A few favorite scriptures and quotes , that remind me of why I am doing this:
“Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin”
“If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and” will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.
~2 Chronicles 7:14
“For in much wisdom is much grief, And he who increases knowledge increases sorrow” ~Ecclesiastes 1:18
“But if the watchman see the sword come, and blow not the trumpet, and the people be not warned; if the sword come, and take any person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at the watchman’s hand.”
“My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge…”
“If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?”
“But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.”
~1 Timothy 5:8
Hating the messenger without cause is very prevalent in “Modern Christianity”:
“But they have done this to fulfill the word that is written in their Law, ‘They hated Me without a cause.’”
“We know that we are of God, and the whole world lies in the power of the evil one.”
~1 John 5:19
“Let those who love the LORD hate evil, for he guards the lives of his faithful ones and delivers them from the hand of the wicked.”
“God judgeth the righteous, and God is angry with the wicked every day.”
“Who will rise up for me against the evildoers? or who will stand up for me against the workers of iniquity?”
~ Psalm 94:16
“Look at your troops– they are all weaklings. The gates of your land are wide open to your enemies; fire has consumed the bars of your gates.”
“…know ye not that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God”
“If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.”
“Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”
“And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found none.”
Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. ~ John 15:13
“But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.
For if any be a hearers of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass”
~ James 1 22-23
“So Jesus said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good but One, that is, God.”
“But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars–they will be consigned to the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.” (cowards & liars shall not enter the kingdom of heaven)
“Everything that is hidden will be found out, and every secret will be known.
Whatever I say to you in the dark, YOU must tell in the light….”
“Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you”
“……For everyone to whom much is given, from him much will be required; and to whom much has been committed, of him they will ask the more.”
“Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”
“But don’t be afraid of those who threaten you. For the time is coming when everything that is covered will be revealed, and all that is secret will be made known to all.”
“God hath not given us the spirit of fear”
~II Timothy 1:7 KJV)
“Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; who put darkness for light, and light for darkness; who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!”
“Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.”
“Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them.”
“Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.” ~Dietrich Bonhoeffer – Christian Pastor executed by the Nazi’s
“Stupidity is a more dangerous enemy of the good than malice“
“Blessed be the Lord my strength which teacheth my hands to war, and my fingers to fight:”
“The wicked flee when no man pursueth: but the righteous are bold as a lion”
“Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword. For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law.”
“Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake.
And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another.
And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.”
“Let the high praises of God be in their mouth,
And a two-edged sword in their hand,
To execute vengeance on the nations,
And punishments on the peoples;
To bind their kings with chains,
And their nobles with fetters of iron;”
“When you go to war against your enemies and see horses and chariots and an army greater than yours, do not be afraid of them, because the Lord your God, who brought you up out of Egypt, will be with you.”
“Behold, I have given you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall hurt you”
~ Luke 10:19
“Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.” ~Ephesians 6:10-18
“Stand fast therefore in the liberty where with Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.”
“And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.”
And I looked, and rose up, and said unto the nobles and to the rulers and to the rest of the people, “Be not ye afraid of them; remember the Lord, who is great and fearsome, and fight for your brethren, your sons and your daughters, your wives and your houses.”
ARE YOU PREPARED TO STAND ON THE WALL WITH YOUR SWORD IN HAND TO DEFEND YOUR BRETHREN -DO YOU HEAR THE TRUMPET CALLING ALL BELIEVERS TO THE BATTLE?
~Nehemiah 4:16-22King James Version (KJV)
“These are the times that try men’s souls: the summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of his country…”.
“All of Scripture is an admonition to fight evil, in ourselves and in the world ― and the consequences of not doing so. If the Christian, particularly, can be convinced that there is nothing he can do in his lifetime, he will do nothing or next to nothing ― and his conscience will not bother him”
~Arthur R. Thompson pg 273 To The Victor Go The Myths & Monuments: The History of the First 100 Years of the War Against God and the Constitution, 1776 – 1876, and Its Modern Impact
“I have sworn upon the altar of God Eternal, hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.”
“You seem to consider the judges as the ultimate arbiters of all constitutional questions; a very dangerous doctrine indeed, and one which would place us under the despotism of an oligarchy.”
“If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around [the banks] will deprive the people of all property until their children wake-up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered. The issuing power should be taken from the banks and restored to the people, to whom it properly belongs.”
