Scripture Teaches [Hidden] Wickedness WILL be Exposed!

In regard to the current and ongoing political discourse regarding the possible “Pay-for-Play” bribe system that the Clintons have [allegedly] been utilizing since their years in the White House, it is important to keep a Biblical perspective on this political hot-button issue.

The question has been whether foreigners gained access and favorable influence with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton by (1) making sizable “contributions” to the Clinton Foundation, and (2) paying enormous speaking fees to President Bill Clinton. Included in the debate has been discussions and investigations regarding her illegal use of private email servers for official top secret government work thereby making top secret information accessible to our enemies, and her subsequent steps to cover-up her communications through those servers. The questions and accusations surrounding these things are lengthy, more than we need to touch on here.

Regardless of one’s political leanings, one’s political affiliations, or one’s bitter mistrust of political parties or the law enforcement agencies who have not appeared to do their due diligence in investigation, etc., the truth (the innocence or the guilt) of Secretary Hillary Clinton and President Clinton will definitely be known, sooner or later.

THE PRINCIPLE OF EXPOSURE

If wickedness is concealed, it WILL eventually be exposed. This is regardless of the political affiliation of the evil doer, the political party that is in power, and the political leanings of the majority of the media. This principle of exposure is just as much a principle of the spirit-realm as gravity is of the natural-realm.

This principle of exposure is also sure and consistent even when countered with consistent countermeasures of “Deny, Deny, Deny” and “Spin, Spin, Spin,” and “Never Admit Anything.”

“Their malice may be concealed by deception, but their wickedness will be exposed in the assembly.

Whoever digs a pit will fall into it; if someone rolls a stone, it will roll back on them.

A lying tongue hates those it hurts, and a flattering mouth works ruin.”

~ Proverbs‬ ‭26:26-28‬

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The 5th Commandment: Respect for Our Parents

We know that parents should love their children; to provide for their needs; to raise them with godly instruction; to demonstrate for them what the loving Father-heart of God is like. When we see a parent act in an unloving way toward their own children, we become disgusted and our desire to protect that child explodes within our own hearts. We think of the special place in hell that is reserved for those unloving, cruel parents (Matthew 18; Mark 9; Luke 17).

Now that we agree on the importance of parents loving their children, let’s consider how much GREATER the importance of adult children to have respect for their own parents. I’ll address the adults who are reading this, because we as adults need to have a clear understanding of the importance that God places upon our genuine respect for our parents.

The 10 Commandments (Exodus 20) are considered the pinnacle of all of God’s instructions and commands for us. The first 4 Commandments teach about our relationship with God, and the last 6 Commandments instruct us on our relationships with people. It is to these two distinctions in the 10 Commandments that Christ refers when He answered the question, “Which of the commandments is the greatest?”

“Jesus replied: “ ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment.

And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.””

~ Matthew‬ ‭22:37-40‬

The very first commandment related to interpersonal relationships (surprisingly) is not in regard to parents loving their children (which does come later as a subordinate command of the 10 Commandments), but is in regard to children respecting their parents!

Let’s face it, we grow up from infancy into childhood, from childhood into teenager, from teenager to being a young adult, and from being a young adult to a mature adult. However, we are throughout our lives the children of our parents. The 5th Commandment applies to us throughout our lifetime, even beyond the eventual death of our parents.

The command to respect our parents is fairly easy to fulfill when we have had good parents. It is easy to reciprocate the love that has been received and experienced in the first decades of our lives.

But, what if you have had a horrible life experience because one or both of your parents have been unloving, cruel, and abusive emotionally, physically, or sexually? What if there was nothing about their parenthood that is worth a single penny of positive value? What if they lived out a cruel parenthood that has subsequently reserved for them that special place in hell for those who have been cruel to children (assuming they do not turn to Christ before their death)?

The word “respect” literally means “to invert.” That is, the adult child should invert their standing over their unloving parent and become a genuine servant that honors them.

This respect does not mean that you deny what your unloving, cruel parents might have done in the past. It does not deny they may still be manipulative, self-centered liers who have never admitted to their cruelty, much less sought your forgiveness. They may still be blamers of others, maybe even blame you for anything that happened (or still happens).

