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Monday, January 12, 2015

Fervent Love Part 5

While she was alive my mother was known as the generous lady. If you had a problem, a pressing need, some issue you couldn’t see yourself out of on your own, it was common knowledge that you went to ‘the lady with the orphanage’ and if there was any way that she could help you, she would.

Even when there was no money to give out, there was always a sympathetic ear, a hug, a shared cry, and for many these gestures of heartfelt empathy were enough, because they realized someone actually did care, someone actually did take an interest.

We garner reputations by the way we live our lives both within the household of faith and without. Are you known as the guy with the face tattoo and eye piercings, or the guy who spends much of his free time reading to the elderly in the retirement home? Are you known as the lady who screamed at the bag boy for bagging your groceries in paper instead of plastic bags, or as the lady who makes Christmas boxes throughout the year for the poor kids in the community?

Our actions define us more than our words ever will. I can tell everyone within earshot that I am generous and magnanimous, that I give of myself, of my time, and of my resources, or I can do these things consistently without bothering to see if anyone is noticing, and eventually you will be known for it, because men notice.

Men likewise notice when we call ourselves believers, Christians, followers of Christ, and soldiers of the cross, yet equal them in their thirst for debauchery and lawlessness.

It is the same within the household of faith.

If you are always the one comforting the bruised and broken, if you are always the one reaching out a hand to help those who have stumbled, the body will take note, and you will be identified as one who has fervent love for the brethren, and as one who realizes that when one member suffers, the whole body suffers.

Likewise, if you are always the one beating a brother when he’s down, if you’re always the one trying to trip everyone else up just to get a few paces ahead of the crowd, it will be noted, and you will likewise be labeled as what you rightly are.

Are you a defender of the Gospel, or are you a cowardly lemming trying to keep from being seen and singled out? Your actions will determine how you are perceived, not the words you speak about yourself.

I am a man of words, but I also realize the futility of words, especially when it comes to the titles we afford ourselves and the accolades we shower upon ourselves. There’s a reason public relations firms make so much money, and it’s not because they tell the truth about their clients.

It is because those who hire such companies have no substantial accomplishments, and are not known for anything they’ve done in life, that they must resort to fanciful reinterpretations of their endeavors, and downright lies to make them seem more than they are.
An individual whose accomplishments are evident need not brag or boast about themselves, nor do they need to publicize what they do. They will be known organically, by their very nature, because eventually who you are, what you are, will be made clear to one and all, whether to your glory or to your shame.

With love in Christ,
Michael Boldea Jr.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Fervent Love Part 4

This idea of a compromising god, this idea of a god which is, at the drop of a hat, more than eager to make any concession we deem necessary, is a god fashioned by compromised men, for compromised men, and has no resemblance or similarity to the one true God, the God of the Bible.

No matter whom we think ourselves to be, no matter the pedigree we boast of and hold in high esteem, no matter the works we have worked, no matter the sermons we have preached, no matter the accolades we’ve received, God will not compromise for our sake.

The thought that God makes concessions, or that He will acquiesce to our whining and complaining is utter folly. Stories told by immature children to other immature children.

Within the framework of such discussions, many are quick to point to David as the go to, although, oddly enough, no one ever seems to point to Uzzah. If we do our due diligence we soon discover that God made no compromises with David, and that He dealt with him justly, but all many seem to remember is that he got away with the whole Bathsheba debacle, even though he really didn’t.

What’s more, you’re not David, and neither am I, and while he was under law, we are under grace, the blood that was spilled on our behalf far more precious than that of goats, lambs, and oxen.

Many a soul have cherry picked their way out of the presence of God, into the deepest of darkness, because rather than submit to the authority of He who was, and is, and is to come, they tried to find loopholes and excuses for their pet sins and vices. Enamored with ourselves as we might be, God doesn’t play favorites, nor does He believe, as many of us tend to do sometimes, that we are indispensable, essential, and necessary to the Kingdom, and as such God will have no choice but to turn a blind eye, swallow bitterly at the lawlessness we practice, but in the end do nothing concerning the matter because He needs us so.