“If you will not fight for the right when you can easily win without bloodshed; if you will not fight when victory will be sure and not too costly; you may come to the moment when you will have to fight with all odds against you and only a small chance of survival. There may even be a worse case: you may have to fight when there is no hope for victory, because it is better to parish than to live as slaves.” ~ Winston Churchill
“It is through government, and law that Christians either love one another, or hate one another.
Sadly it’s apparent that the latter is what Christians have chosen.”
“If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude than the animated contest of freedom–go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains sit lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen.”
~ Samuel Adams
“It does not take a majority to prevail… but rather an irate, tireless minority, keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men”
~ Samuel Adams
“Hope has two beautiful daughters; their names are Anger and Courage. Anger at the way things are, and Courage to see that they do not remain as they are.”
~ Saint Augustine of Hippo
Litany Against Fear from Frank Herbert’s book Dune
“I must not fear.
Fear is the mind-killer.
Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration.
I will face my fear.
I will permit it to pass over me and through me.
And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path.
Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.”
“Aye, fight and you may die. Run, and you’ll live… at least a while. And dying in your beds, many years from now, would you be willin’ to trade ALL the days, from this day to that, for one chance, just one chance, to come back here and tell our enemies that they may take our lives, but they’ll never take… OUR FREEDOM!” ~ William Wallace
“You seem to consider the judges as the ultimate arbiters of all constitutional questions; a very dangerous doctrine indeed, and one which would place us under the despotism of an oligarchy.” ~Thomas Jefferson
What is imprecatory prayer?
To imprecate means “to invoke evil upon or curse” one’s enemies. King David, the psalmist most associated with imprecatory verses such as Psalm 55:15, 69:28, and 109:8, often used phrases like, “may their path be dark and slippery, with the angel of the LORD pursuing them” (Psalm 35:6) and “O God, break the teeth in their mouths; tear out the fangs of the young lions, O LORD!” (Psalm 58:6).
Psalms 7, 35, 55, 58, 59, 69, 109, and 139 were written by David to ask God to bring judgment upon his enemies. (The other two imprecatory psalms, 79 and 137, were written by Asaph and an unknown psalmist.) These prayers were written not so much to exact revenge upon one’s enemies, but rather to emphasize God’s abhorrence of evil, His sovereignty over all mankind, and His divine protection of His chosen people. Many of these prayers were prophetic and could be seen taking place later in the New Testament in actual historical events.
When David prayed for God to shatter the teeth of his enemies, likening them to young lions pursuing him to his death, he was making the point that God is holy, righteous, and just, and He will ultimately judge the wicked for the evil they do. Jesus quoted some of the imprecatory psalms during His earthly ministry. In John 15:25, Jesus quotes Psalm 35:19 and 69:4. Paul also quoted an imprecatory prayer in Romans 11:9–10, which is a quote of Psalm 69:22–23. Since Jesus and Paul quoted verses from these imprecatory psalms, it proves those psalms were inspired by God and counters any allegation that they were sinful or selfish prayers of revenge.
Using imprecatory prayers from the Psalms today should only be done against our spiritual enemies (Ephesians 6:12). Praying imprecations on human foes is unjustifiable, as it would require taking these prayers out of context. In the New Testament, Jesus exhorts us to pray for our enemies (Matthew 5:44–48; Luke 6:27–38), but praying for their death or for bad things to happen to them isn’t what He meant. Instead, we are to pray for their salvation first and foremost, and then for God’s will to be done. There’s no greater blessing than a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, and that’s what Jesus means by praying for and blessing those who curse us.
Praying in that manner allows God to work in our own lives to soften our hearts toward our enemies so that we’ll have compassion on them for their eternal destiny, and to remove bitterness and anger from our hearts. Praying for God’s will to be done means we agree with God and are submitting ourselves to His divine sovereignty, despite not always understanding perfectly what He’s doing in a particular situation. And it means we have given up the idea that we know best and instead are now relying on and trusting in God to work His will. If a personal wrong has truly been done to us, we seek God in prayer about it, and then leave room for God’s judgment and trust Him to do what is best. That is the way to be at peace with God and all men (Romans 12:17-21).
6 Let their way be dark and slippery,
with the angel of the Lord pursuing them!
15 Let death steal over them;
let them go down to Sheol alive;
for evil is in their dwelling place and in their heart.
6 O God, break the teeth in their mouths;
tear out the fangs of the young lions, O Lord!
28 Let them be blotted out of the book of the living;
let them not be enrolled among the righteous.
8 May his days be few;
may another take his office!