the place of holiness, and they were forgotten in the city where they had so done. This also is vanity. Because the sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil. Though a sinner does evil a hundred times, and his days are prolonged, yet I surely know that it will be well with those who fear God, who fear before Him. But it will not be well with the wicked; nor will he prolong his days, which are as a shadow, because he does not fear before God. ~Ecclesiastes 8:10-13

The law of the Lord is perfect. That is an observation on my part. Why would I say such a thing, despite the fact that I do not have an eternal mind, with an eternal memory of all things, as well as an everlasting and all-knowing knowledge of all things?

Firstly, God created me. I did not come to such a conclusion lightly, but through much deliberation and through much thought and research. IF God did create me then He has a right, and an obligation, to guide me. Leading me through prayer and the Holy Spirit and through His eternal word, the Bible.

Secondly, if we should follow logic and if we are created by something external to us and is not bound by the laws of physics and nature (which also was created, presumably by the same eternal being, which I will call God,) then  such a being is permitted, possibly mandated, to guide and teach us what is right and what is wrong.

Consider a clay jar. If you make a clay jar, you as it’s creator can do with it as you please. You can use it for any one of a number of intended purposes. You can stow it away and never use it. You can smash it and trash it as you please.

The beauty about God, our Creator, is the fact that he forces nothing upon us. We are taught right from wrong and we are promised one human life. BUT we are not forced to make all the “right” decisions. We are granted the gift of choice. We can each choose to make the right choice based upon God’s Word, or we can choose to make the inappropriate choice and turn toward sin. We choose! And therefore, when we are judged by God at the end of our days, we are judged on those choices that we have made all along the way. That is why God did not create drones who just acknowledged Him and said yes all of the time. God desired US, each of us to choose His ways and to follow Him, willingly! And we should desire to do so and to please our maker, because we are blessed to have what we have. The breath of life, our health, a home to live in, a family, etc. It is not all about money and things, though we tend to go off the rails a bit and think so.

The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul; The testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple ~Psalm 19:7 NKJV

Assuming that the One who created each and every one of us is perfect, then it would stand to reason that His very word and His law (which is based upon His word) are both also perfect. Perfect because it is external to us and is, therefore, objective with respect to us. The laws put forth are guides for us to glorify our creator and to fulfill our perfect purpose and His will for us. Throughout the Old Testament there were 613 individual laws for us to follow. King David pared that down to approximately 15 laws for we all to follow. Malachi widdled that down to 3 laws or commands to follow and Jesus further cut the commands down to 2 commandments of God in order to keep true to the laws of God.

Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”~Matthew 22:37-40 NKJV

The Commands of God for us to follow and show ourselves to be the beacons of Christianity, Hope, Love, and portray the love of Christ to all. All we need to do is follow what Jesus spoke to us and mandated us to show all others on this earth the way to Him. If we truly show our love to God with all our heart, soul, and mind and follow on with loving our neighbors as if we were showing love to ourselves, or as we would like to be treated. It was said that Mother Theresa loved everyone. When she looked into the face of others she was looking into the eyes of Christ with each and every person.

“Seeking the face of God in everything, everyone, all the time, and his hand in every happening; This is what it means to be contemplative in the heart of the world. Seeing and adoring the presence of Jesus, especially in the lowly appearance of bread, and in the distressing disguise of the poor.”

Mother Teresa, In the Heart of the World: Thoughts, Stories and Prayers

That is quite a subservient position to take as a Christian, as a servant of Christ.

May God Richly Bless You, My Beloved!

MK Murphy, PhD, DD

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Fearfully & Wonderfully Made

Is abortion the wrath of God realized in the reality of today, or is it the wrath of man for the unborn? After all, we each have our own perspective on this rather controversial subject. There is literally no one out in the world today who has absolutely no opinion on this subject, even if they were to defer it as a women’s subject for discussion. A non-opinion is an opinion! (A bad opinion, I might add, but it is an opinion!)

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We have been fearfully and wonderfully made by the very hand of God who created each and every one of us. Whether you choose to believe this, or not. Each of us is created in such a way that we are similar, but we are unique in comparison. Yet, we are created in God’s image:

So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. ~Genesis 1:27 NKJV

So, do we infer from this that God makes mistakes? No, not at all! Each of us is the way we are suppose to be, barring any decisions that we ourselves make during the course of our lives…which can be and tend to be the mistakes which we will generally blame on God. Also, we have numerous assaults upon our person while we are growing up, which can also mold our psyche as we mature & develop. Consider the transgenderism dilemma today, the gay issues, the man’s mind in a woman’s body, the “non-binary” and gender fluidity mentality, etc.