I’ve heard enough people say they were integral to the plan of God, then turned out not to be so integral after all, that I’ve come to realize, each man, to the last is expendable, and as soon as they remove themselves from beneath the covering and the authority of God, as soon as they cease to walk in obedience and humility, God will find another way of bringing His plan to fulfillment.

The thought that we are somehow more special than our fellow man, more special than those we sit next to in church on Sunday, or more special than those we come in contact with on a daily basis, is oddly comforting to some folks. Never once does it cross their minds however, that the person sitting next to them in church is having the exact same thoughts about themselves, thinking themselves somehow special, and preferred in some way or fashion of God.

How we can gloss over the written Word wherein we are told that there is no partiality with God is a mystery I have yet to solve, but just because we think ourselves a certain thing, it does not mean God is beholden to share the selfsame thoughts.

Oddly enough, it is God who likewise says His thoughts are not as our thoughts, but He must have been talking about something else, not about how special we are, because let’s face it, how couldn’t God think that we’re special?

Seriously though, if we put as much effort into seeking after humility as we do thinking we are somehow superior to others, many of us would be much further along in regards to our spiritual maturity than we are at present.

With love in Christ,
Michael Boldea Jr.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Life's Profound Lessons

One cannot plan for life’s profound lessons. There is no way of marking the date on our calendar, of foreseeing when and how and via what circumstance or event our eyes will be opened to a new, as yet undiscovered reality, but throughout our existence, throughout our journey here on earth, we learn, and grow, and mature, and come to understand deeper truths concerning our walk, as well as our relationship with God.

I had just such an experience recently, one I shared with my wife, and which came via our baby girl. Oftentimes it is in the strangest of circumstances that we learn the most profound of truths, and this instance was no exception.

As a friend of mine once said to me, you cannot truly know the love God has for mankind until you become a parent. You cannot truly know the intensity, fervor, and completeness with which God loves until you hold your own child in your arms, look into its eyes, and know that you would gladly lay down your life for theirs, you will work night and day to make sure they have a roof over their heads, and you will do your utmost to be a good example throughout your life so that your child can in turn climb far greater peaks than ever you dreamed.

Recently we’ve been incorporating foods other than mother’s milk in Victoria’s diet, and that led to an unforeseen issue. To put it mildly, she was constipated for a few days, and after day two both her mother and I began to be concerned. When day three rolled around and still nothing in the diaper, we started making plans to go buy suppositories, feed her some prunes, and other things first time parents the world over tend to do.

It was near the tail end of day three that we heard a couple grunts, and the all familiar sound that signaled she had crossed the Rubicon and at long last had a bowel movement.

Both my wife and I were grinning ear to ear, happy and jubilant, until finally I looked at my wife and said, ‘you do realize we’re excited about poop.’

We were over the moon because our child had done something normal, biologically ordinary, something common and routine, something all children the world over do.

She didn’t start doodling algebraic equations with her fingers, she didn’t start playing the piano, she didn’t recite a poem, or even say any specific word…she pooped, and we were elated.

We often think that we have to accomplish some magnificent deed in order for God to be elated. We often think that unless we can add our name to the list of mighty men and women of valor in the Kingdom, then God simply shrugs his shoulders, lifts the velvet rope, and waves us on through to heaven, without really knowing who we are.

God is our heavenly Father, and as a father He gets excited over the little things His children accomplish. God is on our side. He is joyful when we begin to understand the callings to which we have been called, and to walk in them, even though it is a natural function, and something every child of God ought to be doing anyway.

When you really think about it, Job had not done anything extraordinary. He had not called fire down from heaven, he had not put armies to flight, he was simply a blameless and upright man, yet God boasted of him. Granted, there was none like him on earth, but still, as far as accomplishing something goes, Job was just living his life in accordance to the will and precepts of God.

