Friday, May 28, 2021

Ezekiel's Prophecy for America

America is not specifically called out by name in the Bible,  but there are truths in the Bible we can look towards and say with confidence: "Surely, this applies to America!" Take Ezekiel 14 for example: 

12 The Lord spoke his word to me. He said, 13 “Son of man, suppose a country sins against Me by being unfaithful to Me. I will use my power against it, cut off its food supply, send a famine to it, and destroy its people and animals. 14 Even if these three men—Noah, Daniel, and Job—were in that country, they would, by their righteousness, rescue only themselves,” declares the Almighty Lord.

15 “Suppose I send wild animals through that country and they make it childless and turn it into such a wasteland that no one travels through it because of the animals. 16 As I live, declares the Almighty Lord, not even Noah, Daniel, and Job could rescue their own sons or daughters. They could rescue only themselves. And the country would become a wasteland.

17 “Suppose I bring a war against that country by saying, ‘I will let a war go throughout this country.’ Suppose I destroy the people and the animals in it. 18 As I live, declares the Almighty Lord, not even Noah, Daniel, and Job could rescue their sons or daughters. They could rescue only themselves.

19 “Suppose I send a plague into that country or pour out my fury on it by killing people and destroying animals. 20 As I live, declares the Almighty Lord, not even Noah, Daniel, and Job could, by their righteousness, rescue their sons or daughters. They could rescue only themselves.
Our nation was dedicated to God at it's foundations, and because I see the obvious increase in lawlessness, and corresponding decrease in love, I know that we as a country have been unfaithful. And as noted in previous posts we have openly and intentionally departed from God and His ways. Surely America fits the criteria of Ezekiel 14:13: a country that sins against God by being unfaithful to Him

So what can we expect? Look at the men being referenced in Ezekiel 14 and understand that while Noah was able to save his family from the flood, in our current scenario, he would only be able to save himself. So understand that unless America turns back to God, we will see a devastation like we've never known. And our children will not be spared from the coming wrath just because we have the saving grace of God in our lives; rather they will only be spared through the righteousness of Christ's saving grace in their own lives. 

This understanding creates a reverent fear in me for the sake of my own children. I love them each dearly and yet am concerned for them. Only God knows their hearts and their motivations, and I understand that God's Grace and Holiness are two sides of the same coin. I desperately desire for each of them to seek shelter in His shadow, to be made righteous by the covering of His Grace. 

Likewise, I desire this for each of my friends, my extended family and my co-workers... for all my countrymen! So I write this as a warning and plea, asking the reader to not even trust what I've written but to humbly believe what God has written compelling them to draw close to Jesus because the hour is near!

copyright ©2021 Mitchell Malloy (http://mitchellmalloyblogspot.com/)

Sunday, May 23, 2021

Certainty in Uncertain Times

Thirty-five years ago this month, I was commissioned as a naval officer and reported to my first duty station in Pensacola, FL, and today my oldest son reports for active duty as a 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Army. My heart swells with pride in his decision to serve, knowing that these are indeed uncertain times. The world has changed dramatically over the past year, and I have no doubt that we will see changes over this next year like no other time in history. 

If I could go back to my younger self, there's so much I would try to teach him, things that I have tried to pass on to my children, some of which they've internalized and some things that cause smiles, jokes and eye rolls. I'm glad to have the transparency with my kids and glad to have them challenge my thoughts as they form their own. Even if they disagree on certain things, they know my beliefs and even how to finish my dad-isms that I've learned and repeated through the years:

  • A smart man learns from his mistakes, but a wise man learns from the mistakes of others.
  • It's okay to drink, but it's never okay to get drunk.
  • Love is a decision to give; lust is a desire to get.
There's so much I want to impart to them, so much I wish I had known. And there are things I'm not sure that I've said enough:
  • Life is hard, but God is good. 
  • Sometimes you know you're on the right path by the resistance you feel along the way.
  • God can be trusted, even if no one else can.
  • God is in control, and He is working everything together for good.
If I could go back to my younger self, I'd tell him what I've tried to teach my kids: to persevere in doing what is right and to not be discouraged by the setbacks in life; instead, press into the opposition. It's taken me years to learn that, and in truth, I'm still learning. But everything happens in God's timing, and He prepares us for the path He's prepared for us. Yes, God is in control and He is working all things together for good for those who are called according to His purposes. 