Those of us who believe in God, the One True God and Creator of all things, hold to the belief that Moses put forth in the Book of Genesis:

And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.  ~Genesis 2:7 NKJV

And the words that King David put forth in order to explain to the reader of his Psalm or to clarify to himself:

For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well. My frame was not hidden from You, When I was made in secret, And skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book they all were written, The days fashioned for me, When as yet there were none of them. How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God! How great is the sum of them! If I should count them, they would be more in number than the sand; When I awake, I am still with You. ~Psalm 139:13-18 NKJV 

And the words that described how God formed us by the Prophet Jeremiah:

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; Before you were born I sanctified you; I ordained you a prophet to the nations.” ~Jeremiah 1:5 NKJV

We were created for a specific purpose! What was that purpose? Good question, although it is a different answer for each person; however, we each have something in common and that is to glorify God! However, we are also given gifts by God in order to a great number of other things. Sing in order to entertain, play an instrument to entertain, the ability to act, the ability to teach or research in order to transpire information or educate others, and so much more…all to the end of glorifying God. Some are doctors and others are nurses. Some are policemen, others are firemen, and still others are EMTs as first responders in order to aid the public and each to the end result of glorifying God. God places at our fingertips a number of qualities in order to aid those around us, both to help them and to glorify God in the long run! Of course, with others it is a long road to find those specific traits and qualities in order to aid others and glorify God. Sometimes it is a short path and other times it is a very long arduous trek, but in the scheme of things it is all well worth it. Moses spoke of such things, at least inferred it in the Book of Exodus:

And I have filled him with the Spirit of God, in wisdom, in understanding, in knowledge, and in all manner of workmanship ~Exodus 31:3 NKJV

We are each promised, in essence, that we will be given the wisdom, understanding, knowledge, or abilities of workmanship through the Spirit of God in order to carry our our abilities to Glorify God and aid those around us.

So as we move onward, to understand we are fearfully and wonderfully made which infers we have been created for a specific reason. Abortion, on the other hand, is simply, in my opinion, a vehicle for eradicating a perceived mistake. With the advent of removing God from our schools and society, prayer and blessings from our everyday actions and furthermore the destruction of the atomic family (the central core of the American dream, if you will) YOU steer man away from his very central purpose of pleasing and glorifying God and replacing such with the pleasing and feeding the new god of men, government and big business. Now your purpose is to consume (making business happy by buying and spending the money you do not have) and to work hard in order to pay your taxes (thereby, feeding the new god, government, with your money. This blog post, as many others are never meant or intended to be or get political. BUT they are intended to make you think about what you do…to please God or self? How you spend your time…for God or self?

We truly need to get back to focusing on God in our lives, spending our time pleasing and glorifying HIM and not ourselves. Teaching others to do the same. Steering our society into doing the very same in order to get us, as a society, community, and as a country, back on track in order to bring this country back to serving the God that formed it and ourselves, as well!

 

 

As Liz Wheeler mentioned in the video above, where will it end? There is some point in time, or so I hope and pray, where common sense will take hold in the minds of those at the helm. If not, perhaps you or I should become those leaders that refuse to actually lead, if it be God’s will. I tend to be of the mind that if we are to lead that God would place a passion, a desire, or a burden on our heart to do something…despite the fear that we have for doing so. The urge will become far stronger than the fear that is ever-present.

May God Richly Bless You, My Beloved!

MK Murphy, PhD, DD

 

Pre-judgement, Judgement, & Post-judgement

guiltyHave you ever said something, or made judgement upon another, and then thought yourself to be the fool? YEAH, that is me, I am guilty! Go ahead, throw your stones…I did it!

Man is the only animal who seems to be able to judge others and clear themselves of any wrong doing, even though it be the same exact crime against God!

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Yeah, go ahead…raise your hands in agreement to that one, too! Man is, by his nature sinful and therefore, hypocritical! We talk out of both sides of our mouths and skirt the truth with ourselves, all of the time! Don’t worry about a thing, if any of you won’t raise your hands in agreement over this…there are plenty who will gladly chastise me, while at the same time they are doing the same things as I.

Let us look into the past week with Joel Osteen and the Hurricane Harvey debacle.

