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Daily Devotional for Saturday July 4, 2020
Happy 244 years United States!!!
***DAILY PERSONAL PRAYER FOR YOU: Dear Lord, help me to focus on the fact that while as a nation and people we operate in a political infrastructure, the answers for our nation are not political but spiritual! Only through the Gospel transforming lives can this nation once again rise up and be the GOD BLESSED land we once were. Help us Lord to not be distracted by the “noise” of the political world, but stay focused on the one and only answer for our land, turning back to Almighty God and HIS Truth!!! In the name of Jesus…AMEN!!!
***THE DAILY LIVEPRAYER TV NUGGET: As we celebrate the 244th birthday of our nation, there is a SMALL PERCENTAGE of people who want to see our National Anthem...done away with, our great American Flag...done away with, and yes, even the celebration of our nation’s birth...done away with!!! Of course your initial thought is these people are crazy and it will never happen. However, as the days and weeks go by, as this noise swells, you start to think to yourself that maybe you are wrong. NO MY FRIEND, YOU ARE NOT WRONG...YOU ARE RIGHT!!! It was less than 5% of our nation who over the course of about 20 years mainstreamed, normalized, and made culturally acceptable the sin of homosexuality and legalized same-sex marriage, a gross perversion of God’s Holy Institution of Marriage! Today, if you speak out against this sin or this perversion of marriage it is YOU who is the bigot, the hate-monger, and the one who is wrong! How did that happen? Simple. That small minority never stopped working, they created the impression they were not 5% of the country but more than 50% with the help of the media and entertainment complex who amplified their message. THAT IS EXACTLY WHAT IS HAPPENING TODAY!!! Oh, there was one more very critical piece to this puzzle that made it possible for the still small minority of those who choose to engage in the sin of homosexuality and same-sex marriage to become acceptable...and that was the silence of the majority. The less than 5% successfully bullied the other 95% into silence!!! MY FRIEND, THAT IS EXACTLY WHAT IS HAPPENING TODAY!!! IT IS A SMALL MINORITY OF PEOPLE WHO WANT TO DO AWAY WITH THE NATIONAL ANTHEM, THE FLAG, THE 4TH OF JULY, AND THEY CAN’T EVEN GET TO FIRST BASE IF YOU SPEAK UP!!! THEY CAN ONLY SUCCEED IF YOU REMAIN SILENT...SO SPEAK UP...LOUD AND PROUD AS DID OUR FOREFATHERS!!!
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Happy 244 years United States!!!
God makes it clear in His Word that it is no accident who our rulers are, that it is God who puts those rulers in office and God who takes them out of office. We are to honor, respect, and pray for those God has placed in authority over us. Some may find this hard. Praying for our enemies is hard too, but that is what the Bible tells us to do. It was the example our Lord gave us on the cross as He forgave those who nailed him to that tree.
Do you realize that it was God who allowed Adolph Hitler to rise to power? It was God who allowed the Emperors of Rome to hold office. Never forget, the New Testament was written under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit during the time Rome was in power and there was mass persecution of Christians. Yet God clearly calls us to pray for our leaders.
We have many problems in the United States today. Most of those problems like health care, immigration, the economy, and crime are all in the news and will be debated at length in the coming weeks, months, and years. However, these are logistical, practical problems. The real problems we face in this country are spiritual.
The practical application for your life today is this: Whatever problems you are facing in your life are NOT the real problems. Your finances may be a major issue today. Addiction to alcohol, drugs, gambling, or sex may be a major battle you are fighting. Your marriage may be in trouble. There may be health issues you are being confronted with. All of these issues, my friend, are surface problems, practical day-to-day real life issues we have to deal with. But the real problems in your life, just like the real problems in this country, are SPIRITUAL.
Anyone with common sense can look back on the brief history of the United States and see the Biblical principles upon which it was founded and set up to operate under. There can be no doubt that the greatness of this country, in spite of its very young age compared to countries in the rest of the world, are because of this personal relationship with God and His Word.
The problems we face today are because we have forgotten God, tossed His Word to the side, and decided to do it "our way". No more prayer in school. The legalized killing of millions of babies every year. God's plan for the family perverted. Bold and shameless marketing. Easy access to every kind of sin imaginable.
Our great country, founded on Biblical principles, has misappropriated the freedoms God gave us. We have used our free will to consciously ignore God and to turn our back on Him. God gave us the ability to make that choice. But never forget there are consequences for our choices. There are consequences for rebelling against God.
This country has lived off of the obedience to God of our forefathers. We have enjoyed the blessings of their faithfulness. Unfortunately, the legacy we will leave to our children and grandchildren, should Jesus tarry, will be the consequences of our rebellion to God and His Word.
2 Chronicles 7:14 says, "if My people, who are called by My name, will humble themselves and pray, and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from Heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land."
Deuteronomy 8:19 says, "If you ever forget the Lord your God and follow other gods and worship and bow down to them, I testify against you today that you will surely be destroyed."
It is not too late. However, we need spiritual leaders, who under the power of the Holy Spirit, will call the people of this great land to repentance. IT IS NOT THE JOB OF THE POLITICIANS TO DO THIS. It is the job of the spiritual leaders and only a spiritual revival will solve the real problems of this country.
God is saying to those leaders today, to you pastors, to you who have been given a position of leadership, to those who have been blessed with a national and international platform..."quit building a kingdom to yourself and focus on building My kingdom...My people are perishing for lack of knowledge...give them the knowledge and lead them out of the darkness and into the light...come down from your self-built ivory tower that has been lavishly made with the blessings I have bestowed upon you...and feed my sheep...then LEAD my sheep...thus sayeth the Lord God of Israel...."
My friend, I love you and care about you. The relevance this word has for your life today is that the same problem this country has is your problem. You are focused on the external problems in your life, when the real problems are spiritual. Focus on that side of your life. Get back to the basics. Pray daily. Read the Word daily. Get in church. Find ways to serve God. Set your spiritual base, since everything in your life and who you are flows from there. As you solidify your spiritual base, you will find the day-to-day problems easier to handle.
I am praying for you. I am praying that just as this country needs a spiritual revival, you have a spiritual revival in your own life. That is the answer to building the foundation on which your life is built. The answer to the problems of this nation is the spiritual foundation we are on. Liveprayer is one of God's answers to leading this nation back to God and His Truth!!!
In His love and service,
Your friend and brother in Christ,