Iâ€™m looking at my brother-in-Christ Brian Wardâ€™s new and improved website Boogai.net and reading the headlines there is not a means of starting your week off on a positive note (at least not all of the headlines). The Obama Administration has once again misused the executive orders powers to bring more tyranny to government. The State of California has laid off 32,000 teachers but can somehow afford to spend 3.2 billion (as in â€œBâ€) dollars on a new high-speed rail line. And the government has put more employees out of work through new regulatory burdens. Blue, blue Monday.
But Brian would tell you that we need not despair. You see Brian is not only the owner and proprietor of this excellent website, but more importantly he is a pastor who knows of and preaches about the sovereignty of Almighty God. And at our church we are doing a study on Nehemiah and Nehemiah understood who God was, even amongst the most trying times:
â€œYou alone are the Lord; You have made heaven, the heaven of heavens, with all their host, the earth and everything on it, the seas and all that is in them, and You preserve them all. The host of heaven worships You.â€ (Nehemiah 9:6)
Beloved, the hype and hysteria of the election season is getting ready to really ramp up. September will be here before you know it and candidates and newswires will be predicting the downfall of our nation. While I do believe that we are on the precipice of America making a most serious decision about its future, that decision will not be made inside a voting booth. It will be made inside of the hearts of the voters. We have a bigger decision to make than who will represent us in this next election. Our big decision is whom are we going to follow:
â€œOh, love the Lord, all you His saints! For the Lord preserves the faithful, and fully repays the proud person. Be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart, all you who hope in the Lord.â€ (Psalm 31:23-24)
Would to God that we as a nation would once again seek the wisdom of God instead of man. King Solomon, the greatest ruler to ever live, understood the value and source of wisdom, the type of wisdom that sustains a nation:
â€œYes, if you cry out for discernment, and lift up your voice for understanding, if you seek her as silver, and search for her as for hidden treasures; then you will understand the fear of the Lord, and find the knowledge of God. For the Lord gives wisdom; from His mouth come knowledge and understanding; He stores up sound wisdom for the upright; He is a shield to those who walk uprightly; He guards the paths of justice, and preserves the way of His saints. Then you will understand righteousness and justice, equity and every good path.â€ (Proverbs 2:3-9)
In his inaugural address, newly sworn in President George Washington spoke these words:
â€œSuch being the impressions under which I have, in obedience to the public summons, repaired to the present station, it would be peculiarly improper to omit, in this first official act, my fervent supplications to that Almighty Being who rules over the universe, who presides in the councils of nations and whose providential aids can supply every human defect, that His benediction may consecrate to the liberties and happiness of the people of the United States a Government instituted by themselves for these essential purposes; and may enable every instrument employed in its administration to execute with success, the functions allotted to his charge.â€
President Washington was saying that without calling upon God in Heaven for strength and guidance, Whom would set aside and protect our liberties and happiness, our government will not successfully execute its mission or function properly. Now you can say that George Washington was a deist and he wasnâ€™t necessarily talking about the God of the Bible. You could say that only from a position of ignorance or intellectual dishonesty.
Dear Christian patriots, if we do not seek righteousness individually, then how can we expect it of our churches? And if our churches do not seek righteousness corporately, then how can we expect it of our communities? And if our cities and states do not seek righteousness communally, then how can we expect it nationally?
â€œRighteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people.â€ (Proverbs 14:34)
So I will start with me…is there any unconfessed sin in my life Lord? Show me, break me over my sinfulness. Forgive me Lord and cleanse me from all unrighteousness. Dear Jesus, make me holy as You are holy. Lord our nation needs revival; it needs to turn back to You oh God, and it needs to do so individually.
Let it begin with me Lord.
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