While there are plenty of videos of news, and others, tearing at Joel Osteen’s church and ministry; many are failing to realize that Lakewood Church had rising waters in the basement. Also, I watched several videos defending Joel Osteen because what would happen if someone was injured on their way to get to Lakewood Church, or died? Or perhaps, if they got to the church and they closed the doors as they got there? What would the ramifications of that be.

We all, each and every one of us, has a problem with judgement of others. Just nod your heads in agreement! Especially without all of the facts at hand. And in this day and age of half truths, and partial sporadic news reports…thereby, coining the phrase “fake news.” We tend to be quite a bit more outraged at those with all the money and power. Now I don’t necessarily agree with Joel Osteen, nor his methods of preaching, but his judgement in THIS case happens to be spot on. Tyler Perry, a man for whom I have  a great respect for, has gone to Joel Osteen’s defense.

While we each, and yes I do mean all of you as well as I, tend to judge others based upon the perception of evidence at hand. However, if you will pay close attention, most of the perceived evidence out there is truly just an accusation or an assertion that is without any proof or evidence, at all! Sadly, but that is how this whole victimhood thing works. We, the species of man, are a sad creature. As we tend to do all we can to demean our fellow man in order for us to feel better about ourselves!

There are a number of scripture passages which target the fool and the wise, with respect to our speech. However, this one seems to hit home for me:

Proverbs 29:20

Do you see a man who is hasty in his words? There is more hope for a fool than for him.

Yeah, that is me…the man who is hasty in his words. Yeah, that is right…fools will have a better time than I! I work on it daily, but I also fail God daily in both little an great ways!

The only thing that keeps me going is the fact that King David who was “Apple of God’s eye.” King David requested and prayed to God to aid him to be maintained in such a status in Psalm 17:8 where he wrote:

Keep me as the apple of Your eye;
Hide me under the shadow of Your wings

We must remember that King David, despite his sinfulness and behavior, he was always contrite before God when he was called out on the carpet by his prophet. He sought God’s forgiveness and always sought his Lord’s guidance to be healed from his haughtiness and sinfulness and sinful ways. God chastised him, as any father would do to his own son. And then he was back to a clean slate, once again. What we see here is that God is the God of the second chances, as coined by Dr. J. Vernon McGee. Where God will use us after redeeming us from our sin(s). And more importantly, He will use us as well as the Gentiles, because Jesus paved the way for them also!

…the word of the Lord came to Jonah the second time… ~Jonah 3:1 NKJV

Or is He the God of the Jews only? Is He not also the God of the Gentiles? Yes, of the Gentiles also ~Romans 3:29 NKJV

God has given me far more than 2 chances, I would submit to everyone out there that each of us have been given dozens of chances. And we will receive many more chance before we draw our final breath.

Let’s face it, we all judge others. Whether in our minds and thoughts, outwardly in our reactions or in our verbiage toward them, or perhaps we show our disdain toward others in our posts on social media or other opinionated sites.  Consider the people of WalMart on Facebook, or other demeaning sites. We should treat everyone with a certain modicum of respect as well as understanding. We are called to be patient with all people! To treat the lowly with respect, as though they were rich…give no one an overtly specialized attention.

As I have said all throughout this post, I am as guilty, if not more so, than any. But by God’s grace I will overcome my lowly actions and rule over my sinful desires and urges to judge others, to gossip (which is a form of judgemental speech toward another.)

Just remembering that in order to change something in your life, you must become aware of your wrong actions. This is your warning…pay attention and change your ways, my friends!

May God Richly Bless You, My Beloved!

MK Murphy, PhD, DD

 

 

Salt is Good

“Everyone will be salted with fire. “Salt is good, but if it loses its saltiness, how can you make it salty again? Have salt among yourselves, and be at peace with each other.”” ~Mark 9:49-50 NIV

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WE, as Christians, are the salt for the lost souls within this world to help them find their way back to God, through Christ! We are their light just as Jesus is our light; much like the lighthouse is the aid to the ships of the sea, so they can find their way…we too are the exact same for the lost souls within this world of ours.

A Chinese girl said, “Salt makes you thirsty.” DO stop and think that over. “Ye are the salt of the earth.” Do YOU make anyone thirsty for Christ? You never will be merely separating from something. But you will be separating unto Christ. ~Expositions of Bible Doctrines Taking the Epistle to the Romans as a Point of Departure, Volume 1, page 16, by Donald Grey Barnhouse (emphasis mine)

This is precisely what we are to do, make people thirst for God’s life giving and eternal life word! We can do this through passion and desire, it can be done through will but not through sheer will, as we must be able to show a caring, love, and compassion in our message(s) toward those with whom we speak the message of Christ.

