“…make mention…”

 

Praise the LORD, call upon His name, declare His doings among the people, make mention that His name is exalted.

Isaiah 12:4 — King James Version

 

Thursday, May 20th, 2021

by Ken Pullen

ACP — A Crooked Path Made Straight By the Word of God

 

 

Want to know the true state of our sinful nation? How dark and wicked our time is, our government is, our people are? We have a president who on the National Day of Prayer refused to utter the name of God, refused to honor, respect, and praise God. Failed to even mention the name of God. On what is designated the National Day of Prayer. Imagine that…

What did our president emphasize on this day instead of exalting the name of God? Honoring God? Giving God the glory and thanking God? Why Mr. Biden emphasized “climate change” and “racial justice” instead of turning to God. Imagine that…

 

For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.

Ephesians 6:12 — English Standard Version

 

We are instructed in the Word of God to pray for those in high offices, those in positions of authority. Those given worldly power for a season. And this current president needs every possible fervent prayer from every faithful and sincere true believer that he has his dark, lost sin-filled heart and spirit pierced by the Spirit of God. That he is shaken to the degree Nebuchadnezzar did (see Daniel 4) and that he does this before he sees the writing on the wall and meets and end as Belshazzar did (see Daniel 5).

For further study (see Acts 4 paying close attention to verses 13 through 20)and (see Acts 5 paying special attention to verses 27 through 32).

I rarely use the following Bible translation but in my searching out more than 30 translations this one says it pointedly, so clearly for anyone today to understand and not use the excuse that they can’t understand the wording used in God’s Word;

 

Satan, who is the god of this world, has blinded the minds of those who don’t believe. They are unable to see the glorious light of the Good News. They don’t understand this message about the glory of Christ, who is the exact likeness of God.

2 Corinthians 4:4 — New Living Translation

 

And there is this contained in the same letter the apostle Paul wrote to the church in Corinth;

 

But I will continue to do what I am doing, in order to deny an opportunity to those who want to be regarded as our equals in what they boast about. For such people are false apostles, deceitful workers, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ. And no wonder! For Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. So it is no great surprise if his servants also disguise themselves as servants of righteousness. Their end will be according to their works.

2 Corinthians 11:12-15 — Christian Standard Bible

 

Hopefully, EVERY true believer of the Lord Jesus Christ knowing not only this but also knowing that every epistle, every letter was written by Paul with the Holy Spirit working in him is not some dusty ancient irrelevant piece of parchment with mere words on it that do not apply. Heaven forbid any would ever permit such a thought to enter their hearts or minds for a nanosecond let alone dismiss those words and live their life as if the letters to all the churches no longer applied! EVERY WORD of EVERY LETTER applies to EVERY church and EVERY PROFESSED BELIEVER as if the apostle Paul wrote them earlier this week and had them overnighted to your pastor, your denomination, your mailbox!

We have a citizenry that only mentions God in cursing. That uses Jesus’ name in vain as if it were a part of punctuation. As they curse, use the Lord’s name in vain like a breath, a coma revealing the depth and breadth of their grasp of language and their vast vocabulary, their intelligence, their ignorance hurdling backward to the point where soon they will most likely only grunt, growl, fart with their tongues while cursing and using the Lord’s name in vain and only mentioning God in such a sinful and wicked manner.

The world thinks it is amusing, comedy to use profanity as if it were commas, periods, and something required with every breath before going on to the next array in the vastness and depth of their thinking, their vast minds, and overwhelming vocabulary, ahh, their education! Ahh, the parenting and examples they received in this life! Imagine that…

Where oh where is the awe of God? The humbling of self? Where is the understanding that no man or woman can come close to comprehending the Holiness, the Wonder, the Knowledge, the Power and Ability of God Almighty, All-Knowing? We treat God as if He doesn’t exist or if we profess belief we treat Him like some old uncle that always gives us a piece of candy when he visits, and then goes out on the porch and sits in the rocking chair.

What is wrong with us people!? Why can’t we begin to attempt to grasp the awesomeness of God? And do not equate the use of that word with how it has been misused and overused in the latter 20th century and now has become trite.

Think of it exactly like this rather than what may have immediately come to mind;

 

And I said, “O LORD God of heaven, the great and awesome God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments,

Nehemiah 1:5 — English Standard Version

 

The common professed believer in Jesus Christ, the common pastor today no longer expresses any awe, any wonder, any amazement, any bowing before, any comprehending the vastness and depth of the incomprehensible power, knowledge, and vastness that is the One True God. The Creator and then the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, as well as the Father to every truly transformed, renewed of mind and spirit individual who has confessed their sin, repented, been born anew, a new creature, regenerated into a new being by the infinite power of the Holy Spirit of God.

Why isn’t the name of the Lord exalted continually among us? With the utmost of sincerity and heartfelt joy and wonder and thankfulness for what God, what Jesus, what the Holy Spirit has done and will do and continues to do?

Why?

Why the ignoring, the complacency, the acting all haughty, deducted, superior, sophisticated, and worldly when we ought to be staggered! We ought to be gobsmacked upon coming into the light, into God’s mercy and forgiveness, into the knowledge and power of God and the blood of Jesus, and the power of the Holy Spirit to indwell a person and take them from the certainty of eternal hell which every person deserves into the Life, the Way, the Truth, and the Light leading to eternal life!

