CSN Sunday – Messages of Light – 9/13/2020
Dear CSN newsletter readers,
Happy Granparent’s Day to all you grandparents out there!
If you consider the messages in our Sunday edition relevant or meaningful and know others who might value them as well, consider yourself a Light mail messenger, please forward this to those who might value them as well; consider yourself a Light mail messenger and please pass the message to those whom you feel could receive it. Otherwise, please receive it yourselves.
This is from the Citizen Sentinels Network, a project originally deemed the David Project, since 2018. Especially, for those readers of faith, the Messages of Light originated as a fresh, genuine inspiration from Heavenly Father. It was initiated to bring Light into the dark in this time. At this time in the world, there is clear and present danger that requires the faithful to hold boldly and securely onto the foundations that are rooted in faith.
“And now come I to thee; and these things I speak in the world, that they might have my joy fulfilled in themselves. I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.
I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil. They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth. As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world. And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth.
Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word; That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.
And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one: I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.
Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me: for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world.
O righteous Father, the world hath not known thee: but I have known thee, and these have known that thou hast sent me. And I have declared unto them thy name, and will declare it: that the love wherewith thou hast loved me may be in them, and I in them.” John 17:13-26
This past week, Americans just went through a day of remembrance of 9/11/2001, and it conjured up mixed memories, as evil and good were manifest side by side on that day. It is from that day that many changes were instituted and thrust upon American citizens. It is not that long ago, but very young people did not experience the raw emotions that those of us who witnessed such horror faced in that time. The attack left permanent scars upon the nation – externally as well as internally. That time was a more violent time, but it is similar to this time in that the COVID – 19 Pandemic has left scars upon the nation as well — some were external, some quite emotional due to the tragic loss of life, and some are internal scars that may never go away.
In this tragic time, Americans are also witnessing our nation ravaged by violent gangs seeking to destroy the unity of the people and the very foundations of the nation’s existence. Both of the two phenomena represent threats. Both can generate great fear in people. It is a time in which faith will be tested, but also faith will be born, it will be renewed, and it will be strengthened. And, the amazing message to connect this to in my humble opinion is the question that Jesus asked of the world: ”when the Son of Man comes, will He really find faith on the earth? ”Luke 18:8
We offer two messages today. The first message is from Dr. James Denison who posted his on his own website which is embedded in the article. It is a remembrance of the 9/11 tragedy as well as acknowledging the six month mark of the strike of COVID-19 upon America. This article was taken from the MyFaithVotes website where it appeared on September 11 this year.
The second message we provide today is from Apostle Tim Taylor, and we are finally offering the fourth installment of his “How to Apply Ancient Wisdom to Modern Issues.” It is only an excerpt due to its length. The originals were from the month of July, and the violence and terrorism in certain American cities was at a height. We are also offering a link to his message on Sean Feucht’s “Riots to Revival” as the effort in Seattle, Washington got confrontational this past week. It brought to light the spiritual warfare that we are immersed in at this critical time in human history.
We also offer three music videos today. One is a version of Ray Charles singing “America the Beautiful.” This version is when he sang the song at baseball’s World Series only a few weeks after the 9/11 attacks. The nation was suffering at the time, and his singing this song was very uplifting and definitely a memorable moment. How the times in America have changed in only 19 years. Hopefully, listening to his song today can still lift our spirits.
The second video is a sequence of Sean Feucht’s “Riots to Revival” effort in Seattle after the city council shut the “Gas Works” Park to outdoor church worship. It is worth watching to see the defiance of the faithful in light of the opposition from the forces of darkness.
The third video is from Enya which is their rendition of “O Come, O Come Emmanuel.” If you did not know this popular group did religious music, this will prove that they did.
These words are being freely offered and are being sent to you as part of the David Project’s “Messages of Light.” Please receive today’s messages 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 lives. 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, seek His wisdom, seek His love and guidance in the valley of the shadow of death, through these times of tribulation. We need genuine wisdom to guide our paths, to help us turn from walking in the ways of the world, and to return to walking in His ways — in all ways, and always!
“9/11 and the six-month anniversary of the pandemic: How to find the help and hope we need today” By Dr. Jim Denison Posted September 11, 2020
This day will always be marked by the same image: the Twin Towers are burning, smoke spiraling into the clear blue sky over Manhattan, and the world as we know it is about to change forever.
Two months after that horrific morning in 2001, President George W. Bush stated: “Time is passing. Yet, for the United States of America, there will be no forgetting September the 11th. We will remember every rescuer who died in honor. We will remember every family that lives in grief. We will remember the fire and ash, the last phone calls, the funerals of the children.”
His words are just as relevant today as they were nineteen years ago.
“You sit still and trust the engineer”
Today is painfully significant for another reason as well: it was six months ago today that the World Health Organization officially declared COVID-19 a pandemic. On March 11, there were over 118,000 cases of coronavirus around the world. As of this morning, that number stands at more than 28 million, with global deaths exceeding 900,000.
