On Eagle's Wings
(Articles From A Pastoral Perspective)
Exodus 19:4 (NASB)
'You yourselves have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I bore you on eagles' wings, and brought you to Myself.
"Christmas 2019 Into New Year's 2020"
Pastor Bill Mitchell
"These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage (be of good cheer – NKJV); I have overcome the world."
In sharing with you this season the two-fold burden in my heart is connected to a most joyous Christmas and preparation for the new decade. In selecting the Lord’s words from John’s Gospel we can quickly take note of His purpose: we might have peace in the midst of a duel existence. This is the aid rendered to us by the ministry of the Holy Spirit.
It is imperative in interpreting this passage in light of the preceding discourses. The peace is not the kind available from being “in” Christ but one that corresponds with continual and conscious dependence of remaining intimate with Him.
The call to the Master’s disciples is one of realistic elation, a quality Dan Allender comments, “Christians spend most of emotional strength denying what is real.” It is the Lord’s abiding and manifested Presence which grants the valor to survey the year 2020 in America and possess a spirit of joyfulness. As Pastor Jack speaks of God working in ways clearly beyond human ability, he states this two part notion:
God is waiting for a human invitation to manifest Himself, and
2. Worship is the means for inviting Him to do so.
It is this ‘divine entrance’ that equips us to joyfully celebrate Christmas 2019 and carry that delight into a realistic perusal of 2020. Thanks for taking the time to ponder the heart pulses here.
New Year 2020
“...In the world you have tribulation...”
Supporting Text: “Then Pharaoh commanded all his people, saying, "Every son who is born you are to cast into the Nile, and every daughter you are to keep alive." (Exodus 1:22)
In America 2020, we sadly speak of the death of a generation. The death I refer to here is the death of a generation where family values were the fabric within our nation. The death has been slow and agonizing originating from the 1960’s. The deterioration combined with a tidal wave of political and social forces. The 1962 Supreme Court decided that prayer in public school violated the establishment clause of the first amendment. (Engel v. Vitale) Well intended federal government political effort to assist needy families with available financial input can be assessed some fifty years later. Man’s best efforts worked backwards to erosion of these family units. Rowe v. Wade (1972) swept in the sex revolution with a moral decline found all the room to roam to run rampant against the responsibility of childbearing to the beckoning government funding. Another family value swept away in the rip tide of the 60’s.
The bewilderment across the landscape by these new values is evidence of a treadmill effect coupled to the new morality. A new morality that exists claims to be born of tolerance, but in fact is the step child of intolerance and hatred. My concern for 2020, is believers giving in to the despair and surrender against the incessant oppression of darkness (Dan. 7:21). Read the words of Alexis de Tocqueville from his work “Democracy In America” from 1835:
“...liberty cannot be established with out morality, nor morality without faith...”
Our supporting text from Exodus declares: they killed the men and exploited the women. That's exactly what's happens so much in our culture. Men are killed through false symbolism. Men are killed through the supposition that, supposition that you either have to be a stud or a homosexual. The masculine lost identity. Lost-men are killed through reduces leadership responsibility. Exploit the women through a false sense of liberation. You know what's happening right now because of the---listen--boy, the women of our society did need to be set free.
They neutered the men, they killed them there. Men had been neutered. The loss of wise and definitive leadership is evident. Honestly, it's troubling me more and more, the lack of men you find to just, stand, just to stand up and be a man. There is a resurgence on the horizon, but it bothers me, number of guys that have lost decision making power.
But let the girls live. Why did they want those slave girls to live? To use, that's what for. To use them. To use their bodies. As their maids, and as their concubines. To use them to work and then lay with them at night. Save the girls. A generation that's been silenced, very much on the issue of the joy, the privilege, the responsibility, the happiness of childbearing. A generation that has become irresponsible in the training of its daughters.
A generation that has become irresponsible in the training of its daughters. Just, just, very simple little thing. We've become a fast food culture and raised a generation of girls, not raised a generation of girls-and they don't know how to keep house, they don't know how to think. They don't know how to think about those responsibilities.
