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Canada: Remembering Your Identity at 150

Happy 150th Birthday Canada!

Happy Birthday Canada!

Today as we mark and celebrate your 150th year as an identified nation, I am thankful.

Even though many today will eat, drink and be merry because of the freedom you provide, I reflect on who you’ve become and I am a bit saddened; as I’m not sure you remember who you are.

Before you were formed, you were inhabited by many tribes and civilizations for thousands of years. These original people were spiritual people, caring people who had rich culture and family beliefs that enabled them to care for each other, the land and the animals that roamed your vast geography. What made you strong was not your tribal diversity, but your unity and harmony with all that was created to sustain life.

It was this harmony that was broken when other groups, of explorers, came and found a rich and prosperous land; which they immediately loved and decided to claim as their own.

It was this selfishness that displaced and or killed many of the original people, culminating in a seven-year war leaving what is now the Province of Quebec, divided into Upper and Lower Canada.

Eventually, these two colonies would reunify and in 1867 join with two other colonies – New Brunswick and Nova Scotia – and that is when you were “born.”

The original peoples would be pushed aside for many years, but nonetheless, you were born and had many great ideals and qualities which would eventually recognize the harm done to these original peoples.

Some of them were my ancestors along with those who gave you birth, so I am grateful.

I am Métis, and I hear many people mock you, Canada, for not having an identity, but I guess it’s not your fault.

In your acceptance of many, you often forget who we are and thus you are unable to relate your identity to others. Sometimes the clarity others have in who they are, causes you to diminish who you are, opting to accept being labelled as a “melting pot.”

No! You are more than a melting pot.

Though you just turned 150, as a distinct nation called Canada, your culture and ideals are thousands of years old.

In fact, it’s because of who you are, that many nations can co-exist within your great borders; in unity and harmony.

While many homelands falter and crumble under tyranny, selfishness, joblessness, oppression and war; Canada, you open your arms and welcome them in and say “you can start again with new hope and make your home here with us; Canadians.” However, there are still some who seek to undermine your core family values and morality, and as such you need to remember and stay committed to who you are.

A reminder of who you are

  • A spiritual people
    • Both the original peoples and our “Founding Fathers” recognized a power great than themselves
    • The Founding Fathers, thought it fit, to write scripture on our parliament buildings, and derive its name (The Dominion of Canada) from Psalm 72
    • Our national anthem reminds us to seek Him for protection and to keep our land glorious and free
    • Our Charter of Rights and Freedoms acknowledges Him as sovereign – It’s an old-fashion word that means supreme ruler / above all things
  • A welcoming, loving and peaceful people
    • Sometimes to our own detriment, we love, but I guess that’s why it’s love and not a right or reward
    • Today the number of nations who find their home here in relative harmony is a testimony to that
    • These ideals are from scripture and are exemplified by a God who sent His only begotten Son, Jesus, to save a people who forgot who they were – John 3:16
  • A generous people
    • When the first colonies began to develop, the original peoples helped them through the tough winters – our Thanksgiving holiday is a reminder of that
  • A forgiving people
    • It took many decades, but the original peoples of this land are being recognized – we still have a long way to go
    • Let’s continue to forgive and right the many wrongs

Canada, today I remind you of who you are. Don’t forget that you are loved by God who is sovereign and His standards are what made you.

Prayer:

Our Father, who is in heaven, we honour you and ask you to keep Canada glorious and free. Allow your true and unfailing love – some would say “patriot love” – to be a guide and a reminder of what makes Canada the true north strong and free. Touch every heart and mind, from sea to shining sea, with your holy spirit. Amen.

Historical Election Day in Canada

1 Timothy 2:1-4 (NLT)

(1) I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them.
(2) Pray this way for kings [leaders] and all who are in authority so that we can live peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity.
(3) This is good and pleases God our Savior,
(4) who wants everyone to be saved and to understand the truth.

