Author: Daniel Higginbotham

Stop doubting, have faith, be free…

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It is so sad to me that throughout creation as God has revealed himself that so many have doubted his power and grace, so many have seen so many great miracles, so many have seen the power of God and while they cant explain the things they have seen, instead of glorying and worshiping God they try to explain when his power is revealed and pretend he does not exist. If you are on the fence or your heart is not yet hardened may you read this message and rejoice! Doubt is natural, but put your doubt to bed and praise the Lord as God and thank him for sending his only Son Jesus Christ so that you may have a relationship with him! How powerful is God?

3 And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. 4 God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness. 5 God called the light “day,” and the darkness he called “night.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the first day. (Genesis Chapter 1 verse 3-5 NIV) God is so powerful that he spoke the world, the universe, and all things into existence. His power is beyond understanding and when you try to imagine it your brain tries to tell you “that is is impossible” but remember that the Lord is ancient of ages, he was, is, and will be for all time the power and grace over all things. Throughout the old testament God presents his power to all people, think about the Jews as God prepared to bring them out of Egypt:

14 Then the LORD said to Moses, “Pharaoh’s heart is unyielding; he refuses to let the people go. 15 Go to Pharaoh in the morning as he goes out to the river. Confront him on the bank of the Nile, and take in your hand the staff that was changed into a snake. 16 Then say to him, ‘The LORD, the God of the Hebrews, has sent me to say to you: Let my people go, so that they may worship me in the wilderness. But until now you have not listened. 17 This is what the LORD says: By this you will know that I am the LORD: With the staff that is in my hand I will strike the water of the Nile, and it will be changed into blood. 18 The fish in the Nile will die, and the river will stink; the Egyptians will not be able to drink its water.’” (Exodus Chapter 7 verse 14-17 NIV) God through Moses commanded the Pharaoh of Egypt to free Moses and the Jews, Pharaoh refused, God struck Egypt with repeated plagues and signs from Heaven that God alone was in charge and that He had power to send and take away through plagues, famines, and so much more. Time after time in Exodus God sends plagues against the Egyptians, and time and time again people have doubt even as the Lord allows Moses to tell them what will happen before it happens! Even as the Lord takes away the plagues as Moses prays for him to do so to demonstrate not only is God in charge of all things but that when his people call for peace it will come. And still people doubted God!

The bottom line is that God demonstrated and still demonstrates his power over all of the ages and people want to say “well I know that the Nile just turned to blood and that all this crazy stuff is happening you said would happen but it is just all a good guess, there is no God”. YOUR WRONG! There is a God, he is the Father of all men and women, the God of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, the father of Jesus Christ! We give you praise heavenly father for your power is unending and eternal.

So now we see that there are hundreds of examples in the old testament alone that show us not to doubt. God is willing to reveal himself to remind those who think they are in charge who is really in charge. But what about doubting that Jesus Christ is the Son of God? 20 Then Jesus began to denounce the towns in which most of his miracles had been performed, because they did not repent. 21 “Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the miracles that were performed in you had been performed in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes. 22 But I tell you, it will be more bearable for Tyre and Sidon on the day of judgment than for you. 23 And you, Capernaum, will you be lifted to the heavens? No, you will go down to Hades.[e] For if the miracles that were performed in you had been performed in Sodom, it would have remained to this day. 24 But I tell you that it will be more bearable for Sodom on the day of judgment than for you.” (Matthew Chapter 11 verse 20-24 NIV) Jesus Christ performed hundreds of miracles, healed thousands, brought the dead back to life, fed thousands with just enough for a few, did things that where “impossible”. Even know the Lord provided hundreds and hundreds of signs that he was and is God, He was still ignored and ridiculed and ultimately murdered because of the people doubting!

Perhaps the greatest example of doubt is the story of Thomas, Thomas is called “doubting Thomas” because Jesus Christ appeared to the disciples after he rose from the dead and Thomas was not with them to see Jesus, instead of glorying the Lord and falling to his knees to worship God knowing that he brought Jesus Christ back from the dead He did not believe, he doubted, until:

26 A week later his disciples were in the house again, and Thomas was with them. Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” 27 Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.”

28 Thomas said to him, “My Lord and my God!” (John Chapter 20 verse 26-28 NIV) Jesus Christ did rise from the dead! And He told him “put your finger here, see my hands” he told him to put his finger int he hole the nail had made through his hand! The Lord Jesus Christ is risen! He is alive! He died for your sins!

Some of you are saying even now, this proves nothing, well perhaps your heart is truly hardened even now, instead of calling on the name of the Lord you want to explain and doubt, instead how about you pray to God for a sign that you are wrong. How about you actually pray, you are to pray in secret, so what is the worse that could happen? You could find out you are full of sin and you are in need of Jesus Christ just like I am, just like all Christians are. None are worthy of the Lord, that is why the sacrifice of Jesus Christ is so precious! God gave us the way to praise and worship him! The last and greatest sacrifice so that we may live! Thank you Jesus! Thank you Lord! You truly are power! Father please touch those reading this message and remind them you are God, you are there, and just because they don’t believe doesn’t mean they wont bow before you and confess Jesus Christ is Lord, Son of God!

