“I consider it completely unimportant who in the party will vote, or how: but what is important is this – who will count the votes, and how.” Joseph Stalin
A tactic developed during the Cold War is where KGB or CIA agents, in orchestrating a coup d’état, would release false polling data prior to a rigged election so that citizens would be less inclined to challenge the fraudulent results.
Lyndon Baines Johnson
U.S. Senator from Texas 1949-1960
36th President 1963-1969
In 1948, LBJ ran for Senate again. On election night, September 2, 1948, in the Democrat Primary runoff against former Texas Governor Coke Stevenson, it appeared LBJ lost.
Mysteriously, a box of uncounted ballots was “discovered” in the south Texas town of Alice in Jim Wells County, Precinct 13. Confusion reigned in Texas, and by the end of the week, LBJ won the election.
The new totals showed 202 additional voters, some of whom were deceased and buried in the local cemetery or were absent from the county on election day. These voters “lined up” in alphabetical order at the last minute, signed in the same blue ink in the same handwriting, and cast their ballots for LBJ.
1954 – The Johnson Amendment – Section 501(c)3 prevented tax-exempt organizations from participating in “any political campaign on behalf of any candidate for public office.”
“Denying tax-exempt status to not only those people who influence legislation but also to those who intervene in any political campaign on behalf of any candidate for any public office.” LBJ
THREE BATTLES THAT EVERY CHRISTIAN WILL FIGHT
THE SPIRITUAL BATTLE
1 PETER 5:8-9 “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world.”
BATTLES CHANGE, BUT THE OBJECTIVE REMAINS THE SAME
YOUR MIND IS THE PRIMARY BATTLEFIELD OF THE ENEMY
2 Corinthians 10:3-5 “For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.”
THE BATTLE TO LIVE IN GOD’S PRESENCE
Psalm 16:11 “You make known to me the path of life; in Your Presence, there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” (ESV)
Exodus 33:14 “My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.”(ESV)
2 Corinthians 2:11 “Lest Satan should take advantage of us; for we are not ignorant of his devices.”
Dr. Caroline Leaf “…toxic thoughts—such as stress, worry, fear, anger, and unforgiveness—actually cause damage to the brain. Chemicals are released into the brain, causing chaos and damage. Those toxic thoughts can cause a loss of sleep or of the ability to do your job right, physical illness, and more.”
THE BATTLE TO EXCEL IN HOPE
Isaiah 26:3 “You will keep in perfect and constant peace the one whose mind is steadfast [that is, committed and focused on You—in both inclination and character] Because he trusts and takes refuge in You [with hope and confident expectation]. (AMP)
God is the one who “keeps” you in perfect and constant peace
You are the one who is to have a steadfast mind
Choose to “trust” and “take refuge” in God
Live with Expectation