From scandal to scandal, war upon war, we see the world is in a steady decline. Leaders take for granted their positions and abuse their power, refugees abound, satanic religious sects perpetrate genocide, while here at home, in North America, there is a crisis of fatherlessness, selfishness, violence, immorality and an overall lack of restraint. Whatever evil we imagine, we make into law to justify our waywardness.

Today, more than ever it is important to prayerfully pick leaders who are accountable not only to the people, but to God. Those who have a moral backbone and live with integrity. Leaders who understand that liberty is not found in liberalism or an “anything goes” mentality, but in uprightness and constraint.

As a people we need to think about Canada and not just our individual, selfish desires, because the future of this nation, and the world we leave for the next generation, will be directly impacted. Don’t cast your vote today just for the sake of casting a vote. Think about it, PRAY about it.

Do you want a better Canada with strong values or a broke Canada that is morally corrupt?

The Canada I want is one that is glorious and free. I pray you want the same.

Make no mistake about it, October 19, 2015 will be an historical election day in Canada. Let us pray.

Prayer: Father in heaven, your creation is groaning for peace and rest from the tyranny and effects of bad leadership around the globe. Lord, speak to the hearts of your people in this nation, that they will not be rash, fickle or selfish in their choice for a leader. Instead, show them who it is that you will bless and use to keep this nation rooted in your principles of truth, righteousness, love and acceptance. I pray this in the mighty and matchless name of Jesus the Christ. Amen.

God Keep Our Land Glorious and Free

It’s Canada Day and as I was reflecting on how I feel about Canada, the country of my birth, I can say with sincerity there is no place I’d rather be. I love Canada!

I am proud to be Canadian and feel honoured, that so many people would leave their home countries to find a “better life” here in Canada. Even people from places we would consider to be paradise, with palm trees, oceans, beaches, sunshine and temperatures always in the double digits…sigh!…come to Canada the great white north. Selah.

Although Canada has made mistakes lately with same-sex marriage laws, the inappropriate sex-ed curriculum and the parading of gay pride; Canada still has over 95% of it’s population that hasn’t bowed to the devil and still seeks to live as God intended…man and woman / husband and wife. Individual “rights” will never stamp out or overcome righteousness so…

…Happy Birthday Canada! May you continue to seek TRUTH and PEACE.

Look to the heavens oh ye people, from where your help comes from, and remember the name of this great country, Dominion of Canada, comes from Psalm 72.

Christianity and God is Canada’s foundation. God’s spirit and sovereignty is woven into the fabric of our Canadian flag, the lyrics of our anthem, the preamble of our Charter of Rights and Freedoms and therefore I rejoice and give testimony of our great God for creating such a great nation. This can never be undone because Canada would cease to exist and all the gains of the LGBT would be lost. How wonderful is our God who works all things to the good. Hallelujah!

I encourage you to read the whole chapter of Psalm 72 and know that God is still in control and will keep our land glorious and free as long as we stand on guard.

So today, I stand and declare Psalm 72:18-19:

(18) Praise be to the Lord God, the God of [Canada], who alone does marvelous deeds.
(19) Praise be to his glorious name forever; may the whole earth be filled with his glory. Amen and Amen.

Back to School!

2 Timothy 2:15 (KJV)

Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

As I reflected on what today’s message would be the Lord took me to my favourite scripture as noted above. The significance of this scripture cannot be overstated, especially with the world in such turmoil today.

Now more than ever it’s vital that we know what we believe and whose approval we’re vying for.

There are many deceivers in the world and in the “church”. Some such deceivers are calling themselves the “returned Christ” while at the same time saying they’re the anti-Christ. This is one of the more obvious deceptions as “anti” means against and the bible is clear that the anti-Christ is against Christ. It’s not possible to be the returning King while at the same time being the anti-Christ (the devil). Yet many people are following falsehoods like this to the point of having 666 tattooed onto their bodies (I’ll do a message on 666 soon – leave me a comment if you’re interested in what the Lord showed me).