Amen.

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He is worthy of all praise and worship!

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What can you say about the Lord? He is truth, He is the light, He is power, He is grace, He is understanding, He is amazement, He is all knowing, He is perfect, He is never failing, He is loving, He is jealous, He is patient, He is mighty, He is wise, He is eternal! Praise you Hosanna! Never forget the Lord is worthy of all praise and worship! If you praise the Lord and say anything about his love, or his perfection, or knowledge, or power, and you glorify him by truly understanding he is the King of Kings, the creator of all things, you should praise, worship, and fear the Lord! Remember that His power is unmatched and cannot be defeated, for even the very winds of the earth obey the Lord! – 23 Then he got into the boat and his disciples followed him. 24 Suddenly a furious storm came up on the lake, so that the waves swept over the boat. But Jesus was sleeping. 25 The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!”
26 He replied, “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?” Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm.

27 The men were amazed and asked, “What kind of man is this? Even the winds and the waves obey him!” Matthew Chapter 8 verse 23-27 NIV)

How powerful is our God? He has the power to heal anything, the power to do anything, for all the Lord must do is have a thought and his will becomes reality! Fear the Lord your God! Praise and worship Him because he is worthy of it! Never forget that Jesus Christ healed the blind, he saved those possessed by demons and drove them out, the evil ones shrieked in the night: 28 When he arrived at the other side in the region of the Gadarenes,[c] two demon-possessed men coming from the tombs met him. They were so violent that no one could pass that way. 29 “What do you want with us, Son of God?” they shouted. “Have you come here to torture us before the appointed time?” (Matthew Chapter 8 verse 28) The power of the Lord is known by all things, specially the devil and those thrown down from heaven with him. They fear even the sight of the Lord, how terrible to think about those who try to show how “strong” they are by saying their is no God and they do not fear him, the Lord humbles all those who stand against him.

The Lord is patient, loving, caring, and wishes for all to call on his name. Never forget that God, creator of heaven, creator of earth, sent his only son Jesus Christ to die for the sins of man, he watched his son beaten and tortured even know his Son was the only thing ever born of flesh free from sin, free from the cause for being beat, and yet God allowed man to punish his Son for no crimes he had made, he died for the crimes that we have made against the Lord. Jesus Christ gave his life of his own accord, He laid his life down willingly to die so we may be saved, Jesus Christ is love! 17 The reason my Father loves me is that I lay down my life—only to take it up again. 18 No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again. This command I received from my Father.” (John Chapter 10 verse 17-18 NIV)

Praise the Lord for his strength, his knowledge, his power, his love, his grace, and all his perfection! Praise you Lord for sending Jesus Christ to die for our sins, praise you Lord Jesus Christ for your sacrifice so that I may live! Thank you God for your love and power! Praise you Light of Judea! Praise you Hosanna! Jehovah! You are truly the corner stone! Praises to the most high king!! Amen.

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I’m coming life a thief in the night

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If you woke up tomorrow and your world was totally different than it is today and all that you know is brought into question, where would you turn? I would hope that you would turn to the eternal truth of the Lord Jesus Christ and the Father who sits on his thrown in heaven and sent him. God talks through his prophets, Jesus Christ himself, and the apostles throughout his living word about “the end of days”. First and this is very important:

36 “But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son,[f] but only the Father. 37 As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. 38 For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; 39 and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. 40 Two men will be in the field; one will be taken and the other left. 41 Two women will be grinding with a hand mill; one will be taken and the other left. (Matthew Chapter 24 verse 36-41 NIV)

Let me be clear that NO MAN, NO MAN, NO MAN knows when Jesus Christ is going to return, NO MAN knows when the end of days spoken about throughout the Bible is going to occur, HOWEVER we are not told not to be getting prepared! Prepared in spirit, in our relationship with Jesus Christ, with our family, with the fact that we are ensuring we are only serving the Lord! The reason for this post today is simple, in my heart of hearts I believe that the things the Lord is preparing me for is the things to come. I want to talk about what Jesus Christ said to expect before his return, and then a few things to expect right before the domino begin to fall!

First what does the Bible say about the second coming of Jesus Christ? 1 Now, brothers and sisters, about times and dates we do not need to write to you, 2 for you know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. 3 While people are saying, “Peace and safety,” destruction will come on them suddenly, as labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape. (1 Thessalonians Chapter 5 verse 1-3 NIV) The Lord is coming, and his return to earth wont be in a drawn out ceremony, it wont take his Word hundreds of years to come true once all is right to begin, once the domino that have been put in place since the crucifixion of Jesus start to fall, they are going to fall quickly, and destruction will come on them suddenly!

