Who do you love? Who do you live to please? Who is on your mind when you wake up each morning?
Be a God-pleaser! God gave His Son Jesus because of His great love for all mankind. We must be so in love with Jesus that we want all to know Him too. Love your family and friends enough to tell them the Truth of God’s Word. God will not change His Word for anyone. Jesus is coming back–and we can’t live any old way we like.
In John 14:23 Jesus replied, “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them. Anyone who does not love me will not obey my teaching. These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me.” (NIV).
People may abandon you, many will criticize you, disconnect from you, and run from God when you tell them the Truth–OR they will fall in love with Jesus. People may criticize you and make fun of you because of your relationship with Jesus–but remember, in the end…it will be worth it all.
Truth will offend some people. God’s Word and His Truth can be understood by the world around us and in practical ways. Many people deny spiritual truth because it seems easier, but doing things the wrong way still brings about delayed consequences.
People want everything right now—rather than doing life God’s way. Do you get so mad when an elevator is full—that you choose to go the roof and jump to your death on the street? I don’t think so. You might choose to take the stairs—all seventeen flights—and be worn out at the bottom. Huffing and puffing like a blow fish. People have grown impatient with waiting for anything. Look at what God’s Word says in Isaiah 40:31:
“But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.”
As Christians, we cannot ignore God’s Word…because it may be unpopular or cause division. When a person is confronted with truth, he or she will do one of two things—respond or react. The heart that is tender to God will respond. The tender heart is moved to tears and compassion and obedience. The tough heart may throw a temper-tantrum, a pity-party, disconnect, and deny the Truth. The heart that is tough, bitter, unforgiving, angry and rebellious will react.
We must love people enough to speak the Truth in love—no matter what. Eternity is forever. This life is passing away. Look at what Jesus said in Matthew 24:10-12: “And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and hate one another” (KJV).
Jesus said, “Blessed is he, whoever shall not be offended in Me” (Matthew 11:6).
“Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come” (Matthew 24:12-14).
Take time to read all of Matthew 24. Remember, even Truth presented in love will offend some people. We must love people enough to offer them everlasting life in Jesus Christ!
BOOKS BY DR. DEBORAH STARCZEWSKI
GOD’S PRICELESS TREASURE (How To Overcome Challenges, Be Transformed and Know Your Purpose)… learn how to move from drama to destiny, pain to purpose, a mess to a message, and trials to triumph through turning to Jesus Christ.
A LEAP OF FAITH (25 Days At The Mercy Seat)…the amazing ways the Holy Spirit led us will keep you turning the pages and increase your faith to believe God for anything. God raised my husband from death, healed him from two strokes, and walked with us through two open-heart surgeries through 25 days at Mercy Hospital. The way the three stories are divinely linked within and weaved together will give you a newfound hope and spur you to fall in love with Jesus all over again!
THE MIDNIGHT HOUR (Will America Turn Back To God?)…a must read for every leader, pastor, and family across the globe. It reads like a devotional and is a great tool of evangelism.
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If you were outside your home and saw your child walking too close to the road, you would run after your child and get their attention with spoken words, right? No good parent wants their child’s life cut short. You would yell “No,” rather quickly and not think twice about it…for sure.
You will take a stand if you are going to lose everything. You will take a stand when you align yourself with God and see people walking down a wrong path.
If you were clipping limbs off a tree and a copperhead snake slivered out, would you pet it and invite it in for dinner or cut the head off? You either have to stand up to evil or be bitten. Satan is mad and there is a real war raging over the future of America and the nations, over the culture, over destiny and the prophetic. Satan knows his time is short.
Laws have been changed to go against God’s Word, bills that appear good for the people but bring about destruction and ruin are in place, and like the leadership had to be changed in the time of Daniel, we need a change in some areas as well. (See Daniel chapter 1). Daniel and his friends faced the opportunity to please God or please mankind. For Daniel, he chose to obey God.
Satan knows how to cleverly disguise something to appear good, to save us money or make it appear that way, but in the end to bring about destruction. Any time a person is moved by padding their own pockets, and do not care about the good of the people, it is an evil plot.
Esther encountered such a time as this recorded in the Bible. God saved the Jewish people because Esther chose to stand up and take a risk.