I’m sure I  don’t need to remind you of all the conflict and confusion in the middle-east, the Ebola outbreak and the various natural phenomenon happening around the world…even our summer was affected (tongue-in-cheek – JK – just kidding – sort of).

In any event, let us press into God’s Word more and pray as we send our children back to schools that are filled with God haters and lovers of self.

Prayer: Father as the children of this great nation of Canada head back to school, protect them and keep them safe as the devil is roaming about seeking whom he may devour. May the Christians in their classrooms identify and speak out against falsehood and declare your truth to their peers. May we as parents lead by example to study and know your truth. Empower us with your Holy Spirit to stand up and defend the gospel. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Jesus vs Jihad

Matthew 5:43-44 (NLT)

(43) Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy.
(44) But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;

Those are the words of Jesus and for some reason the Lord has had me in the beatitudes (Matthew chapters 5, 6 and 7) a lot this year.

In any event, when this topic came to me earlier in the year, we didn’t have the crises in Iraq, Russia and Ukraine and around the globe. Planes weren’t being shot out of the sky and Ebola wasn’t in the news headlines; so I feel the timing for this message is now.

My goal is to show the way to find peace no matter what evil is taking place around the globe. In fact, I was thinking about attending a protest downtown, but after speaking to my wife and reflecting on what the scriptures say (2 Chronicles 7:14), the Lord spoke and said, “prayer and truth are the only ways to combat evil and bring peace.”

So let’s look at some truths. Prayer will follow.

Jihad (taken from wikipedia)

Jihad, an Islamic term, is a religious duty of Muslims. In Arabic, the word jihād translates as a noun meaning “struggle” or “resisting“. A person engaged in jihad is called a mujahid; the plural is mujahideen.

Muslims and scholars do not all agree on its definition.

Within the context of the classical Islam, particularly the Shiah beliefs, it refers to struggle against those who do not believe in the Islamic God (Allah) and do not acknowledge the submission to Muslims,[6] and so is often translated as “Holy War“.

Jesus (Matthew 11:28-30 – NLT)

(28) Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.
(29) Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
(30) For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.”

Notice how Jesus speaks of peace and rest and how Islam speaks of struggle and war. Also notice that Muslims can’t agree on its definition which leaves it open to extremist interpretations. The Bible is clear and in it there is full agreement on the ways of God and peace.

So here is my point. Peace comes first from within. Jesus said it this way in John 14:27 (KJV).

Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

Prayer: Dear Lord Jesus, thank you for your truth and peace. Thank you that you have shown us the way. Lord reveal yourself to the Islamic extremists and those who commit atrocities around the world. Just like you revealed yourself to Saul, who was persecuting and killing Christians. Speak to those who fight against your people and open their eyes to the truth of who you are. Amen.

Be Ready

Matthew 24:44

Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.

First; even though I’ve only quoted one scripture, please read the entire chapter and reflect on the events that are happening around the world today.

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Okay. now that you’re scared (tongue in cheek), I want you to know that I’m not trying to be like others who talk about the “end-times”. I’m also not trying to imitate other “false prophets” who have tried to predict the end of the world. I’m here to bring to light what they’ve all somehow missed from Matthew 24:36 – something Jesus, a true prophet, said himself…

But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only

The fact is, predictions get people all worked up, sells books and gets great TV ratings and Satan loves this because, for the majority of people, it distracts them away from the point Jesus was trying to make. The point, and the title of this post is BE READY (in season and out of season).

So I’ll leave you with this simple question: If Jesus were to come in the next hour, are you confident that you’re ready?

Prayer: Father, help me to identify where I’ve been unfaithful and un-prayerful (new word). Remind me to keep watch in prayer over my spirit and the life you’ve placed within me. Amen.

Declarations Over Oppression and Depression

I was given this prayer by a new friend, from Brampton, and thought I’d share it with you all.

I am established in righteousness and I am far from oppression and the enemy will not take my inheritance through oppression.

