First Assembly of God

Notes from Pastor Jerry Oct 2017

This isn’t your father’s America. The good ole’ days with Chevy and apple pie have long since left. This is a new world. This is the “new” America. The Apostle Paul was instructing us in Eph. 6:11-12 when he stated, ” Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil. For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places. “ It would be very easy to direct our anger toward people like Vladimir Putin, the Ayatollah of Iran, Kim Sung Un or ISIS but they themselves are not the ones the fight is against. There is a strong spirit behind and above them. They are just speaking from the spirit that guides their understanding. Paul wrote to Timothy and explained about the spiritual climate that would be pervasive in the world including America, I Tim 4:1-2 Now the Holy Spirit tells us clearly that in the last times some will turn away from the true faith; they will follow deceptive spirits and teachings that come from demons. 2 These people are hypocrites and liars, and their consciences are dead. It doesn’t surprise me that leaders in the gay agenda would attack Christianity. A person who lives the lifestyle of a homosexual and who believes in the “sanctity” of same-sex marriage certainly does not believe or agree with God’s Word on these subjects. Silence is the same as endorsing the practice of evil. Paul said that the weapons of our warfare are not in the flesh but they are mighty to pull down strongholds. Our best weapons are the Spirit of the Lord, His Holy Word, and the language of prayer! Heaven and earth shall pass away but His Word will never pass away. Peoples opinions are subject to His Word. All things are subject to His Word. The church would do well to remember that through the divide of the current culture, compromise with the world is spiritual suicide.

Being an American and being a Christian do not always follow the same path. (Especially the last 40 years) There is a strong Anti-Christ spirit that is working behind the scenes in our nation to undermine the foundational principles of our forefathers.

Maybe this kind of persecution is just the thing needed to rally the troops of the Lord. Call us what you will. They hated Jesus first, and He said they would hate us also. So what have we to lose. Let’s stand up for the Lord. The Lord protects those who will fear Him! Let’s get “Radical” by loving them and allowing the “Sword” of the Spirit to pierce their heart! Then one day the devil will leave America, and the whole world for that matter, alone once and for all!

Pastor Jerry