Our world is cast into uncertainty, but God can be trusted. There is nothing that takes Him by surprise and I can look at Psalm 37 and rejoice in the words He gave us. I can choose to trust in the Lord and do good things, to be faithful and to not be preoccupied by an evil doer succeeding in his schemes. I can choose to wait patiently on the Lord, knowing that He called out the times that we are living, that He foretold the end from the beginning, because He is the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. 

Look at Israel. He called the Jacob a deceiver and gave him the new name of Israel, the one who struggles with God. He blessed Israel yet foretold how they would fall away from Him and promised to bring them back as a nation fully dedicated to Him. What other nation has been scattered to the winds, throughout the entire earth for 500 years or even a hundred years and survived as a people to become a nation again? Yet Israel was scattered for nearly 2000 years and returned as a nation just as God said. 

This is not coincidence or some happy accident. It is proof that God is Who He said He is and that His Word can be trusted. There is no specific mention of America in the Bible, and I've written numerous times about my beliefs for America's future and Israel's succession. We've seen the enemies of the Constitution seek to deconstruct this nation as part of a great reset planned and proclaimed by globalists, evil men who appear to be succeeding in their schemes. 

Yet my son goes off to serve in these uncertain times, and God is still in control, working all things together for good. And me, I wait patiently on the Lord, trying to be faithful. Like Israel in captivity, I will figuratively plant and build as I wait upon God. I will take comfort in what God has said and Who He is. I will actively resist evil, looking for ways to be that servant-leader in other's lives as I seek to join God in the work He is doing. And I will trust that God will work in my son's life, in all my children's lives, as He has worked in mine despite my own struggles with Him. I too am Israel. Like Jacob, I have not always been faithful, but God has promised to be my Provider and Protector. He has given this promise to me like He did to Israel:
The Lord has reversed the judgments against you.
He has forced out your enemies.
The king of Israel, the Lord, is with you.
You will never fear disaster again.
...
At that time I will bring you home.
Yes, at that time I will gather you together.
I will make you famous and praised among all the people of the earth
when I restore your fortunes right before your eyes,” says the Lord.

copyright ©2021 Mitchell Malloy (http://mitchellmalloyblogspot.com/)

Thursday, May 6, 2021

National Day of Prayer 2021


The need for a national day of prayer has never been greater than today. This country has forgotten its foundation as a Christian nation and fallen into division. The enemies of this nation have embedded themselves in the power structures of government, education, media, big tech, and big business. A great economic reset is being planned for the world. And I wouldn’t be surprised if Pandemic 2.0 comes along because fearful people are easily controlled. 

But our God is in control and nothing happens that He does not allow. He tells us to draw close to Him, and He will draw close to us. He promises to work everything for good. He reminds us that while this world is not our home, to live in the present as ambassadors of His Kingdom with an eye on our eternal home, as salt and light in this world. And in Psalm 37, He tells us to surrender to His will, waiting patiently, without being preoccupied by the apparent success of evil doers. 

Finally, we lean upon Him and His grace to do that which we can’t do on our own. So simple Yahweh’s request from the beginning: obey and He will bless His people. Yet we have strayed... again and again and again. A simple promise is found in 2 Chronicles to Israel. The name Israel means “struggles with God”, and like Israel, this nation dedicated to God at its foundation has struggled with obedience. The internal struggle is now a call to open defiance fighting with the call to return to God. Which will you answer? Will you turn to the God of our fathers or succumb to the rebellion in this world?