I rule over my oppressors, I rebuke and cast out all spirits of affliction, sorrow and anything attempting to bring me low in the name of Jesus.

Pastor Wallace Vantull

Wallace received these words of encouragement while in prayer and the Lord showed him the following scriptures from which the declarations were formed:

  • Isaiah 54:14
  • Ezekiel 46:18
  • Psalm 14:2
  • Psalm 107:39

 

O Canada

This Canada Day, I took some time to reflect and remember that what makes Canada so great is its Christian Heritage.

Yes, you’ve heard it right!

From Canada’s formation, name and national anthem, faith in Jesus Christ and God, has been the thread that knits it together and the anchor that holds it together.

Canada’s National Anthem

  • Originally written for the 1880 ceremony of Saint Jean-Baptiste Day by poet and judge Sir Adolphe-Basile Routhier
    • If you’re not sure who Saint Jean Baptiste was, he was the cousin of Jesus and the one who ‘baptised’ Jesus into his ministry, as written in the gospels of Luke 1, Matthew 3, Mark 1, John 1
  • Sir Adolphe-Basile Routhier grew up in a Christian home and his mother had wanted him to become a priest
  • Sir Adolphe-Basile Routhier held beliefs in papal authority, and was a Conservative who ran in several federal elections, but was never elected
  • Robert Stanley Weir translated Routhier’s poem into an English version which was used as a de facto anthem since 1939 – read the full version of Weirs version of Canada’s National Anthem here
  • Canada’s anthem was revised a couple of times and in 1980 received royal assent (approval from the Queen) to become the official anthem on Dominion Day – July 1 of the same year
  • Dominion Day? What’s that? It’s a good segue into our next section…

Canada’s Official Name

  • What we call Canada Day was originally called Dominion Day stemming from Canada’s official name
  • The official name of Canada is The Dominion of Canada which came about during the formation of Canada when Quebec, Ontario, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia came together in 1867.
  • Sir. Leonard Tilley of New Brunswick was inspired by Psalm 72:8 when he suggested the term, Dominion of Canada, in 1864 during early confederation discussions
  • Psalm 72:8 reads – “He shall have dominion also from sea to sea, and from the river unto the ends of the earth.”
    • Although David wrote this about his natural son, it’s commonly stated by Theologians that David also wrote prophetically about Jesus – so the “He shall have dominion” also speaks to God’s divine plan as Father and his Son Jesus who would rule and reign on the earth as written in Revelation 20 and 21
  • The word Dominion is written in our Constitution and is part of our heritage.

Our Constitution and Chart of Rights and Freedoms

Unfortunately, the original intent and beliefs of our founding fathers have been watered down through more powers given to the courts rather than the conscience of the Constitution. Even still, at the chagrin of Trudeau, the faith and foundation of Canada was written into the Charter as a preamble that reads:

  • Whereas Canada is founded upon principles that recognize the supremacy of God and the rule of law

Today when you hear or sing Canada’s National anthem remember to ‘stand on guard’ for the faith that makes/made Canada a great nation. As the scripture says in Ephesians 6.

Ephesians 6:13-16

13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;

15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;

16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.

Happy Canada Day!

The Importance of Prayer and Praying Right

1 John 5:14

And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us:

Today, June 29, 2014 marks the start of Ramadan which is one of the most holy periods in the Islamic faith. Ramadan is a 30 day period of prayer, fasting, self-examination, charity. The reading of the entire Quran is encouraged and fighting is not allowed. It is a time of increased religious devotion.

My question today is; have you ever been to a church that did 30 days of prayer and fasting ANNUALLY? I can’t say I’ve heard of any except one, so it doesn’t surprise me that the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, a foreign policy think-tank, has determined that Islam is the fastest growing religion in the world.

I’m not here to condemn Islam, but to impress upon you the importance of prayer. In fact, Jesus expected his followers to pray and to pray right. We’re not supposed to pray for temporal things, but spiritual prayers – prayers pertaining to the Kingdom of God.