Continue earnestly in prayer, being vigilant in it with thanksgiving; meanwhile praying also for us, that God would open to us a door for the word, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in chains, that I may make it manifest, as I ought to speak. ~Colossians 4:2-4 NKJV

If anyone speaks, let him speak as the oracles of God. If anyone ministers, let him do it as with the ability which God supplies, that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belong the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen. ~1 Peter 4:11 NKJV

We are, in essence, slaves to Christ. Like it, or not, it is by our choice. Why? (You ask) Well, we have chosen to believe (through reason, wisdom, research, study, etc.) that Christ truly is “…the way, the truth, and the life…”  We did not make this decision flippantly, nor without forethought, this decision was truly one of the greatest decisions in our lives. And without a doubt was the greatest decision that weighed on our minds and hearts! Are we promised to be wealthy? Have an easy life? Have a gorgeous wife? A husband that has the physique of Adonis? No, on all accounts. We are promised eternal life. We are promised trials and tribulations. We are promised rain and shine like everyone else. We are promised both good and adversity, just like everyone else, as well. So, why did we make such a decision? Because in all of the religions out there, one must be right and the others must be wrong. By reason and logic, this must be true. That religion or faith which is true deserves my allegiance!

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This is the greatest reason why we, as Christians, must understand why we believe that which we believe. And not only must we understand why we believe what we believe, but what other faiths believe. It is at that point that we can have a discussion, thereby defending our position.

And every offering of your grain offering you shall season with salt; you shall not allow the salt of the covenant of your God to be lacking from your grain offering. With all your offerings you shall offer salt. ~Leviticus 2:3 NKJV

Every time we speak to someone about Christ and the words of God toward another, we too must season with salt. We must flavor our words that are more palpable for others to digest. The words we speak are of God, but others must gain help in understanding them. That is the flavoring we give to other. Consider when Jesus was asked about why he spoke to the people in parables:

He answered and said to them, “Because it has been given to you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given. For whoever has, to him more will be given, and he will have abundance; but whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken away from him. Therefore I speak to them in parables, because seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand. ~Matthew 13:11-13 NKJV

This was the salt that Jesus added. You either got it or you did not. On the other hand, if you did not get it, did you seek to understand it? The salt is the flavoring that makes you desire or passionate for more and to understand. That is why we walk the earth, to be used as servants of the Most High God and Creator of All. We speak His words and help others understand. That is one of our purposes; the other purpose is to glorify our Creator in all we do!

May God Richly Bless You, My Beloved!

MK Murphy, PhD, DD

Sometimes God Wakes Us To Learn Something Amazing

Mordecai Discovers a Plot

19 When virgins were gathered together a second time, Mordecai sat within the king’s gate. 20 Now Esther had not revealed her family and her people, just as Mordecai had charged her, for Esther obeyed the command of Mordecai as when she was brought up by him.

21 In those days, while Mordecai sat within the king’s gate, two of the king’s eunuchs, Bigthan and Teresh, doorkeepers, became furious and sought to lay hands on King Ahasuerus. 22 So the matter became known to Mordecai, who told Queen Esther, and Esther informed the king in Mordecai’s name. 23 And when an inquiry was made into the matter, it was confirmed, and both were hanged on a gallows; and it was written in the book of the chronicles in the presence of the king. ~Esther 2:19-23 NKJV

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The King Honors Mordecai

king honors modeciThat night the king could not sleep. So one was commanded to bring the book of the records of the chronicles; and they were read before the king. And it was found written that Mordecai had told of Bigthana and Teresh, two of the king’s eunuchs, the doorkeepers who had sought to lay hands on King Ahasuerus.~Esther 6 NKJV

We all do it, you know it! We all have those times where something just wakes us up out of the blue, early in the morning. Sometimes it is for no reason at all, but something just tugs at us the wrong way. We just want to sleep, but cannot do so. So, at some point in time, amidst the tossing and turning in your bed, we get up and out of bed. Sometimes we hear a voice in our heads or hearts, other times we have a drive to do something specific, sometimes generally.