So pray. Pray that God will be merciful and work in His people so that we can obey His good and perfect will. Let this nation find the healing it desperately needs!


Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Good vs Good

“It’s all good.” Now there’s a positive outlook for you… the phrase is used to soothe emotions after an awkward, sensitive or disappointing event. But if I stop to consider it, I believe this attitude is more accurate than the traditional “good vs. evil” mindset. It’s not my nature to see circumstances in this context. I can often overlook patches of vegetation, focusing on the barren ground that surrounds it, rather than the fact that there is life with the potential to grow further. I have allowed myself to become discouraged by the changes occurring in the 2020’s, but as long as there is life, there is hope!

It's hard to see the world as it is and as it could be

Yes, philosophically it truly is all good: evil is the privation of good just as cold is the absence of heat and darkness results from the lack of light. Weakness is the absence of strength. I believe God has given us many natural analogies to help us understand this truth: that evil is not an equally powerful opponent of good. Rather, evil results from a lack of goodness. Now there is only One Who is fully good, and that is God. But at some point, the lack of good in a person or entity is correctly labeled as “evil”.

So what is “good”? I can fall into the trap of “feeling good” over “doing good”, not that it’s wrong to feel good, but seeking to please oneself is hedonism. Some people have claimed that ultimately everyone is hedonistic, saying that philanthropic actions stem from the desire to feel good about doing good, but I know better: we don’t always feel good by doing good and with God’s help, we can persevere in doing good despite the negative reinforcement of some life experiences. The highest form of love, Agape, is doing what is in the best interest of another person even when they don’t want it and you don’t feel like doing it. That is the kind of love Jesus showed us in going to the cross. No one appreciated His sacrifice at the time, including His closest friends. And the night before His death, Jesus prayed for His suffering to pass Him by, but nevertheless, He fully surrendered in obedience to what the Father called “good”.

The Old Testament often referred to evil times as when people do what is right in their own eyes. In other words: people chose to only do the good that made sense to them at the time. We see early in Genesis that Adam and Eve desired the knowledge of good and evil so that they would be like God. In essence, they wanted to choose what was good rather than submit to the Author of all goodness. It’s really no different than when kids only obey what they want to obey. Their partial obedience is really rebellion / lawlessness. It asserts their will to choose what seems right to them as fits their own interest. I have seen my kids even get into fights because of partial obedience: “Dad said YOUR turn on the TV was over after that show!” First world problems flowing from selfish hearts; the symptoms may vary across cultures but the root cause is still the same. Mankind has a tendency to only do what is right in our eyes, a limited goodness that falls short of God’s best in our lives.

But God is good all the time and all His ways are good at all times. His Word is true and good; Scripture in the context of its entirety is always good and true. However, we live in a time when people choose segments of Scripture that make them feel good, while they explain away the parts that are inconvenient. Rather than doing good, people are more interested in feeling good, doing the good that pleases them. Many churches avoid the counter-cultural teachings in Scripture, and Christians avoid the awkward truths of the Bible when dialoging with others. While avoidance can be an acceptable tactic in conflict resolution, it is a poor long-term strategy. Confrontation can be abrasive, but it doesn’t need to be: stick to issues and respect people with opposing viewpoints. Love, Kindness and Self-Control are more important than winning a debate; good Fruit sows good seeds.

We must also consider how to encourage each other to show love and to do good things. We should not stop gathering together with other believers, as some of you are doing. Instead, we must continue to encourage each other even more as we see the day of the Lord coming.
Hebrews 10:24-25

Be both patient and bold, seeking the Spirit’s leading in every word and inflection. The time is short. In this age of lawlessness, we need, each of us, a strategy for speaking the truth in love… the full truth in agape love. We were, each of us, placed upon the earth for such a time as this, being fruitful in the Fruit of the Spirit by watering in God’s presence daily.

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