America’s Perfect Storm – Winning with God’s Perspective

America’s Perfect Storm – Winning with God’s Perspective

2020 has become America’s perfect Storm! We have witnessed confusion, contradiction and chaos leaving many in a state of fear.

In the current battle between light and darkness, like David, we are blessed with supernatural resources to protect us from the Goliath’s of COVID, Black Lives Matter, hatred and the lies of the enemy.

One of the most under-used resources is putting on the mind of Christ which enables us to maintain God’s perspective and walk victoriously in the Spirit even during the worst of times.

‘We have the mind
of Christ.’
1 Cor. 2:16

Bringing God’s Narrative

into the Battle

Our country and the rest of the world are living in unprecedented times. From lock-downs, business closures, civil unrest, demonstrations, masks, church closures and all the rest.

Regarding the church, has there ever been a time in modern church history where virtually every church around the world has been ordered to close its building doors to their congregation and communities?

Despite all that is going on, God has chosen you and me to be alive “for such a time as this.” What a privilege and responsibility we have to be the ones God has chosen to reveal and demonstrate God’s heart and bring the Gospel to the world in the end times.

A Spiritual Battle

We are indeed in a spiritual battle between light and darkness.

So many have been deceived and hitched themselves to the wrong train, caving into media-driven, Black Lives Matter narratives designed to rattle and divide people against one another. It’s saddening.

It’s time to put aside the media-driven narratives and put on the mind of Christ.

David Took God’s Narrative into Battle

As believers, it’s crucial that we bring God’s narrative into the battle.

In the story of David and Goliath found in 1 Samuel 17, we see Goliath, who day in and day out, taunts the armies of the living God – namely Israel. Israel buys into Goliath’s godless narrative and is reduced to an army cowering to fear and intimidation rather than faith and trust in a miracle-working God. Sound familiar?

While Israel is consumed with Goliath’s narrative, David is in the fields getting God’s. That’s a recipe for victory!

Day in and day out, David is walking with God, protecting his flock, and meditating on the Word. So when the time has come for him to be called upon, David brings God’s narrative onto the battlefield, and the rest is history.

The Choice is Yours

While we continue to be assaulted with media-narratives, we all need to make a choice. Are we going to stay quarantined listening to the loud sound of the media-driven narrative that promotes fear and division, or will we choose to limit its noise and seek God through reading the Word, meditating on the Word and seeking Him in prayer to receive His perspective?

We must never allow the descending culture, the signs of the times, and the narratives that come with it, to become Goliath and gain primary influence in our lives. This is what the enemy wants and only leads to fear, doubt, and hopelessness.

Only God’s narrative, active within us by the voice of the Holy Spirit provides the faith, hope and love to overcome in this dangerous and demonically fueled season.

What narrative has preeminence in your life – Goliath’s or God’s? What seems bigger to you? Goliath was a giant. But not to David!

Be assured, God is in control. He longs to partner with you to see His plan fulfilled in your life! His narrative grows in our hearts when we pray and gain access to the strategies of heaven. In doing so, David’s are born, and Goliath’s are slain.

Trump’s UAE-Israel “Abraham Accord’ is a Middle East Game Changer

Trump’s UAE-Israel “Abraham Accord’ is a Middle East Game Changer

As all sides move to finalize the peace deal between Israel and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), it’s causing a political shuffle across the Middle East and has significant prophetic implications.

Trump’s ‘Abraham Accord’

The world was shocked by the recent stunning announcement by President Trump that the United States had moderated talks between the UAE and Israel leading to a “peace deal” between the two Middle Eastern countries.

The news of the deal sent a shockwave across the Arab world and into the US, with many wondering how this was possible, why now, how long had the deal been in the making, and what consequences would follow.

President Trump aptly named the historic peace agreement the ‘Abraham Accord’ which he brokered between Israel and the ultra-modern Gulf Arab nation, United Arab Emirates (UAE).

For only the third time in 72 years, a peace treaty has been signed between Israel and an Arab state.

Israel and the UAE agreed to full normalization of relations that was worked on by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, UAE’s Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Mohamed bin Zayed and President Trump.

Netanyahu called the deal “full, formal peace,” with “one of the strongest countries in the world,” according to The Jerusalem Post.

Trump called it “a truly historic moment” and said, “Now that the ice has been broken, I expect more Arab and Muslim countries will follow the United Arab Emirates.”

Is this the Last Days Peace Plan that is Prophesied in Scripture?

What prophecy students are asking is, is this deal part of the Trump peace plan called the “Deal of the Century”?

The short answer is no, the new peace treaty between Israel and the UAE is not part of the Trump Peace Plan that was announced in January.

However, one important aspect of this deal is that it has the potential to influence other Arab countries and inspire future deals between Israel and its neighbors that definitely will affect the Trump Peace plan. Here’s what I mean.

Against all the pundits, President Trump’s ‘Abraham Accord’ has put in motion a positive strategic shift across the Middle East bringing Arab states and Israel into a friendly coalition with far-reaching implications.

The Arab nations are finally coming to the realization it’s safer to partner with Israel than stand-alone against the rising threats of Turkey and Iran. They’ve also come to understand that Israel, and by extension, America, offer far more benefits than danger and will provide stability and greater deterrence for them in the region.