God notices the little things. He is ever engaged in our existence, and even boasts of us when we endeavor to be more like His Son Jesus.
This is the lesson I learned as I stood over my daughter, changing her diaper, and smiling at my wife from ear to ear.

With love in Christ,
Michael Boldea Jr.

Friday, January 2, 2015

The Hardest Part

Sometimes waiting is the hardest part. Man, up until the advent of the social safety net, was wired to try and do his utmost to solve the problems in his path, and overcome the obstacles he was faced with. The math was simple. If you didn’t work you didn’t eat, if you didn’t eat you starved, if you starved you died.

For many it’s not the case so much anymore. Since they know that even if they don’t try there will be a fallback, some entity they can go to for aid, some governmental agency that will step in and help allowing them to bypass hard work, there are many souls who are content with floating through life taking what they can get.

Not wanting to start an entirely new conversation on this topic, I will make the following clarifications forthwith:

I am not referring to those who cannot fend for themselves due to illness or other issues. I am not referring to those who have fallen on hard times and need a little help for a little while until they get back on their feet. I am not referring to those who simply can’t find a job in this economy. I am referring to those who are able bodied, sound of mind, could get work if they wanted, but just choose to take the freebies instead.

This article is not about social ills, or economic unsustainability, however, it is about the mindset of many believers today, who insist, and vehemently so that there’s got to be something they can do in the physical, some way they can prepare, some ethereal three step manner by which they can hedge their bets and be just a bit better off than their neighbor when the hammer drops and the music stops.

I get countless e-mails asking if I think it’s a good idea for people to buy gold, silver, build shelters, store food, stock up on guns and ammunition, and a dozen other things that are reasonable and logical on the surface, but become dangerous crutches when we tend to lean on them rather than the mighty hand of God to carry us through.

Crutches don’t always hold. Sometimes they break, sometimes they slip, and if we were resting the entire weight of our being on that crutch, when it snaps, we will likely tumble as well.

I realize some of you want concrete answers. Some are even very insistent upon it, but telling you what I believe will work for me in the physical and encouraging you to do likewise would be presumptuous and foolhardy of me.

If in your heart you feel led to store up some food, than do so. If in your heart you feel led to purchase precious metals, than do so. Whatever it is that you choose to do however, always keep in mind that these are just precautions that in the end might not aid you in the least.

You may have to flee and leave the food behind; a loaf of bread might be worth more than all the gold you’ve been able to accumulate. There are countless scenarios that can and will play out that we cannot possibly conceive of at this moment in time.

I realize how powerful a need it is for some of us to do something, anything knowing what is coming. I have six month baby girl and a wife to care for. I’ve got skin in the game. I know what you’re going through, but in the end I know that try as I might, in and of myself I can do very little to keep them safe.

Hence the reason I continue to stress the only thing that will truly matter in the days to come, and that is a true, profound, deeply rooted, sincere, and intimate relationship with God.

Once that is established, then and only then will we know that waiting on the Lord is not wasting time, it is not cowardice, it is not refusal to see the world before us as it is, but it is doing what we were commanded to do in His Word.

If you know that you are His, if you know yourself to be redeemed, sanctified, born again, and walking in righteousness, then hard as it might be in the beginning, wait on the Lord, and He will renew your strength. Wait on Him, for He is never late, and He can do in an instant, in a breath, in the blink of an eye, what we could not manage in an entire lifetime, or ten lifetimes for that matter.
I have seen the goodness of the Lord up-close. I have seen His ability to provide, to shelter, to protect, and to comfort far too many times to ever doubt Him, or attempt to minimize what He can do. He is able. He will keep His word. In the year to come, take heart in the knowledge that He is on the throne now and forevermore.

With love in Christ,
Michael Boldea Jr.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Response Take 3

First Comment: 

(These are actually two comments, but I do believe they are from the same individual, and so I’ve pasted them together, so I could answer them both. If they were not from the same individual, I sincerely apologize for the misread. It was not intentional, but as I said, they are in the same vein, and they bring up some good, and worthwhile points we ought to discuss more fully.) 