In our culture and media, God’s name is mentioned with little reverence. Only in the midst of tragedy did the nation turn to God on September 11, 2001 for about three weeks. Satan has infiltrated the minds of people to even state that people who hear God have some type of mental illness.
Instead of allowing the enemy to devour and destroy us, it’s time for pest control. Get rid of fear, doubt, and unbelief. Run the enemy out of your mind and heart. Take a stand and speak truth in love.
If at any time any of us get more concerned about money than we are souls, we are in trouble. If a pastor won’t speak truth to a person because he or she is one of their biggest givers in the church, or speak to friends and family who go against God’s Word, it is no different than big government that is more concerned with profit than the people they are called to serve.
Fear can prevent any of us from taking a risk and taking a stand. It’s time for all people to know that we can live and have abundant life in Christ—but the world system and God’s ways are not the same.
God’s ways are always best. Our view of Him impacts three areas of our lives. First, our prayers. When we recognize His greatness and power, we will become more confident that He can accomplish mighty things—(Ephesians 3:20; James 4:2).
Second, our understanding of God’s righteousness and His goodness influences our behavior. As we desire to be more Christlike, if we want to be blessed by Him, then it is in our best interest to quickly obey Him and His Word. As we desire to be like Him, to desire righteousness, we will be quick to repent of sin instead of blaming people, manipulating, and acting out in the flesh.
Third, our faith is highly impacted. Knowing that God can be trusted, that we know He is good and wants the best for us, causes us to fully trust Him. Knowing God and remembering His awesome acts on behalf of all mankind and those in our personal lives will build our confidence in Him.
The Bible says, “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand” (John 10:27-28). Who on earth would not want eternal life in Christ?
God’s name was not mentioned in the entire book of Esther but His Hand was evident throughout. God is awesome. He is forever to be praised. He saves His people.
Purim is a Jewish holiday that commemorates the saving of the Jewish people from Haman, who was planning to kill all the Jews. Purim, or the Feast of Lots, is a joyous holiday that recounts the saving of the Jews from a threatened massacre during the Persian period. Esther, who chose to take a stand shows the leading role she played in saving her people. She chose. She took a risk.
Look at her background for a moment. “Mordecai had a cousin named Hadassah, whom he had brought up because she had neither father nor mother. This young woman, who was also known as Esther, had a lovely figure and was beautiful. Mordecai had taken her as his own daughter when her father and mother died” (Esther 2:7).
Take time to read the Book of Esther. Ask the Lord to open your eyes to come under His Mighty Hand—the Holy Spirit, Prayer, the Word of God, the five-fold ministry, and the brethren. Don’t allow the enemy of your soul to isolate you from those you love. Satan is evil and always scheming to take God’s people out.
Our rights come from God, not from government. Every living human being has a soul. God has a plan and a purpose for every person…it’s up to us as individuals to make the choice to obey God or not, to receive the gift of eternal life or not. Will you choose? What will it take for you?
Stand strong, take a stand, step out and take a risk with God. When we wholeheartedly align ourselves with God…we stand with Him. We cooperate with His plan and purposes in the earth. Since God is for us, nothing can be against us. I have read the end of the Bible—and it ends well. How will your story end?
God is raising up precious men and women of God who will take a stand with Him, and spread the message of hope in God—the Blessed Hope—Jesus Christ! The Promises of God are “yes” and “amen.” God’s best is stored up for you. Yes, you will have to overcome obstacles and opposition in order to lay hold on all God has for you. Meditate upon God’s Word. Pray the Word and obey God’s instructions. Get His Word on the inside and then share it with the world about you. The Word of God will sustain you through the fire, through the storms, and while you are fighting the good fight of faith required to lay hold of all God has promised.
Share the Word…tell your children and grandchildren. Tell your family, friends, and those who come against you. Tell the world about Jesus!
God may have called you to take a stand in the realm of government, He may have called you to do full-time ministry, or start your own business. God may have you homeschooling your kids, raising your family to know God or you may be a full-time parent and work a full-time job as well. God’s plan and purpose for you is good…the most important thing you will ever do is fully and wholeheartedly receive and align yourself with God through Jesus Christ! The second most important thing is living that life out before the world around you…will you take a stand for Christ?