In 1 Samuel 3, we find just such a thing with the Prophet Samuel as a boy. But Samuel was guided by Eli. Though it took a little bit, Eli caught on with what was happening and urged the young boy to answer the call of God. God acts differently amidst differing circumstances. He called the boy Samuel while trying to sleep. He also awoke King Xerxes (as mentioned above) in the midst of his sleep, awakened him and had guided him to read the Persian history, thus reminding him who it was that saved his life.

God works in mysterious ways

Sometimes when we wake in those unexpected ways we are called to simply pray to our God. We need that prayer time in order to discover what is truly tugging at our heart. I do believe God speaks to us; unfortunately we are so hardhearted and stubborn that we cannot recognize what is happening. It truly is a heart thing with us. Perhaps we are to just say as the Prophet Samuel stated, Speak, for Your servant hears.”  Sometimes THAT is all it takes!

As mentioned so many times before we need to be more compliant to God’s will in our lives, much like the Islamic faith. Meaning not that we must be radical Jihadists with terror being our main weapon, but that God MUST be the most important things in our lives! Remember what Jesus said,

Christ Brings Division

34 “Do not think that I came to bring peace on earth. I did not come to bring peace but a sword. 35 For I have come to ‘set a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law’; 36 and ‘a man’s enemies will be those of his own household.’[e] 37 He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me. 38 And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me. 39 He who finds his life will lose it, and he who loses his life for My sake will find it. ~Matthew 10 NKJV

We are not meant to follow the pack, or the gang; we are intended to follow God and His perfect way. We are intended to read, understand, and study the Word of God, the Bible. We are mandated to, in the words of Jesus:

‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’…”~Matthew 22:37-40 NKJV

Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you…” ~Matthew 28:19-20 NKJV

bible_read_meNow, how can we “…love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind…”? First you must understand and know the biblical truths and you learn that through reading and studying; it is a life’s task, for certain. We must pray, honor and rejoice over the blessings we have received, and yes even the travesties. Because God has given us, both the righteous and the unrighteous, an even footing, “for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust” And the Prophet Job reminded us:

…Shall we indeed accept good from God, and shall we not accept adversity?” ~Job 2:10 NKJV

So, to truly honor God, our Creator, we must learn and apply His Word in our bible_readlives (yes, DAILY!) and to rejoice in all things that come our way, both good and bad. Because each situation, both good and bad, is meant to better us in some way, fashion, or form. Just as battle tempers a man’s courage under fire so also do these situation help temper our minds, hearts and souls to good things and travesties.

As we become better Christians we will also find ourselves called outward into the world to share God’s Son, Jesus, and His Word with all others out in the world in which we live. This will come with time and ease, because you will find, or better yet you will better notice all the opportunities that allow you to share the Gospel with all others along your path(s) in this life.

Although, there is another aspect to this sharing the Gospel thing, as we grow we are also called to teach, lead and minister; part of the “…royal priesthood…

…For You were slain, And have redeemed us to God by Your blood Out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation, And have made us kings and priests to our God; And we shall reign on the earth.” ~Revelation 5:9-10 NKJV

We are all called to be ministers of God’s Word for all the world to hear his promises, but we also have to do our part by reading…it all starts there which is the beginning of faith!

 So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. ~Romans 10:17 NKJV

The Apostle Paul wrote to the Philippian Church and told them:

Only let your conduct be worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of your affairs, that you stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel, and not in any way terrified by your adversaries, which is to them a proof of perdition, but to you of salvation, and that from God.~Philippians 1:27-28 NKJV

got-faithOur faith is built up by the word, our faith is based upon the word, but not just on the word, but also on sound logic and reason as well as research. We make a claim based upon historical facts. And those facts won’t become known to you until you read and study the word and then see what the world of the various sciences has to say as well. We, as Christians, claim truth is our basis, but truth is based upon history, the sciences, philosophy, as well as other various areas of study.

So, read well, my friends! Research well, my friends! And reason well, my friends!

May God Richly Bless You, My Beloved!

MK Murphy, PhD, DD

 

What If We Lived In A World Without Law & Order?


We could do what we wanted? It would be fun? No limits on what you do? And the list goes on and on, but one thing remains true…it would be utter chaos!