Could you please reconcile these two statements: 
from this post - "Never once did I intimate or suggest that I would withhold, or otherwise not share anything that I was commanded to share."
and, from the vision of The House That Stood - "I have not released a dream or a vision in two years, and if not for the specific instruction 'tell them' I would have been hesitant in releasing this dream as well. As I explained in a recent radio interview, the reason why I have not released any visions or dreams is because many within the household of faith have become, for lack of a better term, prophecy junkies. At every gathering, at every meetings, there is always the inevitable 'what's the Lord been showing you lately', as though He hasn't shown us enough, or as though His word is not clear enough. I specifically asked permission of God to withhold what He was showing me for a season, and have single-mindedly focused on preaching Christ, and Him crucified wherever I was asked to preach, because our safety, our shelter, and our protection is in Christ Jesus our Lord, Savior and King."
It sounds as if you have asked God to either stop gifting you with these revelations, or to make them for yourself only as you do not wish to reveal them. If this is true, I find it very sad, and a great loss to the Body of Christ. But perhaps the explanation is, that "season" was the 2 years in which you did not release anything, and that "season" is now over. I hope so. 
To your credit, you have not shied away from the topic of persecution and the American church not being exempt. What would be extremely helpful and timely now would be 2 things: practical advice on how to prepare for this, since your family lived through it - and by this I mean things like Wurmbrand wrote about, such as thinking and planning in advance how to maintain an underground church; and - how to prepare ourselves psychologically and spiritually. By this I mean, there are probably Christians in the middle east who, while having their heads sawed off with a dull knife, were thinking - but Lord - You said your angels would bear us up in their hands lest we cast our foot against a stone. You said only with our eyes would we behold the reward of the wicked. You said not to fear. You said if we made you our refuge, no evil would befall us. You said not a hair of our heads would perish. There are other Christians, along with many non-Christians, women and girls taken captive as sex slaves and are suffering so acutely that they have smuggled out messages to the Americans asking to bomb them and put them out of their agony. Is suicide EVER forgivable, in such extreme circumstances as this? There are accounts both in the bible and in modern times of famine so severe that parents butcher and eat their own children, and of people cannibalizing each other. When one has gone mad from hunger, how are these things judged? We are facing some incredibly tough times with tough dilemmas. To me, sincerely repenting of my sins and shortcomings on a daily basis, and trying to walk as honestly and faithfully with God as I can, is easy compared to trying not to fear when I am about to be burned alive, or worse. How DOES one get through times like that? - because they are coming. 

P.S. to my previous comment about severe persecution. Most of us know the verses about it, that all who strive to live Godly in Christ will suffer it; and that the servant is no better than the master; and that the world will hate us. We know the facts of reality, not only what is happening even now in other parts of the world, but that all but one of the apostles died horrible deaths, and that on one day it was God's will to send an angel to physically break shackles and open gates to let Peter out of prison, and on another day, to stand by and let him be martyred. 
What I am asking for help with, is how can we get our minds around these seeming contradictions? If we are not prone to psychological compartmentalization - and by that I mean, able to accept that today one verse is true but not the other, and tomorrow, the opposite - how do we reconcile these things so that our faith can be solid? Are the verses of protection meant for the next life - once in heaven, the enemy cannot touch us? That would make sense, yet those verses of protection and safety are constantly used in reference to this world. Perhaps that is misapplication. I know there have been millions of martyrs and there will be more. Someday I hope to understand that. For now, all I can do is wonder why, since our suffering and our blood saves no one. 

My Response: 

As far as reconciling the two comments, when I wrote, "Never once did I intimate or suggest that I would withhold, or otherwise not share anything that I was commanded to share", it was in reference to the initial post which started this entire discussion.

