It was my intention to begin a series on Covenant today, but because of a number of ongoing discussions with different groups in the past few weeks, I felt the necessity of changing gears for the next few weeks. Most of us have grown up within the structured church world and subjected to a variety of teachings concerning “The Great Tribulation.” In fact, there is no such thing in the Word — anywhere — as “The Great Tribulation.”
Howdy, Howdy!! "I will enter His gates with thanksgiving in my heart; I will enter His gates with praise; I will say this is the day that the Lord hath made....." Right. I'm still starting the day off singing. Can't help it. This is a stupendous day! Another blessed day! A highly prosperous day! Folks that sit next to me at times wonder if I have a case of heebie-jeebies because my legs are bouncing, or my feet are tapping. I get these really strange looks from them when I tell them that I have music that pours through my spirit non-stop; and most of the time it is completely new music I've never heard before. Guess it's a product of being a praiser and worshiper.
The spirit of condemnation is one that pursues every woman who has ever had an abortion. Despite what you see and hear in the media, and the baloney coming out of Hollywood, the overwhelming majority of women who have had abortions also suffer from extreme guilt, from an overwhelming sense of loss and condemnation that they seek to hide from in a wide variety of ways. Deliverance from both the Spirit of Abortion and the Spirit of Condemnation are an absolute necessity for these women. What sometimes accompanies these spirits is a Spirit of Murder – and the woman who has had the abortion sometimes commits suicide to escape from the guilt that haunts her.
Last week, we talked about responsibility and consequences of choice. One of the things that goes with "a woman's right to choose" is the consequence of that choice. The Spirit of Abortion, of course, always hides the responsibility that goes with choice, and particularly the consequences that follow our choices. The deception for Christians who get contaminated with this same spirit is that they think that because they protest and take a stand against something so obviously hedonistic -- something which so clearly violates the Word of God -- they can avoid the consequences when their protests also violate the laws of the land.
Today, let’s touch on an evil that has beset our generation, and has plagued both our nation and the body of Christ pretty much since shortly after the turn of the 20th Century. With Georgia and Alabama leading the way in the news lately with their efforts to pass legislation essentially blocking all kinds of abortion, no matter the circumstance, and no matter the timing in a woman’s pregnancy, as well as the controversy surrounding the Virgina governor’s statement saying that it was OK to allow a child to come to full birth, then keep it alive, until a decision was made to kill it, the controversy surrounding abortion has taken center stage. Let’s tackle this subject today from a Scriptural standpoint.
I want to continue where we left off last week in dealing with the spirit of compromise that has grossly affected our society – AND – the body of Christ to a large extent! Excuse me in advance, if I stomp on your toes or touch a sensitive nerve. Let’s talk about a touchy subject – well, touchy to political types, anyway. I’m fixin’ to go over the edge today. Way over the edge! When Dad passed away, I inherited a ruler he kept on his desk for many years. It had a phrase I’ve always considered to be classic. The ruler was a gift from a group of pastors who decided that Dad was one of the greatest diplomats they’d ever met.
Last week, we started off a bit differently than we have in the past, and this week’s Coffee Break is no different. Last week, we dealt with the effect of curses, and the non-effect of causeless curses. This week, let’s talk about deliverance from the need to compromise. In Psalm 122:6, David writes, "Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee. Peace be within thy walls, and prosperity within thy palaces. For my brethren and companions' sakes, I will now say, Peace be within thee. Because of the house of the Lord our God I will seek thy good."
"As the sparrow in her wandering, as the swallow in her flying, so the causeless curse shall not alight." (Proverbs 26:2, Amplified Version) "How can I curse those God has not cursed? Or how can I [violently] denounce those the LORD has not denounced?" (Numbers 23:8, Amplified Version) Today I'd like to take a few minutes and share with you some of my own personal experiences in the realm of causeless curses. Some of what I share you’ve heard me share previously, so bear with me if you’ve read it or heard it before. Anyway, Good Morning, all you Blessed People! Sorta got started there a bit different than normal. Pull up a chair, set a spell, and pour yourself a cup of this good Columbian brew.