While it is true that it would be absolute chaos, as there would be no moral standard that all would follow. Even those that believe there is no God hold to the tenet “if there is no God, then all things are permissible!” (Father  Zosima, Brother Krazminov by Fydor Dostyevsky) In a world without law and order, then there would be no actual standard to follow and therefore each and everyone would do as they pleased. Gangs would be running rampant and destroying those who desired to have some semblance of morality in their lives. Of course, to no avail. Rape, pillaging, pedophilia, theft, murder, etc. would be the rule of the day. Without limits, the most evil beliefs of the possibilities of man would come to bear. There would be constant warfare going on in the life of everyone that lived. There would be no rest for the weary or the wicked. Each would have to stand guard over their lives and those of their fellow clansmen at all times. And would have to place their lives on the line in order to defend their family…at all times!

For if the truth of God has increased through my lie to His glory, why am I also still judged as a sinner? And why not say, “Let us do evil that good may come”?—as we are slanderously reported and as some affirm that we say. Their condemnation is just. ~Romans 3:7-8 NKJV

We would have a difficult time of it, proving our point that God’s will is furthered and better served by lying, and other sins (any for of evil that would be be espoused). Consider the fact that in the Muslim faith of Islam, it is specifically stated that:

Qur’an 3:54—And they (the unbelievers) planned to deceive, and Allah planned to deceive (the unbelievers), and Allah is the best of deceivers.

Qur’an 7:99—Are they then safe from Allah’s deception? No one feels safe from Allah’s deception except those that shall perish.

Qur’an 8:30—And (remember) when the unbelievers plotted deception against you (O Muhammad), to imprison you, or kill you, or expel you. They plotted deception, but Allah also plotted deception; and Allah is the best of deceivers.

If we are to feel safe with our Creator, should not our creator be honorable and trustworthy in His word to us, His promises, His historical recounting of the past and the foretelling of the future? In the above passages from the Qur’an, in my opinion, NO ONE is able to trust Allah’s word or promises. As Allah is the best of deceivers (they’re words not mine) and therefore (One can reasonably infer) can lie and be deceitful to even those that follow him. This of course ties in to the doctrine of al Taqiyya

(Arabic: تقیة‎‎ taqiyyah, literally “prudence, fear”) is an Islamic term which refers to precautionary dissimulation or denial of religious belief and practice in the face of persecution. Another term for this concept, kitmān (lit. “action of covering, dissimulation”), has a more specific meaning of dissimulation by silence or omission.

This practice is emphasized in Shia Islam whereby adherents are permitted to conceal their religion when under threat of persecution or compulsion. However, it is also permitted in Sunni Islam under certain circumstances. (see reference)

This being said, the Muslim who follows Islam cannot be trusted, even those who are moderates. The reason being that they could be “concealing their religion” due to a real or perceived threat of persecution. This is the perfect religious guise to follow for such a lawless society; in that, you hide your religious belief and (as Mohammad had done in the 620s AD) built up his following of Islam. Made a treaty (10 year promissory) with those in Mecca to prevent their annihilation, upon the building up of a sizable force, four years later attacked Mecca under the guise of being a friend and non-aggressor and conquered the city of Mecca. Dishonorable of anyone to not honor their peace treaty…if not trustworthy under a peace treaty, how can they be trusted at any point in time?? Islam is a religious belief, a militaristic mindset, and a political governing ideology. And at no point in time can it’s leadership be trusted to keep their word, as they will seek to conquer all who do not believe in Allah.

Am I saying that the Islamic faith will be paramount in this lawless and chaotic environment? No, but they are very well organized and will run in the background while they are ruled by others until they make their move. They have a purpose for which they live and an ultimate purpose to attain and goal to achieve, similarly to communism…utter domination. They are very well organized. It is quite probable that they will be a super power of sorts during a time of such chaos. The unfortunate truth is that Christians have a tendency to veer away from violence and war. Does Jesus promote war? No, He does not, but where man is in existence war is inevitable. God desires us to live in peace and to live and walk, and talk, and act as Jesus did while here on this blue marble. But until the love of God, the One True God who Created all things (seen and unseen), we will live as the sinful, conquering, & warring species that we are.

Things will not be pleasant, to say the very least. God has called forth warriors throughout the Old Testament. However, even in the New Testament Jesus spoke of much division, which could be likened to war in a general sense. Although, these are more so concerning those who follow Jesus and the angst against (or from) those who do not.