Have there been moments where I’ve asked God to release me? Yes, there have, and I know to some that sounds anathema, but unless you limp a mile in someone’s shoes, you don’t know what they go through.

God does hold us to account, God does correct us in His grace and love, God does test us frequently, and oftentimes painfully, and having worked with a man who served until his final breath, I know that these tests, these trials, the ongoing battle to remain humble and not allow the enemy any inroads is a lifelong endeavor. Believe me when I tell you it takes its toll, it gets tiresome, and sometimes, when you look back on your life and realize that for the better part of a quarter of a century you’ve been preaching a message that for the most part was either mocked, ridiculed, or went wholly unheard, it gets disheartening.

All I am is human. All my grandfather was, was human. I’m sorry to dispel the myth, but if there is anything worthwhile in me it is not due to my lineage, my heritage, or something I did in and of myself that pushed me to the front of the line. It is all God, His choosing His will, and if I’d had any input or say in the matter, like Moses, I would have pointed out why I am not well suited for the task.

These men and women that to this day suffer, and bleed and die for the cause of Christ, they’re not braver or better built than you or I, they’ve just made peace with the truth that to die is gain and to live is Christ. In a nutshell, that’s what will carry us through it all, but I will endeavor to go a bit deeper into this topic, because I know many believers have a difficult time reconciling certain passages in scripture, especially when it comes to suffering.

On the one hand, we are comforted by the promise that we will be kept and protected, on the other hand we are told we will suffer persecution, and to our minds it doesn’t compute.

The first thing we must do is differentiate between persecution, and suffering the wrath of God together with the world.

The promises of God to His children, the promise of being kept, sheltered, and protected, have to do with the wrath which He will pour out upon the godless.

I do not believe for a second that we will suffer the wrath of God as the world will, I do believe wholeheartedly that in those times we will see the miracles of God, we will see supernatural provision, we will see supernatural protection, and we will see supernatural guidance.

This is why we do not fear. This is why we have hope. This is why we have joy, and peace, and can still retain our sanity knowing what we know is about to descend upon the earth.

How will God provide for me and my family? I have not a clue, but I know He will. I know I will not have to resort to cannibalism, or any of the other hellish things men resort to when they are mad with hunger, because my God is able to keep me, and He promised that He would.

We have enough examples in the Bible wherein God provided supernaturally, protected supernaturally, and kept supernaturally. It’s still the same God, with the same power, and if we don’t believe that He can do for us what He did for those of old, then the issue lies with us, and not with the promises of God.

With that having been said, we were never promised we would be spared persecution.

Why do you think the martyrs of old would go to their deaths singing songs of praise to God? Knowing they would shortly be savaged by wild beasts, or set ablaze after being dipped in tar, or crucified, or beheaded, or stoned, or a hundred other different things, what made them do what they did?

Simply put, they knew of the reward that awaited them. They knew that a martyr’s death received a martyr’s crown, and a martyr’s reward. Not all are called to be martyrs, but if one is so called, they will be given the strength to bring glory to God, even in their final hours.

We all owe a death sooner or later; it is dying well that’s hard for many folks.

Our singular desire is that by our life or by our death we bring glory to God. How does my martyrdom glorify God? I am not Him, therefore I do not yet know, but I am at peace in the knowledge that He does, and if this is the path He chooses for me, then I will walk it joyfully.

Men make much of this present life, even though it is but a breath compared to the life to come.

I know I have not answered all your questions or concerns, how can I possibly, but I do hope I’ve shed a bit more light on the subject, especially the difference between suffering the wrath of God, and suffering persecution as a faithful bondservant of Christ.