Books by Dr. Deborah Starczewski…available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, www.starministriesinc.com and other distributors.
GOD’S PRICELESS TREASURE (How To Overcome Challenges, Be Transformed, And Know Your Purpose)….learn how to move from drama to destiny, a mess to a message, pain to purpose, and trials to triumph through turning to Jesus Christ.
A LEAP OF FAITH (25 Days At The Mercy Seat)….read the amazing accounts of how God intervened, raised my husband from death, healed him from two strokes, and walked with us through two open-heart surgeries at Mercy. The natural manifestations and extreme details revealed will give you hope to believe God for yourself, for your family, and the nations.
THE MIDNIGHT HOUR (Will America Turn Back To God?)….we are living in the Last Days…before the return of Jesus Christ….make sure of your relationship with Jesus and lead your family and friends to Him. You are a world-changer!
It is time for the church to arise and turn back to God in unified prayer and fasting. Always remember, if God can save you, He can save anybody. He saved Saul of Tarsus and changed his name from Saul to Paul. “Paul” means “a little man” and that was a constant reminder to him that he had to rely on God, not himself. He was equipped and empowered by the Holy Spirit. It takes no more grace to save a Saul of Tarsus, who was persecuting Christians, than to convert you or me.
If God could save Saul, who was persecuting Christians, He can save anyone. Saul was confronted by Jesus Christ on the road to Damascus, and realized what he had been doing was wrong. His encounter with Christ brought conviction in his heart and it led to conversion. After he was converted, Paul experienced communion, consecration (being set apart totally to God), and was commissioned by Jesus as an apostle to preach the good news of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Paul had been blind, but when He met the light—the Son of God, he experienced a heart change.
We must choose to turn to God, rely on His strength, and take back our land. We must stand upon God’s Word for the lost. That is the heart of God. We have the same resurrection power within us (as believers) that raised Jesus Christ from the dead.
When we fully come to know God, we live in a state of amazement and awe through every day. We have divine appointments on a daily basis, we see God’s hand in details, and we sense His presence. God is waiting on us to be a people who will be fully committed to Him. He desires to show Himself strong on our behalf.
When we are committed and get to know the Lord, we begin to hear His voice and we know it. We hear Him in small details and we watch life unfold just as He has spoken. We live in such a state of time that we must hear God and know His voice. Whether we believe it or not, there is a war raging between good and evil. Let us pray together for revival in our own hearts and for this nation. Get back to prayer in individual homes, altars—and may it spread throughout the communities. We must fully commit to God in every area.
The Bible says, “For the eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him” (2 Chron. 16:9, NIV). The King James Version says, “For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew him-self strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him.”
In 1 Samuel 30, after David and all his men came back to Ziglag—they all wept till they had no strength left. The men that were with David blamed him and wanted to stone their own leader. But David chose to encourage himself in the Lord. He worshipped and then cried out to God in prayer. God spoke specific instructions to David—and he obeyed God. David recovered all and then helped those who stayed behind. Take time to study 1 Samuel chapter 30 and pray.
We learn a highly valuable lesson in this chapter. It’s time to understand the steps that David took–and do them as a nation. Stop allowing the enemy to destroy within. Satan sits back and laughs—because he has got people turning on one another. Choose to be the change in every situation. Go out of your way to be kind to people. Don’t fall for the enemy’s trap of isolation and shutting down communication.
God have mercy on this nation. We decree light, blind eyes opened, and a nation that turns back to God as a people. May the fire of the Holy Spirit set your heart ablaze for souls and give you a greater desire to obey God fully. Pray for the President of the United States. Pray for all leaders and choose to bless one another in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ! He is coming back!
God bless you!
(Excerpt from THE MIDNIGHT HOUR: Will America Turn Back To God?….available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, www.xulonpress.com/bookstore, and other distributors. See www.starministriesinc.com for other books by Dr. Deborah Starczewski)
BOOKS BY DEBORAH STARCZEWSKI
God’s Priceless Treasure (How To Overcome Challenges, Be Transformed and Know Your Purpose)
A LEAP OF FAITH (25 Days At The Mercy Seat)….a modern, up-to-date resurrection story. This book will give you hope and faith to believe God for anything.
THE MIDNIGHT HOUR (Will America Turn Back To God?)