The UAE is one of the most modern countries on earth and has become a financial powerhouse in the Middle East. All you need to do is google up some pictures of their modern beauty and innovative shoreline to see what I mean.

Because of their international standing and western flare, once the UAE broke ranks and signed a peace agreement with the Jewish State it was a game-changer that will open the door for others.

Fellow Gulf nations Bahrain and Oman immediately signaled their support and interest to make peace with Israel, and the countries of Sudan and Saudi Arabia followed with many more possibilities.

The Gulf, Arab states share Israel’s fear that Iran is working to develop nuclear weapons, and issued a harsh statement calling on Iran to back off from its threats.

The head of the Gulf Cooperation Council that represents the six Arab nations neighboring Iran called on Iran to respect the “non-interference in internal affairs” of the UAE and “to cease threatening language that does not serve security and stability in the region and the whole world.”

In an important turn of events, Israel’s peace with the UAE influenced Israel to suspend their plans to annex 30% of the West Bank land, one of the ingenious incentives of the Trump Plan.

In turn, the UAE and other Gulf States have indicated they would like to work with Israel to influence the Palestinian Authority to accept the Trump Peace Plan for a Palestinian State.

Normalizing relations between Israel and its neighbors will ultimately lead to Israel’s final peace deal with Antichrist before the 7-Year Tribulation.

John MacArthur on Fox News with Tucker Carlson Explaining Church Position Defying California Order to Close Churches

John MacArthur on Fox News with Tucker Carlson Explaining Church Position Defying California Order to Close Churches

Pastor John MacArthur of California’s Grace Community Church defended his decision to hold live services despite the state-mandated closure of churches, saying his congregation is “protesting lies and deception for the sake of the truth.”

On Tuesday, MacArthur appeared on Fox News’ “Tucker Carlson Tonight” to explain why his church decided to reopen just weeks after Gov. Gavin Newsom indefinitely closed churches and other businesses in more than 30 of the state’s 58 counties as part of its response to the coronavirus.

California Vs. Church

Reasons To Open Church

What a great testimony!

Churches need to pledge to stand up against government interference and tyranny and stay open!

According to Pastor John MacArthur, in choosing to reopen, Grace Community Church operated under the Constitution’s protection of religious freedom.

“First of all and foremost, it is a First Amendment right,” MacArthur said. “This is the United States of America and the government cannot intrude into worship. We stand on that amendment.”

The pastor also cited the low risk of death from COVID in California as a key reason his church opened its doors.

“The second thing that makes this so sensible is that in the state of California there are 40 million people, 8,500 of them have died with COVID. That is .002 (percent),” MacArthur said. “So in California, you have a 99.99 percent chance to survive COVID.”

“So why would you shut down the entire state?” he asked. “Particularly when people are frightened and sometimes terrified that they are going to die. It’s foolish to shut down the church where most of the intense relationships in our society exist in the life of the church.

It’s multi-generational. We have had 21 weeks with no ministry to a thousand little children, to a thousand university students, to junior high students, to high school students to senior adults.”

MacArthur pointed to the difficulties of pastoring in the midst of a lockdown, explaining, “We’ve had no funerals. No weddings. I can’t go to the hospital. I’ve had to go on the phone to talk to dying people at the hospital.”

The pastor said that he “finally” started preaching to an empty auditorium, and after three weeks, congregants slowly began returning to church.

“People, without us saying anything, started coming back. They didn’t buy the narrative,” MacArthur said. “They kept coming back, and last Sunday, 3,000 of them came back and they rejoiced. They hugged each other and they didn’t wear masks and they sang songs. They understand the reality of it. I haven’t had to say anything.”

MacArthur then directed Carlson to a statement he wrote to the congregation on Friday, which he said “affirms why this is right and critical for our society.”

“Government officials have no right to interfere in ecclesiastical matters in a way that undermines or disregards the God-given authority of pastors and elders,” MacArthur wrote, in part.

The pastor said the government is “specifically tasked with the oversight and protection of civic peace and well-being within the boundaries of a nation or community.”

“God has not granted civic rulers authority over the doctrine, practice, or polity of the church,” he continued. “The biblical framework limits the authority of each institution to its specific jurisdiction. The church does not have the right to meddle in the affairs of individual families and ignore parental authority. Parents do not have authority to manage civil matters while circumventing government officials.”

On July 13, Newsom announced that churches, fitness centers and businesses in several industries in 30 California counties would be ordered to shut down again unless they can operate outside or through pick-up services.

California’s restrictions for indoor religious gatherings include a ban on singing, as chanting and singing “negate the risk-reduction achieved through six feet of physical distancing,” according to health officials.

“Places of worship must therefore discontinue indoor singing and chanting activities and limit indoor attendance to 25% of building capacity or a maximum of 100 attendees, whichever is lower,” the state guideline says.

At least three churches in California have already sued the state for banning singing and chanting in places of worship, calling it an “unconstitutional abuse of power.”

We need more churches like this. Please pray for Pastor John MacArthur and the brave members of Grace Community Church.