Second Comment:

Thank you for posting such a thorough and sincere response. I agree that it seems unreasonable to continually speak forth a supernaturally given message of coming events decades beforehand. However, my brother Dumitru Duduman no longer walks this earth and those given messages are precisely why he’s known in American homes. He is not known in America because he emphasized John 3:16. He is known to me and people around the world because he obeyed God and spoke what he was given to speak and did what he was commanded to do. That’s why there exists the public ministry to which you’re chairman, because of a man who threw out reasoning and obeyed God with what he was given to say and do.
I’ve often recalled your dream in 2003 when the angel declared: “It is not for you to judge the success the message has in the hearts of others. You were called to be a servant, serve.” Daniel 12:9 is fundamental for the true last generation: “Go your way, Daniel, for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end.” There are words the last generation is to expect to be opened and unsealed at the time of the end in the fulfillment of God’s plans and purposes. Jesus said in Matthew 24:14, “And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come.” We have got to obey God no matter what we may consider most important. My friend and brother, perhaps you should re-read Revelation 11 as to what the two witnesses will be doing. It won’t be “Jesus loves you and so do I.” No. God’s wrath is coming and there is no fear in lovers of truth. 

My Response: 

My brother, we can speak of the love of God without diminishing or taking away from the severity of God. We can speak of the grace of God, without diminishing, or taking away from the justice of God.

I was writing in regards to Christmas, or in regards to the celebrating of the birth of Christ. Within that context, it was love that compelled God to send Him, and it was love that compelled Him to walk up the hill, stretch out His arms, and die upon the tree.

A one dimensional God, whether that dimension is all love, all wrath, all grace, or all judgment is dangerous, because we serve a multi-dimensional God, whose love compelled Him to send Jesus, but whose justice compels Him to judge the rebellious and disobedient.

Third Comment:

Michael, I agree with you. If God has a message for your to share, you will share it. If there is a lack of a prophetic message to proclaim, why not edify people with a biblical message? I'm the fellow that met you in Iowa two years ago, that enthusiastically informed you about the Blood Moon Eclipse Theory. Have you reconsidered my words, or do you still feel that God doesn't send those types of signs in the skies?  

 I am the Peter to your Paul. Although I cannot claim the title of fisherman, I can claim the title of simple, and for me some things are just hard to understand. Never discounted, just could not claim understanding when I did not possess it. 

2 Peter 3:14-16, "Therefore, beloved, looking forward to these things, be diligent to be found by Him in peace, without spot and blameless; and account that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation - and also our beloved brother Paul, according to the wisdom given to him, has written you, as also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things, in which are some things hard to understand, which those who are untaught and unstable twist to their own destruction, as they do also the rest of the scriptures."

With love in Christ,
Michael Boldea Jr. 

Monday, December 29, 2014

Response Take 2

First Comment:

I read your response to comments and I don’t understand how someone like you can say ‘Once the message is delivered, however, my task is done’. Just this morning I was reading Joshua 1:5 ‘No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life; as I was with Moses, so I will be with you.’ That doesn’t sound like he handed the Law to his generation and then said ‘I did what I was supposed to do.’ I’m going to love you by saying you are wrong in this and need to return to serving with what you were given, not just posting teachings that have nothing to do with messages you were supernaturally given. 

My Response: 

I’ve known men who have made careers from one or two messages they received, rehashing them endlessly, over and over again, trying to make them fit into every timeline, and pointing to themselves every time anything happened anywhere in the world.

If I have a dream, or receive something new, I am faithful in sharing it, because, as you said, the calling is a lifelong one.

Never once did I intimate or suggest that I would withhold, or otherwise not share anything that I was commanded to share. What I do have an issue with is constantly rehashing, and rewriting about the same thing over and over again, trying to somehow keep my name or myself in the limelight.

With the wonders of the internet, every message that was given is available on the Hand of Help website, where people can read it freely, and even disseminate the messages if they agree not to alter them in any form or fashion.

As such, there is no need for me to come on here and perpetually repeat the same thing over and over again.
With that being said, and I know this will open up another can of worms altogether but I have no choice in the matter, it is far more important for men to know how to enter in, serve God, live righteousness, and walk in the authority of the Holy Spirit, than it is for them to know of any one prophecy, or any one individual who was given a revelation.