If you are a woman who knows how to keep house and to raise kids, then you've somehow sacrificed your ingenuity and creativity. It never occurs to people that you could be all those things. The point is that the role of a woman is to provide the kind of place that makes the home a happy place for a family to be and want to be together.
Concerning 2020, what can we expect? Political intensity and hatred will in crease during an election year. The spillover to social unrest will capture great attention and physical harm. “The earth was corrupt and filled with violence...”
(Gen. 6:11). To live and pray in a violent world is to see the invisible, to be committed to forceful, sustained prayer and to expect God to dwell, meet and speak with us. Why such political and social imposition?
We are at critical mass approaching a new decade. According to Victor Davis Hanson (Hillsdale), “American citizenship is eroding in three ways”. First, ancients from Plato to Tacitus have suggested that affluence combined with leisure creates a negligence and sloppiness that leads to social disintegration. This may be seen in the passivity of citizens to educate themselves, make distinctions and above all, to know history.
Secondly, we are becoming a country of tribes. The concept of multi-racialism – being a nation of different races while sharing a common culture is comatose. This kind of tribalism leads to social fragmentation and civil discord. We currently have 20 million people here illegally. The classical ingredients of American citizenship – commitment to a common culture – is scarred and blurred. In the words of Dr. Hanson, “We are no longer making the effort to make the melting pot working.”
The third factor circulates around the following reality: when evil begins to dominate a society, certain factors are set in motion which breeds violence in a culture moving towards agnosticism and atheism which only speaks of God to blame Him. Only a move of the Holy Spirit can neutralize the onslaught of violence.
In relation to the New Year, I ask our congregation to rise in faith! Not giving in to the temptation of hopelessness or that all is lost. Let Hebrews 11 become your banner entering into 2020.
Secondly, open up to the Lord expanding your sight to behold the invisible! The battle is long at times and the whole message of the book of Daniel is that the whole issue of warfare in the last times will be a calculated device to wear down the saints. Though the battle becomes wearying, there is a place of renewing and refreshing regularly.
Finally, at the Lord’s Table this Sunday, may we commit to being an instrument of redemption as the Presence of God works in us for 2020. Let’s encourage each other that the Kingdom is at hand and we shall possess it soon (Dan. 7:27).
“...I have overcome the world...”
“...His Name shall be called Emmanuel which translated means ‘God with us’ (Matt. 1:23). I ask us to celebrate His entrance into this world, your life, and your eternal destiny. His entrance means so much to living out a life honoring Him and fulfilling destiny. May this be your Christmas Eve meditation: Whatever seems hopeless, He can bring the entry of His hope. Whatever seems dead, He can resurrect. Whatever seems sick, He can make well. Whatever seems up against the wall, He can break down the walls. He is the God who is able.
Have a huge time making merry over the following Kingdom recognition of ‘Emmanuel’ for 2019. Let this good cheer lead us to the Table on Sunday and usher us through the threshold of 2020.
HIS CONCERN FOR YOU: "I am indeed concerned about you and what has been done to you in Egypt. (Exodus 3:16)
HIS INVITATION TO US: And many peoples will come and say, "Come, let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, To the house of the God of Jacob; That He may teach us concerning His ways And that we may walk in His paths." For the law will go forth from Zion And the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.
5 Come, house of Jacob, and let us walk in the light of the LORD. (Isaiah 2:3, 5)
HIS RICH SUPPLY TO US IN 2020: Now may the God who gives perseverance and encouragement grant you to be of the same mind with one another according to Christ Jesus, (Romans 15:5)
HIS FULLNESS OF GOOD THINGS TO US: Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you will abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. (Romans 15:13)
HIS DECLARATION OF WHO HE IS TO US: Now the God of peace be with you all. Amen. (Romans 15:33)
HIS AVAILABILITY IN TRIALS & GRIEF: Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort,
(2 Corinthians 1:3)
Lessons of practical wisdom are for the purpose of God to happen through His people who don’t flee, whimper or whine, but who say, Lord, we are Your people and this is our hour.