On days like today, it is good to remember that “the Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit” (Psalm 34:18). The God who “determines the number of the stars” and “gives to all of them their names” (Psalm 147:4) is the same God who “heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds” (v. 3).
His word assures us that “the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us” (Romans 8:18). This is because “this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison” (2 Corinthians 4:17). In the meantime, we can “with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need” (Hebrews 4:16).
I have long admired and often quoted Corrie ten Boom’s observation that, “When a train goes through a tunnel and it gets dark, you don’t throw away the ticket and jump off. You sit still and trust the engineer.”
If a Holocaust survivor whose sister died in a concentration camp could trust the Engineer, so can I. “People who are making things better”
Here’s a second biblical fact worth remembering on this difficult day: God not only comforts us in suffering, he uses those who suffer to comfort those who suffer.
A Wired article profiles “This Year’s WIRED25: People Who Are Making Things Better.”
Unsurprisingly, the technology magazine focused on technologists along with doctors, politicians, media figures, CEOs, and entertainers.
Here’s what I found missing: not a single religious leader made the list.
In Origin Story: A Big History of Everything, historian David Christian seeks to tell the story of the universe in its entirety from its beginning to the present. However, he notes: “Unlike many traditional origin stories, the modern origin story lacks a creator god, though it has energies and particles as exotic as the pantheons of many traditional origin stories. Like the origin stories of Confucianism or early Buddhism, the modern story is about a universe that just is. Any sense of meaning comes not from the universe, but from us humans.”
Anniversaries like today show us the impossibility of such a secular quest. Humans fly planes into buildings. Humans die from viruses they did not know existed a few months ago. Leaders such as those profiled by Wired can make our lives better, but they cannot give us what we need most: hope for the present and for eternity that only God offers. The people who are truly “making things better” are those who point us to such hope. They are “wounded healers,” beggars telling other beggars where they found bread.
They know that God “comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God” (2 Corinthians 1:4). And they testify with the psalmist, “I have made the Lord GOD my refuge, that
I may tell of all your works” (Psalm 73:28).
Whom will you comfort in affliction today?
“The sea remains the sea”
Let’s close on this somber day with this encouraging prayer by Henri Nouwen:
Today I thought of the words of Vincent van Gogh: “It is true there is an ebb and flow, but the sea remains the sea.” You are the sea. Although I experience many ups and downs in my emotions and often feel great shifts and changes in my inner life, you remain the same.
Your sameness is not the sameness of a rock, but the sameness of a faithful lover. Out of your love I came to life, by your love I am sustained, and to your love I am always called back. There are days of sadness and days of joy; there are feelings of guilt and feelings of gratitude; there are moments of failure and moments of success; but all of them are embraced by your unwavering love . . .
O Lord, sea of love and goodness, let me not fear too much the storms and winds of my daily life, and let me know there is an ebb and flow, but the sea remains the sea. Amen.
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The following is an excerpt from Part 4 of a series of articles with the same title. A link to the originals in this series of articles can be found at the end of this excerpt. Parts 1 and 2 and 3 are also at the site as well, in case readers want to get to Tim Taylor’s points quickly.
Ecclesiastes 1:9 says, “…And there is nothing new under the sun.”
Racism is a relatively new term addressing an ancient problem. What’s the problem? According to the Bible it is a sin problem.
According to secular humanism, which flows hand in glove with the godless Marxist ideology which seeks to exploit this issue, it is a skin problem. A wikipedia article attributes the first recorded mention of the term in Oxford’s Dictionary in 1903.
Let’s start with how racism is defined today. Dictionary.com says it is “a belief or doctrine that inherent differences among various human racial groups determine cultural or individual achievement, usually involving the idea that one’s own race is superior and has the right to dominate others or that a particular racial group is inferior to the others.
Bottom line, making any decision about any person or people group based upon the color of their skin or ethnicity is wrong. Typically the moment anyone says, all whites, all blacks or African-Americans, all Asians, all Jews, all Muslims….. fill in the blank. You are wrong. Why? Because invariably not all fit the description which turns your statement into a half truth and a half truth mixed with untruth is a lie. The brush you used to paint the situation is to big. The inaccurate statement harms or wrongs the individual that does not fit the description. They are maligned. That means evil was spoken of them.
Do you need to identify the racist or racism? Find the one whose speech most frequently refers to color, race or ethnicity in a demeaning or derogatory way.
The Same Problem Existed in the Early Church
Penned in 2018
This problem existed in the early Church. Titus 1:12-13 says, “‘One of them, a prophet of their own said, “Cretans are always liars, evil beasts, lazy gluttons.’” In verse 13 the apostle Paul tells Titus what to do. He says, “This testimony is true. Therefore, rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith…”
You see Paul knew God’s nature, His love and His plan. It began in Genesis 1:26-27 when God made man in His image. The truth is, we all come Adam and Eve. We are all part of the human race. In 1 Timothy 2:4 God says through Paul “who desires all men (mankind) to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.” Jesus prays in John 17:21 that we would all be one. The apostle John says in 1 John 4:20-21 “If someone says, ‘I love God,’ and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen, how can he love God whom he has not seen? And this commandment we have from Him: that he who loves God must love his brother also.”
