Sunday, October 14, 2012

For the Love of Our Country

Today at church our Pastor shared a very important message that had to do with the current state of this country. He quoted the verse in 2 Chronicles 7:14 that says: If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

I don't know about you but to me it does not look like the blessing of the Lord is still on this country it is sliding fast into an economic depression and the only vague glimpses of recovery are mere illusions to keep us from doubting the effectiveness of our current government. This is not an issue that can be resolved just by the right government or the right plan though, there is something much deeper, a law that is set even above the laws of our land that is being violated. According to the blueprint that God lay down for us to follow in His Word, prayer alone isn't going to help our nation. We need to repent and turn from our wicked ways before He will even hear us and then He WILL heal our land. The idea that God will still bless us when we are not serving Him but following the ways of the enemy is a dilution that most of us have bought into, including myself, it takes the responsibility off of our shoulders and lets us justify whatever we would like to do. 1 Timothy 1:9 says: Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners, for unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers.

 I am not trying to hit anyone with the letter of the law but according to this scripture if we participate in any of these sins habitually we by default even just with "a little bit of disobedience," place ourselves back under the letter of the law as opposed to the Spirit of the law which we are called to follow as believers and followers of Jesus Chris which is love. Therefore if we are not walking after love, to receive it from God, to love God and to love others we are placing ourselves under the letter of the law and will be judged accordingly. Luke 10:27 says:
And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself.

I don't know about you but I don't see love as the law of this land. I see parents killing unborn babies because they are inconvenient to them or because they don't measure up to certain standards. I see us being entertained by things that the Word says should not even so much as be mentioned among us including violence and immorality. I see God being cut out of public programs and schools because His truth isn't convenient anymore or somehow He is outdated. How is it possible that a created being could come up with a better way than the one the All Mighty God has set in place? 

Fellow Christians and believers, we need to wake up for the love of a Country that we call home. Job 33:23-24 says: If there be a messenger with him, an interpreter, one among a thousand, to shew unto man his uprightness: Then He is gracious unto him, and saith, Deliver him from going down to the pit: I have found a ransom.

And again in Nehemiah 9:2 And the seed of Israel separated themselves from all strangers, and stood and confessed their sins, and the iniquities of their fathers.
This scripture refers to the time when the Israelites were gathered together in captivity and heard the law and repented to return to God and be loosed from their bondage. 

So as a child of God who cares about my country I personally stand in the gap and repent for the iniquity of my generations: Father I recognize the complacency and passivity of my generations. I recognize our pride in thinking that we knew better than you and our rebellion in trying to follow a way that we thought was right without seeking you're ways. I recognize our hardness of heart and our selfishness where we serve and follow our own desires and lusts rather than yours. I recognize our lack of trust in you in believing what you say is true and turning your truth into a lie. Father please forgive me and my generations and please forgive this nation and have mercy on us. Thank you for your compassion towards us thus far and I pray that for your elects sake, for the sake of your children, that you will turn away the curse of the enemy from this nation. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen.

We need to rally ourselves as believers to each take a stand together for our country. If you believe in this message, humble yourselves and pray too for God's mercy on this land and pass this message on. He cares for us and He truly does want what's best for us but we need to stand with Him and for Him in order for that to even be possible, otherwise we are asking the enemy to "bless" our land instead of Father God. 

For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man; That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, May be able to comprehend with all saints what [is] the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God. Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, Unto him [be] glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen. Epesians 3:14-21

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