Friday, November 20, 2020

What God Told Me About President Trump in 2019

"Do not call conspiracy everything this people calls a conspiracy; do not fear what they fear, and do not dread it.  The Lord Almighty is the one you are to regard as holy, he is the one you are to fear, he is the one you are to dread.  He will be a holy place; for both Israel and Judah he will be a stone that causes people to stumble and a rock that makes them fall." - Isaiah 8:12-14

I have enjoyed sharing the insights received from my experiences and words from God on this blog since being "activated" in 2016, but this one will be a little different.  We have just completed our voting in the United States election, and President Trump has not conceded the election despite the results showing that Joe Biden received the votes needed to win.  Within the evangelical Christian community, one reason for resistance to this result is the prophetic words from many well-known prophetic ministries and church leaders who have said that God revealed to them that Donald Trump would win a second term.  And with so much at stake in this election, why wouldn't God intervene in favor of someone that is perceived by most of the Christian community to be on the "right" side?

I myself have followed many of these individuals and ministries over the last year as they proclaimed their confidence in a two-term presidency for Trump in fulfillment of prophecies from years ago, or recent revelations from pastors and prophets that I won't name here. But for me, all of this was baffling because it contradicted two words I received from God in October and December of 2019:

October 13, 2019: "Trump - time is short, I have withheld my hand but not for long."
December 15, 2019: "Trump - not strong, weak.  Enemies will overthrow him."

In hearing this from God last year, I spent 2020 under strong conviction that Trump was going to lose the election, if not leave office earlier.  So when I heard so many Christian voices saying something different, I posted a video on YouTube in mid-October to share what I had heard last year and offer a different view.  It wasn't so much that I wanted to be "right" and others "wrong" - it was from a desire to share what I had heard, so Christians who were hearing something different would know that some of us were hearing differently, and if correct, that God has a plan that may not look like we want it to look, and that He still sits on the throne as King of Kings no matter how it may look to us in the natural.

Prophecy is a wonderful gift, one that comes with responsibility and accountability as people follow and, for better or worse, rely on these prophetic words to give them encouragement and strength in uncertain times.  So the lesson here for the church community is, make sure to "test the spirits" and ensure that what you may be hearing from others is accurate. 

How do we do that? It's so difficult to be open to what God is saying if you are so convinced of one outcome that you only hear what you want to hear.  So one way to tell if a word is accurate is to follow the lesson from Michaiah in 1 Kings 22: if 400 prophets are all saying the same thing, you may want to pay attention to the one prophet who isn't.  Translated into today's environment, ask God to reveal the truth to you for yourself, and be open to what others are hearing that may not fit your opinion or what you want to hear. And ultimately, accuracy will be tested in the final result - we'll all know who was accurate or not based on the outcome of the prophecy.

God also told me recently, "don't choose the wrong side." When I asked Him what side I should be on, He said, "The side of Truth." Since Jesus is the Truth, we can ensure we are on the right side by following Jesus, and being obedient to the Truth that He reveals through the Holy Spirit and the Word of God.  Truth is a narrow road and not always easy to stay on!

"Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world." - 1 John 4:1

- Adam Gellert

Thursday, November 12, 2020

What is the Gospel Message?

"For I passed on to you as of first importance what I also received - that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures, and that he was buried, and that he was raised on the third day according to the scriptures..." - 1 Corinthians 15:3-4

When you think of the Gospel, what does it mean to you? When Jesus told His disciples (and that includes us today) to share the Gospel to all the world, what is the message we are to share?  And if you are new to Christianity or haven't heard the Gospel Message, what is the message that is so important that I need to believe in its truth?

The word "gospel" comes from the Old English word "god" meaning "good" and "spel" meaning "news." So sharing the gospel is sharing good news! Over time the word "gospel" may have taken on new connotations or meanings with people, so let's examine the true message of the Gospel and why it is such good news for all who hear it.  

Paul shares the Gospel Message in his first letter to the Corinthians, in 1 Corinthians 15:1-8:

"Now I want to make it clear for you, brothers and sisters, the gospel that I preached to you, that you received and on which you stand, and by which you are being saved, if you hold firmly to the message I preached to you - unless you believed in vain.  For I passed on to you as of first importance what I also received - that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures, and that he was buried, and that he was raised on the third day according to the scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve.  Then he appeared to more than 500 of the brothers and sisters at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have fallen asleep.  Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles. Last of all, as though to one born at the wrong time, he appeared to me also." 

So the Gospel Message can be summarized in three important truths:

1) Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures.  As promised by God in the Old Testament, Jesus Christ was sent by the Father as the ultimate and final sacrifice for our sins, which we could never atone for on our own.  God loved us so much that He wanted to ensure that we could spend eternity with Him by sending Jesus, or Immanuel (God With Us), to earth to be the "spotless lamb," a perfect and eternal atonement for our sins.  

2) He was buried.  It is an essential element of the Gospel Message that Jesus came to earth in human form, and when He died, he was physically and naturally buried by being placed in a tomb. 

3) He was raised on the third day according to the scriptures.  The resurrection is of course the key to completing the Gospel Message. Why? Because anyone can claim to be the Son of God and be killed for making that claim.  He had to complete the promise of the scriptures and conquer death by being resurrected by God, to confirm that He was who He said He was.  And it wasn't just his spirit that returned - Jesus' body was physically and miraculously resurrected from the dead, with an empty tomb to prove it! He also made sure to show those He appeared to His scarred hands, feet, and side where He was pierced at crucifixion, and He ate with them, to show them that He had been resurrected.  Paul understood the importance of this final part of the gospel by sharing his proof of the message - that he and many others were eyewitnesses to Jesus' resurrection.  

So why is this good news for those of us that hear and receive it today? Because our salvation is now secured, because Jesus is who He said He was - the Messiah, the Son of God, who completed the promises of scripture.  And if we believe and accept this simple message, that Jesus died for our sins, was buried, and rose again on the third day, we are redeemed from our sins for all eternity and can be seated with Jesus in heavenly places!

Do you realize and understand how amazing this truth is? It should relieve you of a tremendous burden!  You don't have to do anything to get into heaven (nor could you for that matter), because belief in Jesus and what He did for you is all that is needed to become righteous in the sight of God!  

Over the years we have made it more complicated than it needs to be, and some of you that have been exposed to Christianity and been turned off from it may have received the wrong gospel message about who Jesus is, and what you have to do to secure eternal salvation through Him.   Belief in the above three truths are all it takes!  I hope this simple truth of the Gospel Message brings fresh light into the truth of Jesus and allows you to revisit or re-confirm your belief in Jesus Christ!

To learn more about accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, here is a link to more resources about what this means and how to do it, from Billy Graham Ministries:

"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life."  - John 3:16

- Adam Gellert