Where is the exalting of God’s name? The making mention? The praising THAT ISN’T BY ROTE AND ONLY DONE ON SUNDAY’S IN FRONT AND AROUND THOSE IN YOUR CHURCH FOR ONE SERVICE (and by the way, if you are a member of a professed Christian church, does your church offer an evening Sunday service? Why not? Why not go to your pastor, or pastors, your church leadership and seriously inquire why it is that on the Lord’s Day one service is now adequate and that’s all there is)?

And before you are able to think to yourself, Yeah what about you buddy? Always so quick to point out things to others but what about you!? Well, the church my wife are members of and attend offers up multiple morning services and an evening service every Sunday. it is one of the factors that drew us to continue on in this particular church and to become members. It is, after all, the Lord’s Day. The Sabbath. The time to put God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit, prayer, and the Word of God to the fore and above everything else is it not? Imagine that…

A distinct, clear, glaring sign of the times is the diminishing of services taking place on Sundays. Where you live how many so-called professed Christian churches have Sunday evening services? A mid-week service? Multiple services on a Sunday? And I’m not talking about going into a church of Rome for a mass. How many? Do you know? Where is the praise, the making mention, the joy, wonder, AWE, devotion, FOCUS on God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit, and the Word of God as uppermost in our lives when at best there is one Sunday service. And that is approached half-heartedly and a good side, a good act is staged for all to witness. What then the remainder of that day and Monday through Saturday?

Here’s something to ponder…THERE ARE THOUSANDS, APPROACHING MILLIONS of God’s people, true Christians WHO ARE DYING — ACTUALLY DYING — in trying to worship, to praise God for His Son, Jesus, and all that God has done in their lives. Thousands, approaching millions DYING to hear the Word of God. To exalt and make mention of the name of God, the name of Jesus, to hear and spread the gospel. And here? In America? In the West? we demand to be entertained or else we won’t show up! We demand jokes, illustrations, and words to satisfy our itching sinful ears loving lies and false teachings more than the sound doctrines of the inerrant infallible living and active Word of God! Imagine that…

But we have to get home for lunch, to watch the game, to go play golf on a nice day and myriad other sundry worldly, vain, distracting matters we make of far greater importance than exalting the name of God DECLARING HIS DOINGS AMONG THE PEOPLE. Perhaps only calling on His name in vain, in profanity, in banality and carnality and immorality!

The people search and demand signs, claiming if only they saw signs they would change, they would listen and pay attention. Just more lies. Just more delusion and lies and empty words spent and spewed. The signs abound and are all around. They can’t be missed. A person anywhere can’t be active in any day the Lord blesses them with and not see, hear, bump into the array of signs for them to see, hear, smell, taste and touch evil and sin and the rise of false teachers, the people have been given over to reprobate minds, wicked, unrighteous minds as we solidly are living in the Biblical times of Romans 1 in this escalating spiritual war.

We have our highest-ranking leader, what is considered a king in the Bible refusing to mention the name of God let alone exalt God’s name, mention it among the people, DECLARE THE DOINGS OF ALMIGHTY GOD among the people, mention the greatness, glory, and wonder of God to the people! No, instead we have omission of mention of God and lavish and waste words on making ourselves appear like gods in mentioning what is more important than God is “climate change” and “social justice” and “racial justice” elevating and praising and honoring homosexuality and immoralities, the pre-meditated murder of millions of children, babies and every other abomination and evil under the sun as our leaders, our government, our institutions, our military, our schools, our various departments and agencies, our schools, our workplaces — companies, and corporations — even our churches are now consumed honoring, praising, elevating, exalting SIN, exalting EVIL, exalting LIES, exalting DARKNESS, exalting IMMORALITY above even mentioning the name of God — unless in vain, in profanity, in anger, in disgust.

Woe to U.S. Woe to U.S.!

Hear the Word of the Lord and REPENT while God Almighty blesses you with breath, a beating heart and allow the light and truth and life, allow the Word of God, allow the mercy and love of the Lord Jesus Christ and the power of the Word, the power of the Holy Spirit to enter into your heart, mind, spirit, and soul and turn from this world and to the Lord! And this is not directed only at those who would be considered unbelievers. No, this is in truth equally in heartfelt hope and prayer to any and all claiming to be Christian but failing miserably to comprehend, know, understand, submit and accept LOVING JOYFULLY what it means to actually live as a disciple of the Lord Jesus Christ and not make that claim lightly, or if only going to a church service, and most likely a watered-down one, a worldly one on a Sunday morning and making sure that shiny cross on your neck is showing…what is more important is what is showing in your heart and mind to God? What is showing in your life to others who encounter you? Do they see God the Father in you as you are living to be the light of the world as best you can in order to see God in you and glorify Him? Exalting Him. Honoring Him? Making mention of His name in a holy, wondrous, exalted, joyful, and blessed manner?

Make mention…continually, daily, nightly, always…make mention of God. Exalt His name above ALL ELSE. Always.

May we all submit, humble ourselves before the Lord. And let it begin with me…

 

Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!

Isaiah 5:20 — King James Version

 

Praise the LORD, call upon His name, declare His doings among the people, make mention that His name is exalted.

Isaiah 12:4 — King James Version

 

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