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“And God spoke all these words: ‘I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery. You shall have no other gods before me. You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments.” Exodus 20:1-6
A Note From the CSN Founder…
The world we live in has suddenly changed, as throughout the world one highly contagious and very deadly disease has captured the attention of the world’s people. All across the planet, the nations are in a state of turmoil, and some in internal chaos due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. In such a time of tribulation, many people sincerely seek answers for causes and cures. Others in such times, also turn toward their faith for strength.
In another time, long, long ago, a nation was totally transformed by a plague — an “angel of death.” The status quo was upended as Pharaoh, popularly thought to be an incarnation of a god, found himself with no rational answers to various calamities that afflicted his nation. This all powerful ruler eventually consented, under great pain, to give the Hebrew slaves a three-day vacation to go and worship their God in the wilderness
Many people who do not know the Bible, and even those that claim to, may not realize that this incredible struggle between the Pharaoh and some wanderer from the wilderness named Moses was only over a three day period of time in which the Hebrews could ‘get away’ to worship their
God in the desert. This showdown between these two strong-willed men was what needed to be determined. In the end, an “angel of death” brought such incredible grief to this great Pharaoh, as his own son died of the plague, that he relented in emotional weakness, and permitted the journey to commence. Of course the Hebrew people would never look back.
That incredible confrontation was a serious struggle recorded in the Bible, and it led to Exodus, the journey from Egypt to the mountain where the Ten Commandments were received by the escaped slaves, the Hebrew people. Moses had been relatively unknown to that generation of Egyptians as well as to his own people. He went back to Egypt after murdering an Egyptian 40 years prior. It is likely the wanted posters had disintegrated by that time, but he was still not well known, and certainly not completely trusted among his own people. Yet, he was the one chosen by God to free his people from the grips of tyranny under the Pharaoh.
The Hebrew people had left all that they knew, risked all to trust a man who claimed he had been sent from God to help the Hebrew people have their freedom. But, they ultimately had to trust in God. They had to be humble and trust in God in order to receive the Ten Commandments. They had only known slavery for 400 years. They were determined to create a new nation in the “land of milk and honey” for themselves and their posterity. But, to get from slavery to freedom trust in God had to be real, and to receive the Ten Commandments as the core of their faith, they had to be humble and trust that they came from God, and not just a man.
The Ten Commandments are the foundation of the faith in one God for many different Middle Eastern monotheistic religions. It is also true that the Ten Commandments were the basis for a new form of government on the planet, which would not be completed until thousands of years after receiving the tablets. That nation is now in danger as it is under attack, and people of genuine faith will once again need to trust in God to help America get through this perilous time.
In light of this understanding, we offer two messages this week. One is from Rachel Toland, the co-founder of the Remnant Rising group. Rachel is one of those in the millennial generation, but she has wisdom beyond her years. Her message this week is also posted on the Remnant Rising website. A link is provided at the end of her message. Rachel writes a very personable manner and is very spiritual in her perceptions, which are rooted in the Bible. I find her reflections very down to earth, yet not of the world.
The second message is from Pastor Earl Wallace, of Liberty Christian Fellowship. His message is relevant for many seeking greater understanding of the Bible or the Ten Commandments. He is very focused in this message about the first two of the Commandments and has a pertinent point about this regarding saving our nation of the United States. As people do not live ‘by bread alone,’ there is a lot to be digested in Pastor Wallace’s message. Knowing the Commandments intellectually is one thing; yet to be able to put them into practice is another, and this is true of those great and common alike. Pastor Wallace is very passionate about his mission — his words are worth reading.
These words are being freely offered and are being sent to you as part of the “David Project.” Please receive this message as a gift from those who care. They are only words that are being offered, freely, but some contain a deep message of faith, or a deeper expression of heart that readers can hopefully receive into their hearts. As it was written: “Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.” Proverbs 29:18 – KJV
May we humble ourselves, seek His face, repent, and turn from wickedness – even if that may mean one’s failure to fathom the significance of the time we are living in, or to act in genuine faith and a sincere trust in God and in His ways.
WHY WOULD GOD SAVE A NATION?
Rachel Toland / 2020-04-03
I was sitting on the floor with my husband after a really late night before he started work from his new office, AKA our bedroom. We were just sitting there while I was playing with his hair when a word of knowledge came to me.
Why would God save a nation that would continue being lukewarm and keep wandering from Him?
Why would God save a people who continually divide others from each other, who do not seek peace and pursue it?
Why would God punish a nation? Is it not to bring a people back to Himself?
Why would I save the USA?
I would save you from your wicked ways. I would save you from selfishness, from pride, from growing fat with blessing. I would correct you and chastise you because I love you.
All these things tear you apart from Me. I will bring correction upon you as necessary to restore you to Me.
This is what is hanging in the balance the next several months.
Why would I save a nation?
I would save a nation from itself, if they turn to Me with all their hearts, minds, souls and strength.
The Lord chastises whom He loves. He disciplines those whom He calls legitimate sons. Therefore, do not lose hope in correction. (Hebrews 12:4-7)
How else do I get a people’s attention but by shaking them awake? How can I speak to you when you have grown stiff-necked?
Humble yourselves and live. (James 4:8-10)
I said “God, I can’t put that out there. People will think I’m judgmental.”
And all I felt was the love of a desperate Father for His children.
And He said,
“I tell you these things because I love you. I want to restore you to Me. ”
Then a little while later, my children got into a disagreement and illustrated these divisions perfectly. And then this came:
“All I need you to do is confess, repent and make things right with your brothers and sisters, with those around you. I don’t need you to punish yourself or to beat yourself up. I don’t want you to run and hide from Me. Confess, turn away from these things and live.”