Father will be divided against son and son against father, mother against daughter and daughter against mother, mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law.” ~Luke 12:53 NKJV

For I have come to ‘set a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law’ ~Matthew 10:35 NKJV

Of course, Revelation 12 deals quite a bit with warfare in the last days. We will be fighting, in my humble opinion, and we will be either martyrs for Christ or we will be those who protect those who are weaker that ourselves. Of course my opinion can change, with the advent of other understanding and knowledge. We are all warriors for Christ, since our adoption into the family of God! Whether you carry a sword to do battle or a bible which is the two edged sword of the word of God…each has the ability to cut to the chase, so-to-say! (No pun intended, it just worked out that way!) Will we physically war and fight in defense of the faith and our lives, I don’t know <specifically>, but it is in the nature of man to defend and fight for what he believes in. We were told by the Apostle Paul:

For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled.~2 Corinthians 10:3-6 NKJV

From this, one can infer, that our primary weapons are those of prayer and faith. Do not forget the history throughout the Old Testament where men and women were called to arms to defend the faith and annihilate the perpetrators of evil and sin.

I would urge all my fellow Christians to study the Bible, learn it, understand it, study apologetics, study evangelism, and use every opportunity that God presents you to accomplish His will in your life! God has a plan for each of us and has promised and given us all the tools we need to accomplish that, or those, task(s) that He has planned and purposed you for.


After writing this blog post I came across a podcast of Ravi Zacharias entitled, “A NATION IN DECAY” (a 2 part series [Sept. 10 & 17, 2016]; 8 Parts on YouTube). In this series, at least in the beginning, he spoke of the infiltration of Communism into our society.  He spoke of Aleksandr Isayevich Solzhenitsyn (who wrote GULAG ARCHIPELAGO) who gave a speech before a large audience of Harvard graduates. He told them how it would infiltrate these United States (entering into the schools, judicial branch, the laws created, etc.) and he was booed and jeered as though he were talking crazy. And now look, he was proven to be exactly right with the liberal & progressive mind hard at work in our society. The liberal belief that teaches our children, the liberal mind that progresses and becomes a professional and thereby forces itself upon our society through it’s laws and legal decisions. THIS is how Islam is forcing itself into our society. Yes, by force! Using our laws against us with those liberal minds to their advantage. These ideas are so good that they must be forced down the throats of the American people. And one day if we fail to fight back, there will be no churches to go to, nor any bibles to read. There will be no freedom to speak because there will be one thought. However, utter chaos will be the initial step and then moving on to another agenda.


The socialist thought (both progressive and Godless) has been forced upon us since the 1930s, perhaps earlier; the Gay agenda has been forced on us since about the 1950s or 1960s; and now, another agenda to send us into chaos is that of the Islamic & Shariah Law agenda. Each agenda continues on and takes another chunk out of our rights and ability to think freely for ourselves. Beware my brothers and sisters…BEWARE!

While reading the book, They Must Be Stopped: Why We Must Defeat Radical Islam and How We Can Do It by Brigitte Gabriel

it was brought to my attention of many incidents where we (America and the rights we possess kowtowed down to Islamic pressure.) The evil perpetrator of the terroristic attack in the movie the Sum of All Fears was changed to Neo-Nazis from Radical Muslims, A valued analyst was fired, as a contractor, from the State Department because he refused to change to wording of his report concerning Radical Muslims and Islamic Jihadists. (The request or demand came from a Muslim head in the department.

While this is not my normal blathering and not intended to be a bashing, but rather a call to arms that each and every one of you arm yourselves with the knowledge in this situation. Many liberal progressive believers without any knowledge of the contents of the Hadith or the Qur’an will make statements that Islam is a religion of peace…but that is just not the case.

As I spoke with a co-worker last night, I have no problem that anyone practices their religion in peace [of course, I would prefer that all believed as I believe – that is my hope that one day they will, but I do not force them to do so.] However, Islam is a quasi religious, political, and military mandate from one author. The belief is pushed from the time one can comprehend until adulthood. Women have rights – the right to be raped – the right to be honor killed for being raped – the right to be stoned in public – etc. Women are the reason and focal point for all sin in the Islamic world.

READ AND BE INFORMED MY FRIENDS!

May God Richly Bless You, My Beloved!

