Where’s the vision?

without a vision

No Revelation

By J C Corcoran

“Through the fear of the Lord, a man avoids evil.”  (Proverbs 16:6b)

“Where there is no revelation, the people cast off restraint, but blessed is he who keeps the law.” (Proverb s 29:18)

Do you see it? “Where there is no revelation, the people cast off restraint.” What is restraint? My dictionary says: “to curb, check, or bridle”.

  1. To curb = implies a sudden sharp action to bring something under control
  2. To check = implies a slowing up of action/progress
  3. To bridle = suggests a holding in of an emotion

So, when it says, “The people cast off restraint”, it’s saying they’ve lost control of their emotions, their impulses, their reserve. Doesn’t that bring to mind the things we see happening today?

Drive-by shootings; wide-spread pornography; acceptance of homosexuality (they allow them to get married now); even some churches are having disputes over homosexuality (is it good or bad – sinful or not). Well, according to God’s Word it is sin!

Abortion is murder – not everyone agrees with that statement.

Pre-marital sex; immoral sex; when a man and a woman come together they “become one flesh” (Genesis 2:24 & Matthew 19:5). A man and a woman; not a man with a man or a woman with a woman; the man and his wife.

But we have cast off restraint. We have lost control of our emotions; we are going off and doing our own thing. These things are evil in God’s eyes but we act as though we have no fear of God. We need a revelation.

What is a revelation? It is God’s disclosure or manifestation, to man, of Himself, and His will.

Like the Bible for instance:

  1. The Bible reveals God to man
  2. The Bible reveals God’s will to man
  3. The Bible reveals God’s love for man
  4. The Bible reveals God’s promises to the man who obeys God’s will
  5. The Bible reveals God’s wrath upon man for casting off restraint

There is a strong movement in this day and age to cast off all restraint. Somewhere down the line, man has lost his fear of God; man has lost the revelation and has cast off restraint. Where did it start? How did it start?

When I was growing up, I was taught (in school) to fear God. I learned all about Hell and the fiery lake. I was taught that if I did wrong, God would punish me.

My fear of God kept me from doing what was evil – in most cases. When the guys I hung around with decided to go out and steal a car, I stayed home. They made fun of me and called me chicken but, when they got caught and went to jail, I stayed home.

When I was around thirteen, an older girl in the neighborhood tried to entice me into having sex. I wanted to – I really wanted to – but, boy was I scared. I wasn’t sure why I was so scared but it kept me from going through with it. Now I know that “through fear of the Lord, a man avoids evil.”

It’s only “where there is no revelation the people cast of restraint.”

In our public schools today, there is no revelation and there is no restraint. There is no fear of God because there is no revelation of God. Our public school system is a breeding ground for evil. All you need do is pick up your local newspaper or tune in to the local news station to know it’s true.

And if parents aren’t teaching them at home, the revelations of God, they won’t hear it anywhere. And they will grow up to be parents and there will be no revelation in their homes. And it only takes a generation – then the word of God is lost – and the people cast off restraint.  First Corinthians 10:6 tells us that the things of the Old Testament are for our example and in Deuteronomy 4:9 it says this: “Only be careful, and watch yourselves closely so that you do not forget the things your eyes have seen or let them slip from your heart as long as you live. Teach them to your children and to their children after them.”

It is up to us, the believers, those who possess the revelation, and those who fear God, to spread the word to the unbelievers. I first heard the revelation of God in the front seat of a police car. The rookie I was training was a man who obeyed the word of God. And against all my arguments and poking fun of him, he made a disciple out of me. He shared the word, the revelation of God.

And my life hasn’t been the same since. I was a seminary student for two years. I preached the word of God to churches all around the state of Texas and at least one in Arizona. Then I began writing Christian literature and novels and, as you can see, at the ripe old age of 74, I am still writing. God be praised, I will write for God until the day I die if He so wills.

Teach the word; to anyone who will listen and to God be the glory.

Do I hear an amen?

A Testimony

driving interstate

A Testimony

By J. C. Corcoran

 

Because of my troubles, I blamed God and turned from Him. Unlike Job, who remained faithful, I fell into a life of sin (rebellion).

Until one day, I was driving to work. I was on the highway doing the posted speed limit of 70 mph when I suddenly had the urge to speak to God; something I hadn’t done in quite a while except to scream at Him for all my problems.

I remember looking through the windshield up toward heaven and, out loud, I said; “God, what is wrong with me? What happened to my faith?

And, as though I had turned the radio on, in my mind, a voice loud and clear said; “If you will confess your sin, I am faithful and just and I will forgive your sins and cleanse you from all unrighteousness.”

I had not read my bible in at least two years but I knew that was scripture. And then I was reminded of another verse that says; “the Counselor, the Holy Spirit will remind you of everything I have said to you.”

I realized then, while driving along at 70 mph that God was speaking to me. And then I recalled another verse that says; “nothing can separate us from the love of God.”

I came to an immediate realization that God still loved me and all I had to do was confess my sin. As I began to confess all that I had done, I began to feel the guilt being lifted from me and I was reminded of what David said; “He lifted me out of the slimy pit; out of the mud and mire and set my feet on a rock.”

I began to cry at 70 mph. I was crying so hard by the time I came to my exit that I had to pull over. I could not see the road. God had kept His word. Right there, in my car, alongside the highway, He had lifted me from the slime and cleansed me.

Not long after that, this website was born. I had never attempted to build a website, nor did I hire anyone to build it; I simply asked God to help me if this is what He wanted. This website is His; I am merely the instrument He uses. I don’t post anything unless God tells me to. That is why it sometimes goes for weeks with nothing added; then again sometimes, things get posted in quick succession.

