Watchman on the Wall

The Watchman on the Wall
Ezekiel 33:7
“So you, son of man: I have made you a watchman for the house of Israel; therefore you shall hear a word from My mouth and warn them for Me.”
God has different callings on different people, and has diverse activities for each member of Christ’s body, but all are important; for the same Spirit works all in all to advance the kingdom of God (1 Corinthians 12:4- 7). In the Old Testament, the tribe of Issachar was known for having “understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do” (1 Chronicles 12:32); other tribes had different skills and abilities, and when they worked together they could be unstoppable in the LORD.
In the same way that God gave Issachar great insight and understanding for the benefit of Israel, so also God has given the New Testament Church watchmen who have the ability to see into the spiritual world. This is called the gift of discernment (1 Corinthians 12:10) and is for the protection of God’s people. This gift helps the beholder discern truth from error, seeing the crafty schemes of the devil so they can expose them to the Church. They see what we do not see, and then declare it to us.
Visualize a man on a wall; he is raised up above us all (not in value but insight) so he can see further than we are able. This person is assigned there for the very purpose of spotting danger before it arrives; danger that the rest of us are unable to yet see. Once this man or woman sees danger, they blow the trumpet to warn us all that peril is near. If we listen and take action we will escape, but if we reject the warnings, our blood will be upon our own heads, for the watchman did his job.
In the Church, God has given us some who have the gift of discernment, for spiritually they can see further than is possible for us. The Holy Spirit has anointed them to discern the spiritual world so they can alarm us of satan’s every move. They are able to detect the true motives of people and the spiritual source that drives them. They can warn us, but will we listen?
God burdens them with concern for His children, and because of love, they must tell us what they see. They see satan’s plots working through movies and music, they recognize the hidden agendas of the dark side working through false prophets and teachers, posing to be shepherds of God but who are inwardly ravenous wolves; they see new age spirits entering the Churches, enticing sheep into alignment with occultism and eastern practices. At God’s command they must expose these things (Ephesians 5:11) or our blood is on their head (Ezekiel 33:6).
With much love, Jonathan Ball


Here’s a game plan to stop ISIS & the jihadists in the epicenter. The President admits he has no strategy. Thank God others do.

Joel C. Rosenberg's Blog

(Central Israel) — The President of the United States has absolutely no idea what he is doing in the Middle East. Mr. Obama apparently has plenty of time to play golf. Yet he refuses to invest the time and energy necessary to come up with a plan to stop — much less defeat — ISIS, despite the genocidal attacks their forces are engaged in and the grave threat they pose to Israel and our Arab allies. 

“We don’t have a strategy yet,” President Obama admitted during a White House press conference on Thursday

Why in the world not?

Others have developed sound strategies. Here are a few:

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The Everlasting Kingdom

Daniel 4:3 “His kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and His dominion is from generation to generation.”
This verse was written by King Nebuchadnezzar sometime in the late sixth Century B.C. This man was the king of the Nation of Babylon, who had conquered the world and all of its kings, making him the “king of kings.” Now what does the human heart want more than to be king of the world?
Yet during his life, God, the King of the universe humbled this man until he realized who was really in control. King Nebuchadnezzar finally understood who had given him his authority and that He alone is God! We would be wise to do the same.
This revelation produced humble praise to flow out of his mouth to the God of Heaven, declaring to all peoples the greatness of His power, His justice and truth! For it is He who gives riches and honor, and He reigns over all. In His hand is power and might; in His hand it is to make great and to give power to all. He exhalts kings and He humbles them, He gives life and He takes it away. He has reigned from everlasting to everlasting and there is none like Him!
Since your life will soon be over and you will stand before your Maker, why not submit yourselves to Him today?

Honesty, the Best Policy

Honesty, the Best Policy
Proverbs 19:9
“A false witness will not go unpunished, and he who speaks lies shall perish.”
It is impossible for God to lie (Numbers 23:19; Heb. 6:18), because it goes against His very nature! Jesus Himself said, “I am the way, the TRUTH, and the life…” (John 14:6); but this is not so with man. Because of our inherited sin nature, lying comes very easily to us. Often our tongue desires to change the story or cover our own tracks when we have done something wrong, or to word things in just the right way as to get what we want out of a business deal. Any way you chop it up, lying is lying, and it is wrong.
People often view lying as something minor, making a distinction between a “white lie” a fib, and an outright lie; But Scripture is quite clear that lying is a great sin, punishable by death (Deuteronomy 5:20; Ezekiel 18:20; Acts 5:3- 5)! In fact, Revelations 21:8, 9 declares that all liars will have their part in the lake of fire! That’s serious! God must really hate deceit.
In Jeremiah 17:9 we are told that the heart is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked. But thanks be to God that He can take out our old sinful heart and create in us a new one (Psalms 51), one that loves justice and truth! By God’s Spirit we can walk in the truth as He is in the truth, and be free from a life of deceit and wickedness.
As Christians, we should do what is right, even if it means that we don’t “come up” as much as we would by exaggerating. Being honest is not always easy, and sometimes makes life much harder, but what a wonderful virtue it is! It is the nature of Christ to speak truth; as a matter of fact, God says He desires truth “on the inward parts”, (Psalms 51:6) not just as a front or an outer appearance, but walking in the truth from within our spirit (John 4:24). That is the life that pleases the Lord!
Jesus, give us strength to live uprightly before God and men, so we may be a light in a world that is dark with deception.