Rachel Toland is author of “Faith to Move the Mountain of the Heart,” which is a primer and foundation on the fundamentals of wilderness and spiritual warfare. She is the co-founder of Remnant Rising, which is aimed at seeking the righteous young people in America who truly seek to know God’s will, to walk in His ways, and to help in the building of the Kingdom of God on Earth. Contact Rachel Toland at email@example.com
Find out about Remnant Rising’s Mission: https://remnantrising.group/
“The Remnant to Save America, People After God’s Own Heart Must Take Commandments One and Two Seriously!”
By Pastor Earl Wallace 3/30, 2020
God takes very seriously His Ten Commandments. He especially takes seriously numbers 1 & 2, which unfortunately, are the two I believe the church takes the most for granted. What I mean is demonstrated when we consider why God considered David a man after His own heart. (1 Sam 13:14, Acts 13: 22)
David was a man after God’s own heart.
Was David considered to be a man after God’s own heart because …
— he never violated Commandment 6 and murdered anyone? No, because he premeditated the murdering of Uriah (2 Sam 11: 14-21).
— he never violated Commandment 7 and committed adultery? No, because he slept with and impregnated Bathsheba, Uriah’s wife (2 Sam 11: 2-5).
— he never violated Commandment 8 and stole from anyone? No, Nathan the Prophet explained how David stole the one little ewe lamb Uriah had (2 Sam 12: 1-14).
— he never violated Commandment 9 and lied, and misrepresented to anyone his intentions? No, because he sent Uriah with the message to Joab to have Uriah murdered (2 Sam 11: 14-15).
— he never violated Commandment 10 and coveted what belonged to someone else?
No, because he sent for Bathsheba, knowing she was Uriah’s wife (2 Sam 11: 2-5).
— he never violated Commandment 5 and always did what his family said? No, because his dad resisted him being anointed king, (1 Sam 16: 1-13) and his brothers didn’t want him to fight Goliath (1 Sam 17: 28-30). David also did not respond well to his children Ammon, who raped his daughter, Tamar, nor Absalom, her brother, who sought vengeance against Ammon
(2 Sam 13: 6-39 and 14: 28, and 16: 11).
David was considered a man after God’s own heart because he never violated Commandments 1-3. David never worshipped idols, not any image of anything on the earth or in the sea, or in heaven (Exodus 24:4 and Deut. 4; 25 & 5: 8). He only worshipped God, who is a spirit, and he worshipped Him in spirit and truth (John 4:24).
God guards His integrity & character in Commandments 1 & 2.
Thus, so important to God are Commandments 1, 2 and 3, that one can break all the others, and still ultimately repent and get right with God. But if we violate those three, especially 1 & 2, and we pray to the wrong thing(s), what happens is:
a) We can’t get grace for forgiveness, because John 1:7 says, “For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.” See also, Rom. 3:24, Rom. 5:15 and 1Tim. 1:14. b) We can’t get to Heaven, because in John 14:6, Jesus says, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”
My point in all this is to make a plea to the church to “Quit worshipping idols, and receiving into fellowship those who do!” By doing so, we lose every spiritual battle because we have let the equivalent of the sin of Achan in our camp (Joshua chapter 7). The Bible defines idol worship as praying to and expecting a response from a deity — meaning expecting a response that only can be made by God, from anything other than 1) God the Father, 2) Jesus, the Son, and 3) God the Holy Spirit.
Please church, if we want to be true intercessors for ourselves and our society, we must have the basic holiness to call idol worship what God calls idol worship. If we want to be people after God’s own heart, we must stop taking for granted His 10 Commandments, which were so designated to be permanent definitions of sin that God carved them into stone!
Twelve books of the Bible are dedicated to show us that if we worship idols, God overthrows our nation. They are Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy, Joshua, Judges, 1 & 2 Samuel,
1 & 2 Kings and 1 & 2 Chronicles. If we study them, we see the number of ways God frustrates, thwarts, undermines, circumvents, disciplines, entraps, enslaves and punishes His people because they violate what is most important to Him, chief of which is the integrity of His name and character, both of which idol worship slanders and violates!
God works through small, dedicated remnants
Please, please, please, let’s get right with God on this one issue! I believe just as He whittled down Gideon’s army from 32,000 to just 300, He will work through a small, dedicated remnant to save our beloved USA. I don’t know how many are needed for that remnant. We saw God save Israel with fewer than 1% during Gideon’s episode, and he was willing to spare Sodom and Gomorrah if only one righteous person could be found therein. The first thing God had Gideon do was tear down his father’s idols and build God’s altar on top of the ruins (Judges 6:25)!
Gideon responded to God’s call to keep the main thing the main thing, which is to fulfill the greatest commandment, which is to love God with all our heart, soul and mind and strength (Matthew 22: 36-38)!
While I don’t know the number that comprises the remnant we need to see God work to save our beloved USA, I do know that those people must take God’s Ten Commandments seriously, especially numbers 1 & 2, and the only way to demonstrate we are taking God seriously is to take Him literally when it comes to them.
I believe the quality of our righteousness and the effectiveness of our intercession, and literally what is left of Christian civilization is hanging in the balance.
Earl Wallace is Pastor of Liberty Christian Fellowship Church and teaches “The Biblical Basis of The Bill of Rights,” which shows how America’s civics developed from how America’s founders applied the Bible to both their individual and civic lives. Contact Pastor Earl Wallace at PastorEarl@LibertyCFChurch.org
Find out about Liberty Christian Fellowship’s Mission: http://220.127.116.11/~