Bottom line, God’s word is consistent throughout scripture. Jesus died for every tribe, tongue, people and nation (Revelation 5:9 & 14:6). That expresses God’s love and His value for all people representing every nation.
Do you need more scripture? Now Christian means Christ-like. If we call ourselves Christian, we are to seek to be like Him. Galatians 3:28 says, “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” In Acts 10:34,we find that God is no respecter of persons.
Jesus reveals in Matthew 24 some of the signs of the end of the age. We discover that deception will be rampant and in the midst of wars and rumors of war, nation would rise against nation. The Greek word translated nation is ethnos. It’s where we get the word ethnicity from. In other words, one of the signs is ethnic wars. People group against people group and racism is a modern description of a sin that has been inherent since the fall of mankind.
How can you recognize racism? I submit to you, anyone making a decision about another based upon the color of their skin or some other physical characteristic vice, as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said, the content of their character. Hence if you hire, fire, vote, don’t vote, refuse to serve, serve and do anything based upon the color of their skin and or their ethnic origins then you are wrong.
I recall a whole lot of people voted for a previous president just because of the color of his skin. That my friends is an example of a racist decision. If you vote for or choose not to vote for someone and skin color enters your decision-making process, then your actions reveal what is really in your heart. For some, it reveals the plank in their eye which Jesus warned us about in Matthew 7:1-6.
They cry racism and then practice what they condemn in others. My friends, this ought not be. Two wrongs won’t make anything right. I love this quote by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. He said, “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”
Civil Rights Movement Has Been Hijacked!
Sadly, nefarious unscrupulous organizations have hijacked this current issue sparked by the George Floyd case, and they seek to abuse it in order to promote their organization’s goals. How have I come to that conclusion? Well, if black lives matter, then all black lives matter. But, if BLM ignores the 22 million black children murdered through abortion, they ignore the number of people murdered monthly in Chicago, or ignore the retired African-American police officer who was brutally murdered during the riots sparked by their protests, their actions are inconsistent with the message on the surface. But, if you look at the actual mission statements and goals of BLM, you will discover their true intent. They are using the race issue to promote a Marxist (godless) inspired agenda. Click here for Examining the Foundation of BLM! They’ve hijacked the Baptist minister’s, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., civil rights movement. Love and non-violence have been replaced with hate and violence. The fruit is blatantly obvious.
I would add, if you know anything at all about history the results will not surprise you. This is typical of socialist or Marxist movements whose governments in the last century were responsible for over 100 million deaths. If you, as a Christian, ally with them, then you’ve allied with a godless ideology. Paul admonishes us saying in 2 Corinthians 6:14, “Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness?
Manipulating Using a Root of Bitterness
They seek to manipulate large sections of the population using a strategy Satan has employed for eons. They are doing what Jesus warned us of in Matthew 24 and they are using the strategy referenced in Hebrews 12:15 which describes how Satan will seek to defile many through the use of a root of bitterness. How is a root of bitterness employed? It will be deployed through deception and its primary purpose is manipulation which is most easily employed by playing with people’s emotions: feelings.
Anger is a feeling. It’s a God given emotion. But Ephesians 4:26 says, “Be angry, and sin not…” In other words, God expects the Christian to have dominion over their feelings. They are to rule over those emotions so that the emotion leads to actions of justice and doing what is right. Truth is required to bring forth what is right and just. Discernment is required to distinguish between lies and the truth. But emotions unchecked only lead to more lawlessness, pain, suffering, lies and injustice.
How does one rule over their emotions? I submit to you from the Amplified Bible and note the underlines, 2 Timothy 1:7 says, “For God did not give us a spirit of timidity (of cowardice, of craven and cringing and fawning fear), but [He has given us a spirit] of power and of love and of calm and well-balanced mind and discipline and self-control.”
Truth and Deception
The best deceptions include some truth. The more truth the easier it is to deceive. A half truth, a lie and or slander are very useful to those seeking to employ a root of bitterness. The root of bitterness is used to stir up feelings. It’s used to aggravate old or unhealed wounds. If old wounds don’t exist, then they will seek to create a wound through a narrative which encourages those who have not been harmed or wronged to take up another person’s offense. Why? It’s much easier to manipulate feelings.
In the latter part of the message, Tim Taylor gives some examples of demonically inspired ideas which have been introduced. To view the complete original Part 4 article, click on the link below, which will include all the live links to other resources:
This was part 4. If you missed parts 1, 2, and 3, follow the link to Tim Taylor’s blog page below:
Video Views – Watch them all!!!
Ray Charles ★ America the Beautiful ★ 2001 World Series ★
#LETUSWORSHIP – Sean Feucht – Seattle, WA (Gas Works Park Closure) – 9/8/20
Enya – O come, O come Emmanuel