MK Murphy, PhD, DD

 

Cancer: The War All Encompassing

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For whoever shall keep the whole law, and yet stumble in one point, he is guilty of all. ~James 2:10 NKJV

Cancer: The War All Encompassing is all the other stuff that comes into play with our bodies, our psyche, our souls and our minds. So, with the quote from James, the brother of Jesus, could this mean that cancer is a judgement upon us for sins we have committed? Yes, I believe it is entirely possible! Consider what was posted previously by the minor prophet, Job, after being enticed by his own wife:

…Shall we indeed accept good from God, and shall we not accept adversity?.. ~Job 2:10 NKJV

While God cannot sin or cause evil, but is judgement truly an evil being committed upon someone, if their sins or actions warrant it? No, it is not. Face the fact that we are, in-fact, God’s personal property. Much like a home or a car or some furniture that you own. Perhaps, best explained as we are art created by the All Mighty Creator of the Universe. God being the paint of said art, He can destroy us and start anew, if He so desired. It is quite simply put by King David:

The earth is the Lord’s, and all its fullness, The world and those who dwell therein. ~Psalm 24:1 NKJV

Also, keep in mind that cancer may not be a judgement of God though but rather just a genetic or environmental problem that we just happened to pick up. Is it evil of God to let you die because of one of those factors? No, as we were only promised one life, one human life to live. One human life to get our acts together and find, as well as, perfect our purpose(s). Some of us are given a longer period of time and others a very short period of time. It is truly up to us to make the right choices and accomplish our purpose and glorify our Creator! (If you disagree with my belief, you might consider re-reading Genesis 1 through 4.) As creations of the One True God, we have not only an obligation to perform at our best, each and every day, in order to glorify Him who Created each of us; but we are also designed and obligated to perform in the purpose in which we were created…to glorify God and to do the best possible job in accomplishing the purpose for which we were created. That may be singing, art, writing, laboring, managing, supervising, creating value for other people in the form of a widget, etc. We each have a select purpose, but not all of us know what that is…yet. We must find it through our prayers and our service in our present and everyday job. But one day that purpose will come to each of us like a wildfire. Colonel Sanders (KFC) did not change the world until after the age of 65. Others did it later in life and many started much younger in life…each one of us is different and will accomplish our purpose differently, in God’s time, will and grace!

Funny, how we as people we flow through our lives lazily floating through a stream. Up until our twenties we haven’t a care in the world. In our 20s and 30s we are too busy trying to buy things and save for our futures and attempting to raise & support8-Ball our families. In our 40s we expend more time trying to get ahead, because we always feel as though we are behind the Eight Ball. As we make our way into our 50s we find more and more of our friends, family, those we graduated with, and those we served with are dying around us. It gets worse as we close out the 50s and enter into our 60s because we find more have left us and we see that we are the present day older generation and tend to see that we are the last bastions of hope that God has planted on this earth to guide those around us. Yet, at the same time we also find that we are truly ill prepared and not ready to lead those who really need to be led. With respect to leading others to Christ, our purpose, God’s will in our life…we sense failure in our midst. (As of yet, I have not exited my 50s, but I feel that sense of lost time, failure, and foolhardiness…but this blog and 2 others were created roughly 2 years ago. I have sensed a desire to write. Not great, but I believe I am fulfilling my role.)

Man has a tendency to think that cancer is a judgement upon him, we as man also have a tendency to either see it as something we have done to ourselves because of the stupid things we have done throughout our lives, and of course there are those who tend to get truly angry at what is happening. There will come a time where there is a sense of urgency in your life. Consider this statement made by Michael Landon, Jr., son of television legend Michael Landon, when he spoke this in an interview after his father died of cancer of the liver and pancreas in 1991:

Somebody should tell us, right at the start of our lives, that we are dying. Then we might live life to the limit, every minute of every day. Do it! I say. Whatever you want to do, do it now! There are only so many tomorrows.” ~ Michael Landon Jr.

we-will-have-to-dieWe as parents, protect our kids from far too much, I believe. One of the first things we need to teach our kids is about the gloriousness of our God, another thing we must teach our kids is that we are created to die. As Michael Landon, Jr. stated with such knowledge we may have more inspiration and passion, or desire to actually do much greater things in our lives. Perhaps, with such knowledge, we will truly glorify our God through our lack of fear (or even an abundant of fear of God.) I sense that we have a greater reverence for our God with all the knowledge we can muster up. With that knowledge that one day we will die, we can let loose of such fears and follow through with the unthinkable, unimagined, and the untried! Live life to the greatest possibilities that your life has to offer.

Love life and show that you love God by placing your life in His hands. Go beyond what has happened to you and live life with joy and a passion for God! But first, you must find that joy of your life, that passion you hold dearly, and that burning desire that drives you to go beyond your comfort zone!

May God Richly Bless You, My Beloved!

MK Murphy, PhD, DD