For example, when the disciples asked Jesus to teach them how to pray Jesus replied, “After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.” (Matthew 6:9-10)

Many times we pray all kinds of worldly prayers, more money, better jobs, etc., and most often they’re not even close to being in God’s will. James 4 says, we ask (pray) amiss and thus don’t receive from God.

As our first scripture says, we can have confidence in knowing that if we pray in God’s will, he will hear us and by extension we will have what we pray for.

If you’re not sure how to pray in God’s will, look into His word or pray in the Holy Spirit, because the Holy Spirit will only pray the will of God. Romans 8:26 says it this way:

Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.

If your prayer life is not where you would like it to be, the Apostle Paul has over 80 prayers in the New Testament. All of them are in the will of God so it’s safe to use them verbatim. I’ll leave you with three prayers that I believe every Christian should be praying:

  1. Ephesians 1:15-23
  2. Ephesians 3:14-19
  3. 2 Thessalonians 3:1-2

Pride

Proverbs 16:18

(18) Pride goes before destruction, and haughtiness before a fall.

Today June 28, 2014 the LGBTQ Community is holding their annual “Gay Pride Parade” and it’s quite ironic that they would call it that.

You see, from the beginning pride has been the downfall of God’s creation. Satan, the most prideful of all, thought he could take the place of God and in the end was banished from God’s presence and sent to earth with a third of his rebellious followers.

Pride can also come in a more subtle form as we see in the Garden of Eden; where Adam and Eve, who didn’t consult God or adhere to his word, allowed Satan to convince them to eat the forbidden fruit.

Today the same pride is in the church, where we have all knowledge, but little understanding of the gospel. We don’t seek God for his wisdom which he provides freely and without limit. We go about doing our own thing and living anyway we like purporting to be Christian.

James 1:5

If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking.

What’s worse is we have people encouraging and teaching others to do the things which are not permitted by God, just like Satan did in the garden. It’s a subtle deception masked in words like, anti-bullying, acceptance and diversity.

Romans 1:21-27

 21 Yes, they knew God, but they wouldn’t worship him as God or even give him thanks. And they began to think up foolish ideas of what God was like. As a result, their minds became dark and confused. 22 Claiming to be wise, they instead became utter fools.23 And instead of worshiping the glorious, ever-living God, they worshiped idols made to look like mere people and birds and animals and reptiles.

24 So God abandoned them to do whatever shameful things their hearts desired. As a result, they did vile and degrading things with each other’s bodies. 25 They traded the truth about God for a lie. So they worshiped and served the things God created instead of the Creator himself, who is worthy of eternal praise! Amen. 26 That is why God abandoned them to their shameful desires. Even the women turned against the natural way to have sex and instead indulged in sex with each other. 27 And the men, instead of having normal sexual relations with women, burned with lust for each other. Men did shameful things with other men, and as a result of this sin, they suffered within themselves the penalty they deserved.

The scriptures are very clear. We are to love one another, but we’re also supposed to exhort, rebuke and disciple others in the truth. Some may be offended by the scriptures and say those who preach it are homophobic, but what they can’t say is that their homosexual practices are right or natural. Yes, they may have been born with homosexual tendencies, but it still doesn’t make it right. I’ll expand on that in another post.

Christians, don’t take my strong stance as justification to hate or judge. Rather, use it to show love and patience to anyone else who lacks an understanding of our faith and God. 

Prayer: Father, we sin without even knowing and are prideful without understanding. Forgive me Lord for not seeking your wisdom and being disobedient to your word. Today I humble myself before your throne and ask that you show me how to share the truth in a loving way. You said that there will be some who will take offence, but that we are to count it a blessing to be persecuted for your name’s sake. Father enlighten all those who read this post and let them know that you are a loving God who makes a way where there seems to be no way. I love you for your truth. Help me to walk in your truth. Amen.