That’s a scary thought! How scary to know that the things that have been put into place since the dawn of creation by our Father in heaven have been for this glorious day and all the events that lead up to it! So now we know that Jesus Christ is going to return, we know that his coming is going to be quick, we know that before his coming it is going to be scary, only second to actually seeing him descending on earth! What does Jesus Christ say we can expect to see before his second coming?

5 Jesus said to them: “Watch out that no one deceives you. 6 Many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am he,’ and will deceive many. 7 When you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. 8 Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be earthquakes in various places, and famines. These are the beginning of birth pains. (Mark Chapter 13 verse 5-8 NIV)

So before his second coming Jesus told the disciples to expect false prophets, wars, rumors of wars, earthquakes, famines, and he clearly says “These are the beginning of birth pains” meaning these are only the start of things to come! Without a doubt we are entering into a new age where we can all see the devastation the world is begging to feel, massive earthquakes in just recent memory: Japan, Haiti, Chile. How many wars are currently on-going? Iraq, Afghanistan, the Mexican drug war, riots taking place still in Egypt, Syria, Yemen, Libya, Russia. Rumors of war with Iran, North Korea, China and the United States, the list goes on and on and on. “But Daniel this kind of stuff has been going on since the begging of time” you know what? You may be right. I will not argue that wars, earth quakes, protest, uprisings, famines, and all the like have not happened before, but all together? Like a master puppeteer the world is marching singing “we don’t need God, we don’t need God” right off the cliff!

There is no denying that wars have spread throughout the world, that the exploding population is ripe for a terrible plague, that millions are starving everyday, that the “Arab Spring” has come to pass after dozens of years under the same ruler, do you truly think a few million Arabs hopped out of bed one morning and said “Today I think will over throw our ruler of 40 years”. You may not believe His true, living word but there is no denying the word of Jesus Christ and God the Father read as a script for the current world events!

So what else does the Bible say about the end of days? 7 “After that, in my vision at night I looked, and there before me was a fourth beast—terrifying and frightening and very powerful. It had large iron teeth; it crushed and devoured its victims and trampled underfoot whatever was left. It was different from all the former beasts, and it had ten horns. (Daniel Chapter 7 verse 7 NIV) The old testament has just as much to say about the end of days, this old testament scripture comes from the book of Daniel and talks about a “terrifying and frightening” beast. Many that argue theology say that this verse refers to the last kingdom of earth or the “one world government” which will take root and become the tool of the anti-Christ to punish the world. For decades it has been believed that this last kingdom is the revived Holy Roman Empire, the only problem? For the last century where the Holy Roman Empire use to stand is now Europe! So many different countries and ruling systems, different currencies, different militaries, so many different things! That was until the year 2000 when the European Union was formed as a lose conglomerate of countries with one common currency and one common goal, to strengthen Europe on the global stage. The European Union has now grown to 27 countries and is currently in “chaos” because of its failing common currency the “Euro”. People are so willing to sacrifice their liberty for stability! Even know the rulers of Europe are meeting to discuss was to strengthen the “Euro zone” to ensure the Euro and the union stand. The leaders’ plan seeks to enshrine tougher budget oversight in the existing EU treaty or alternatively, by creating a new one for the 17 euro zone nations that others could opt in to. It proposes automatic sanctions for breaking rules and a requirement to balance national budgets. (From a report from CBS news – http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-500395_162-57339145/eu-leaders-seek-consensus-s-p-ups-pressure/).

The bottom line is that to save the Euro drastic measures must be taken to stabilize the zone and in order to do that the European Union must have more control over member countries! The most interesting thing about the European Union is “Recommendation 666” that was proposed and passed in the year 2000 by the former Western European Union, in the “recommendation 666” we have much to see. Remember – 18 This calls for wisdom. Let the person who has insight calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man.[e] That number is 666. (Revelation Chapter 13 verse 18 NIV). Now some of you out there are still saying “conspiracy theory” can’t you Christian’s just give it a rest? I want to tell you just to stop reading, but just as you can’t stop reading, I can’t deny you the truth that God has foretold in the Bible! Recommendation 666 gives power to a “figurehead” with-in the European Union government at times of war, this figurehead is given “emergency” powers over the military of the European Union, so in effect that person would then be the most powerful person on earth…I know, who am I to believe? (http://www.assembly-weu.org/en/documents/sessions_ordinaires/txt/2000/jun00_txts_adopted.php)

The terrible truth is this, this is going to happen, the Lord’s word is true, unchanging, eternal, and his return is more ripe than it has ever been. It grows more ripe each day! The Lord will not give us forever to get prepared! Stop ignoring his calls to fill that void that you have! Call on the name of Jesus Christ and be saved! Remember 16 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. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. (John Chapter 3 verse 16-17 NIV). God loves you! He wants a relationship with you! He has provided a way for anyone to be forgiven! Repent! Call on the name of your most high king! Get on your knees and pray for understanding and forgiveness! The kingdom of God is at hand, and this time it wont only come near!

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