Why am I posting this particular one today? Because God told me to do so. I had no intentions of posting anything today. There was nothing on my mind as I went to my corner, as I always do first thing in the morning, and began to read Gods word. I had picked up right where I had left off yesterday in Second Kings and I was reading about Elijah and Elisha when, suddenly, my mind was interrupted with these thoughts.

I can only assume that God wants you to see that He is a God of grace and forgiveness. And if you are having problems i.e. divorce, lost job, or whatever; and you are blaming God, you need to stop and listen.

God is not the one causing the problems. He may allow it in order to test your faith but He is not the cause of it. Look at Job; it’s the accuser, Satan, who is the cause of your trouble and God is allowing him to have his way with you in order to test you. Will you stand the test or will you fail it as I did? Let me tell you; my life grew ugly; so ugly I couldn’t look at myself in a mirror.

But God never left me. “The Lord your God goes with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you.” Nothing can separate us from the love of God; not even ourselves.

So keep in mind what Paul tells us in Romans 6:21-22 “What benefit did you reap at that time from the things you are now ashamed of? Those things result in death! But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life.”

Can I hear an Amen?

Do I Hear an Amen?

Amen

Do I Hear an Amen?

By J C Corcoran

The Lord said to Moses:

“How long will these people treat me with contempt? How long will they refuse to believe in me, in spite of all the miraculous signs I have performed among them?”  (Numbers 14:11)

And Jesus had the same problem; even the religious leaders refused to believe in him; in spite of all the miraculous signs he performed.

And isn’t it the same today; here in this great nation that has been so blessed?

Yes, some believe, but most don’t. And even those who do, there are some among us who do not follow the Way. We have become too complacent; we have become arrogant; we have become too prideful. Somehow, we have come to the erroneous idea that we built this great nation ourselves, through our own merits and we have failed to give God the glory. Just as the Israelites did.

And now we stand on the brink of destruction and wonder why. We still refuse to trust God. You speak of Him; you even say you pray; but do you really believe? Do you really trust God?

One man said to me recently, “There’s no point, why bother? America will never be the same.” What a defeatist attitude. This same man used to send me emails with pornographic pictures and dirty jokes and other emails about praying to God. Sounds confusing doesn’t it? And those porn pictures led to porn sites. I had to ask him to stop or quit emailing me altogether. There must be hundreds of thousands of those sites on the internet. And homosexuality has become an accepted alternative lifestyle while the Christian community, as a whole, remains silent. Doesn’t it tell us in Ephesians 5:11 to expose the fruitless deeds of darkness?

Sexual immorality is rampant, even among so-called believers and again I remind you of what it says in Ephesians 5:3, “But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality…”

And God is crying out to us. I see it everywhere on Facebook, blogs, Twitter, and even on television: “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and will heal their land.”

“called by my name” Christian; “The disciples were called Christians first at Antioch.” (Acts 11:26)

“turn from their wicked ways…” 1 John 1:9 “confess your sins”

“forgive their sins”.. 1John 1:9.. “and cleanse them from all unrighteousness.”

“I will heal their land.” Our land, the United States of America, can be saved from destruction if God’s people will humble themselves, turn to Him and repent.

I know I did. Several years ago, when I lived alone in Texas, I cruised the porn sites. I was a born-again Christian, have been for over four decades; but I was angry at God because of one of my own failures, and I turned my back on him. Then I moved up here to Indiana to be with my wife (not my wife at that time); we were living together without the benefit of marriage.

And one day we came to the realization that we were living in sin. We asked God’s forgiveness; my wife was baptized, and we got married. And God is blessing us.

We humbled ourselves; turned from our sins, and asked God’s forgiveness. And now here I am serving God with my writing.

Children of God, listen to me. Stop what you are doing.

Are you cheating on your spouse? Stop it and ask God’s forgiveness

Are you stealing from your employer? Stop it and seek God’s forgiveness

Are you cruising porn sites? For God’s sake, stop it and ask his forgiveness

Are you so busy working for the almighty dollar that you don’t have time to spend with Almighty God? Stop it. Humble yourself, confess your sin, seek God and his forgiveness and He will heal our land.

I will bring this to a close with a prayer from Toni Babcock, a member Of FaithWriters.com:

“Lord, help every child of God carry the demeanor of a child of God, fully expecting you to do great things through faith in Jesus Christ according to your Word.”

Do I hear an Amen?

You Know What?

You know what?

We cannot live a life of sin and expect a blessing from God. Sin is disobedience to Gods word and He says in 1 Samuel 2:30 …them that honour me I will honour, and they that despise me shall be lightly esteemed.

Christian brothers, hear me; you cannot continue your life of sin and expect God to deliver us from our oppression. Yes, we are being oppressed; our enemies are in high gear in their attempts to destroy every sign of God in our country. Do you not see it? Of course you see it; so what are you doing about it? Some of you are taking part. You ask how are you taking part, and I’m glad you asked because I’m fixing to tell you.

Please open your bibles to Ephesians to the fifth chapter and read with me from verse three.

“But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people. Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving.”

Now skip down to verse eleven: “Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them.

And you know what?

“ if you try to deny that you are involved in any or all of those listed, you are lying to yourself but, most of all, you are lying to God. “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; THEN WILL I HEAR FROM HEAVEN, AND WILL FORGIVE THEIR SIN, AND WILL HEAL THEIR LAND.” 2 Chronicles 7:14

Can I hear an Amen please!

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