This is why I continue to post teachings, this is why I continue to post studies, and this is why I continue to preach the gospel. If the enemy can silence the truth, if the enemy can cause men to stop preaching the risen Christ, the need for holiness, the importance of repentance, and the authority of the believer, than we can know every single thing that will occur until the Lord’s return and it still won’t do us any good.

Ever since I was a young man I’ve believed that the reason my grandfather was given the prophecy for America, and the reason God continues to give us glimpses of what the future holds, is so that when these things occur we will also believe the rest of what God said, namely that He will protect His beloved, that He will be their strong tower, that they have nothing to fear, and that they should be at peace.

If anyone claiming to be a prophet or a man of God does their utmost to constantly keep you in suspense and afraid, robbing you of your peace and your joy, then they are not of God, no matter how much they would like you to believe otherwise.

God said these things were coming, we see them on the horizon, but we must be at peace knowing that He also said that not one hair on your head will perish. 

Second Comment: 

I'm not understanding your blogging through the Hand of Help ministry. Is this a blog just for your personal ministry or do you represent Hand of Help ministry in your blogging? The reason I ask is that when I read your recent blogs and comments people have left, I'm left confused. I read the book Through The Fire Without Burning and the dreams and visions you personally have received on the Hand of Help website, but you write like you want people to not think about that at all. If you have a special calling, why write like those things are simply in the past? From everything I've read in the dreams and visions, you certainly have a special message. This just doesn't seem right. 

My Response:

 I am the chairman of Hand of Help ministries, but the blog is my own personal ministry. Hand of Help chooses to carry my blog on their website, and although I can try to obfuscate with legaleze, I can say with near certainty that my opinions do reflect the opinions of Hand of Help, because my opinions are Biblically based, and scriptural.

I take no issue with people thinking about the prophecies that have been received by our ministry. Especially given the times we are living in, if one has read, or heard of the words my grandfather or myself have been given, you can’t help but think about them.  I do however have a problem when people begin to substitute them in lieu of the Gospel. This is, and always has been my issue, as it was my grandfather’s issue before me, because the message at its heart was not about the judgment or destruction of America, but God’s ability to keep and protect those who would walk in repentance and holiness.

If not for the blessed assurance that God will be with those who are His, what would have been the point in revealing what is about to take place some thirty years ago? If not for the time men have been granted to repent and walk uprightly before their Lord, what would have been the point of being told what would occur?

Knowledge of a thing just for the sake of it, especially when it comes to spiritual matters is pointless, and God does not do pointless things. If He warns, it is to stir to repentance, to give time to prepare, or to ensure His children that if He knew the end from the beginning He also had you in mind through it all.

With love in Christ,
Michael Boldea Jr.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

The Heart of The Matter

I get the feeling sometimes we just like to pick fights. As such, we look for reasons to be offended, we look for contrarian positions, we scratch and scratch until the itch becomes a wound, and when it begins to fester we scratch some more, because there is a disquiet about us that we can’t quite put our finger on. This disquiet is growing more pronounced with each passing day. If you are at all aware of the spiritual climate around you, you will know I speak truth.

Many in today’s hyper speed society have lost the ability to still themselves. They’ve abandoned reason in lieu of self-importance and as such cling to their position, even if it is tangential, obscure, and even irrelevant in the great scheme of things.

I’ve been privy to wars of words between individuals who claim to be brothers in the Lord going on for the better part of a decade, because they could not agree on the exact day that Jesus was born. Mind you, it was not whether or not Jesus is Lord, or whether He was born of a virgin, or whether He was born in a manger, but the specificity of the date…when.

The more time passed, the more heated the arguments became, until accusations of heresy were flung back and forth, as though accusing someone of heresy was comparable to accusing someone of under tipping when dining out.

And so, since opinions vary, and arguments tend to get heated, I will simply offer the following as greeting, something that no one calling themselves a servant of God can dispute, or take umbrage with:

John 3:16-18, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.”

With love in Christ,
Michael Boldea Jr.