Respect does not mean that we surrender for more physical abuse. We can and should defend ourselves (and our own children, their grandchildren) from any future harm.

But, our respect should come from the heart, and sometimes it’s from a broken and empty heart. They may never change. They may never know the forgiveness of Christ… until you show them your own forgiveness. Respect means that we forgive them while maintaining a solid and centered stance in our own lives.

Too often, adults of an abusive childhood confuse forgiveness and respect with voluntary surrender to being abused again. In that emotionally-charged state, it is an easy confusion to have. But, a child of God whose heart is set upon Christ will seek the help of God to have a calmed spirit and a clear mind so they can truly—from the heart—fulfill the 5th Commandment, the first of the interpersonal relationship commandments.

I know it can be difficult. Though I have had a wonderful childhood and have not had to struggle at all with respecting my parents in my adult years, I have known and worked closely with far too many adult children whose childhood involved parental abuse, lovelessness, and abandonment. Please, for the sake of your own peace of mind and your own right standing with God, seek the Lord’s help in this area of your life. Who knows just how much good will flow from your own journey for the healing of many?

#PastorsTip #Parents #Children #AdultChildren #Abuse #EmotionalAbuse #SexualAbuse #TenCommandments #10Commandments

When Christians Suffer Dementia

What happens to the salvation of Christians who begin to succumb to mental disorders of dementia, like Alzheimer’s or Frontal Lobe Dementia, which destroys their capacity to reason and to exhibit self-control?

It is heart breaking to watch someone descend into such a helpless state of being, when their life has exhibited a genuine love for God and love for others but they slowly lose their capacity to reason, unraveling their godly reputation by acting out in ways that they would be utterly ashamed of and embarrassed by if they were in their right mind.

Perhaps they begin to treat their spouse (whom they have loved and adored their entire married life) with disdain, suspicion, and even physical abuse. Their life of sharing and loving sacrifice turns into self-absorbed obsession and emotional isolation. They think and feel like everyone is out to get them, to steal their stuff, and to trick them. Family members find they can no longer reason with them because their capacity to reason has become broken and their ability for introspection has been lost.

When suffering these kinds of trials, what happens to their salvation? The apostle Paul said it well when he wrote:

“… I know whom I have believed, and am convinced that He is able to guard what I have entrusted to Him until that day.”

~ 2 Timothy 1:12

When we believe upon the Lord Jesus Christ and we entrust to Him the safekeeping of our eternal soul, He does exactly that: He safeguards our soul! This includes safeguarding our eternal soul when we lose our capacity to reason, to exhibit the self-control that we would otherwise have the capacity to do and that we are called upon to exercise in our Christian walk when we are in our “right mind.”

If you have a family member who has been a follower of Christ, but has recently succumb to a form of dementia where they are “not themselves,” their eternal soul is safeguarded in Christ. They may have become lewd, crude, abusive, and many other things (as a result of their dementia) but Christ has them in His arms. Christ knows exactly when someone is not exhibiting their true heart, and when it is their broken and short-circuiting brain that is at fault.

The grace of God is sufficient for them, and the grace of God will be sufficient for you and your family as you patiently care for them during their final season in life.

#PastorsTip #Dementia #Alzheimers #SecureSalvation #GraceOfGod

Remember Who Called You

Are you following the call of God everyday, but it seems so hard? Are you discouraged by the loneliness and lack of general recognition for what you do sacrificially for so many others?

Are you battling diseases of the body and depressions of the soul?

Don’t forget Who called you! Remember exactly Who called you! You have been greatly honored and entrusted with your Divine assignment.

David Livingstone, former Explorer and Missionary (commissioned by his earthly King and by his Heavenly King) was sent into the heart of the unexplored African continent to create avenues for trade and for preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ.

He too knew the times of loneliness, of enduring a diseased body, and enduring a depressed soul. At some point he had his first experience (one of many!) with a day like you might be having.

He wrote in his diary something that was no doubt for his own reminding, but also a tremendous truth for the eventual readers of his diaries:

“If a commission by an earthly king is considered an honor, how can a commission by a Heavenly King be considered a sacrifice?”

~ David Livingstone, Missionary & Explorer of Africa

Remember Who called you. You have been honored with a Divine commission!

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