Morning and Evening, Charles H. Spurgeon

Morning and Evening, Charles H. Spurgeon
Ezekiel 36:26
“I will… give you a heart of flesh.”
A heart of flesh is known by its tenderness concerning sin. To have indulged a foul imagination, or to have allowed a wild desire to linger even for a moment, is quite enough to make a heart of flesh grieve before the Lord. The heart of stone calls a great iniquity nothing, but this is not true for the heart of flesh.
“If to the right or left I stray, That moment, Lord, reprove; And let me weep my life away, For having grieved thy love.”
The heart of flesh is tender to God’s will. My will is a great blusterer, and it is hard to subject it to God’s will; but when the heart of flesh is given, the will quivers like a willow in every breeze of God’s Spirit. The natural will is cold, hard iron, which is not to be hammered into form, but the renewed will, like molten metal, is soon molded by the hand of grace. In the fleshly heart there is a tenderness of affections. The hard heart doesn’t love the Redeemer, but the renewed heart burns with affection towards Him. The hard heart is selfish and coldly demands, “Why should I weep for sin? Why should I love the Lord?” But the heart of flesh says; “Lord, You know that I love You; help me to love You more!” The renewed heart has many privileges; “Tis here the Spirit dwells, tis here that Jesus rests.” It is fitted to receive every spiritual blessing, and every blessing comes to it. It is prepared to yield every heavenly fruit to the honor and praise of God, and therefore the Lord delights in it. A tender heart is the best defense against sin, and the best preparation for heaven. A renewed heart stands on its watchtower looking for the coming of the Lord Jesus. Do you have this heart of flesh?

If God is Love, Why do we Suffer?

If God is Love, Why do we Suffer?
Genesis 2:16, 17
“And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, “Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.”
This is probably one of the biggest reasons that people turn away from God, because they do not understand why we suffer. But not understanding is really an excuse, for there are some who have suffered more than we can imagine and yet have put their faith in Jesus, and love Him exceedingly. So truly faith is a choice, whether we understand what’s going on or not.
So, why is it that mankind suffers so much grief, pain and disease? Is it because God is terribly cruel and simply wants us to suffer? Or maybe He could care less what we go through and is upstairs watching us struggle! Perhaps this is one huge game, or… just maybe, there is a logical reason why mankind is enduring the pains of this life. Let’s look at the Scriptures for the answer.
The Bible teaches us that in the beginning God gave us a free will, and warned us not to sin (Genesis 2:16, 17; Deuteronomy 30:19, 20). He also gave us dominion over the earth and all that is in it (Genesis 1:28), but when Adam gave into satan, he delivered that authority to him, as satan said himself, “All this authority I will give to You, and their glory; for this has been delivered to me, and I give it to whomever I wish. Therefore, if You will worship before me, all will be Yours. (Luke 4:6, 7)” God warned that choosing sin would produce death, and it certainly did.
What God has put into motion, He will not alter, nor will He contradict His own word. Therefore Adam and Eve in their own free will chose to break God’s command, and as sin entered the world it unleashed hell on earth. Sin is so destructive that it brought the whole universe spiraling down; the earth became cursed and the heart of man became wicked beyond imagination (Genesis 6:5). Today we have rape, murder, lust, greed, unfaithfulness, adultery, homosexuality, bestiality, pedophilia, blaspheme, abortion, cursing, pride, arrogance, war, hatred, racism, and witchcraft, along with disease, suffering, pain and death; all caused by SIN.
Therefore, the cause of our suffering is not God, but rather the sin that man welcomed into the world. But thank God that He is merciful and has provided a way of escape from our plight! Jesus entered the world as a Man, conquering sin and death on the cross, by dying in our place so we could live. Then He rose from the grave and is alive forever more! Where, oh death is your sting!?? Those who repent and trust in Him will pass from death to live, and be completely cleansed of their sins (John 5:24)! Hallelujah!
First the Lord recreates our hearts (Ezekiel 36:26, 27), then prepares a new body for us (1 Corinthians 15:42- 44), and one day will form a new heavens and a new earth (Revelations 21:1). Oh, I plead with you today, dear reader, will you be there??
Love in Jesus Christ, Jonathan Ball