There is a big difference between “A Finished Life” and “The Finished Life”.
The word “A” implies that there could be one of many. “A” is also a non-descriptive article. There is in fact, only one “Finished Life”, and that Life is Jesus – Our Yeshua Messiah; and His life was far from nondescript! Continue reading →
““Has a nation [ever] changed gods Even though they were not gods [but merely man-made objects]? But My people have exchanged their Glory (the true God) For that [man-made idol] which does not benefit [them].”
JEREMIAH 2:11 AMP
How sad to recall, and admit, that our great country has done this. Canada was founded on the Word of God, with the leaders serving God. Laws were set according to God’s Word.
Through the early years, even until the mid 20th century or so, Prayer was said in schools daily.
Then the radical shift came in where prayer was abandoned, even the pledge of allegiance to our country, Canada, was abandoned.
Government moved in a way, saying they are the ones who will meet the needs of the people. But as we know, they cannot do what God is able to do.
What an unpopular subject! Warning a nation that has run amok:
Thus says the Lord God: “Repent, turn away from your idols, and turn your faces away from all your abominations.” ~ Ezekiel 14:6b NKJV
“The word of the Lord came again to me, saying: “Son of Man, when a land sins against Me by persistent unfaithfulness, I will stretch out My hand against it; I will cut off its supply of bread, send famine on it, and cut off man and beast from it…” ~ Ezekiel 14:12-13 NKJV
“And I will set My face against them. They will go out from one fire, but another fire shall devour them. Then you will know that I am the Lord, when I set My face against them. Thus I will make the land desolate, because they have persisted in unfaithfulness,” says the Lord God. ~ Ezekiel 15:7-8 NKJV
No matter how much God loved His people, Israel, He eventually had to turn them over to their own depraved lusts and rebellious minds.
What about America? Does any of this apply to our nation? Despite what is currently taught in our public schools and universities, I believe our nation was founded on the same Biblical laws set down by Almighty God for His covenant people, the Israelites. As long as our people held God in esteem as a nation, I believe we were blessed with God’s favor on many fronts; plentiful natural resources, educational and technological advancements, wars won, and a per capita quality of life that leads the world. Our Constitution and Bill of Rights guarantee individual freedoms (including religious freedoms) that are second to none. Many nations around the globe have copied our national model.
So why, after this much blessing, does our nation turn its back on God? Just look at the ancient history of Israel for the answer. It is all there in the Old Testament. Israel turned away from God to worship idols and practiced abominable acts such as child sacrifice to those idols. Legalized abortion in the United States is just as abominable or more so in the sight of God. Our abortion laws have caused more loss of life than Israel’s child sacrifice to the idol Molech in ancient times – over 60 million since 1973 Roe vs. Wade, according to U.S. Abortion Clock.org.
Don’t be deceived. God doesn’t change. He pleads with His children to repent and turn back to Him before it is too late. Now is the time to repent as a nation and humbly seek forgiveness. This requires a change of heart at the leadership level. Yes, God punishes the people of a rebellious nation by the actions of its leaders.
Take 1 Chronicles, Chapter 21 for example: King David decided to take a census of all of his subjects (actually, just the men). This angered the LORD, who gave David three choices of punishments. David chose what he must have thought was the lesser, of three days of death across the land. God sent a plague that killed 70,000 Israelites. God showed mercy and stopped His angel of death just prior to wiping out the City of Jerusalem in order to give David a chance to repent.
How many chances has He given us?
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.” ~ Proverbs 3:5-6 NKJV
Otherwise, according to Wisdom in Proverbs 1:27b-30:
“When distress and anguish come upon you, then they will call on me, but I will not answer; They will seek me diligently, but they will not find me. Because they hated knowledge, and did not choose the fear of the LORD, They would have none of my counsel and despised my every rebuke.” ~ NKJV
Open the heavens, Lord, and come down. Touch the mountains so they billow smoke. Hurl your lightning bolts and scatter your enemies! Shoot your arrows and confuse them! Reach down from heaven and rescue me; rescue me from deep waters, ~ Psalm 144:5-7a NLT
Prayer for America – Reach Down, Lord:
“May our sons flourish in their youth like well-nutured plants. May our daughters be like graceful pillars, carved to beautify a palace. May our barns be filled with crops of every kind. May the flocks in our fields multiply by the thousands, even tens of thousands, and may our oxen be loaded down with produce. May there be no enemy breaking through our walls, no going into captivity, no cries of alarm in our town squares. Yes, joyful are those who live like this! Joyful indeed are those whose God is the Lord.” ~ Psalm 144:12-15 NLT
“Praise the Lord! Let all that I am praise the Lord! I will praise the Lord as long as I live. I will sing praises to my God with my dying breath. Don’t put your confidence in powerful people; there is no help for you there. When they breathe their last, they return to the earth, and all their plans die with them.” ~ Psalm 146:1-4 NLT
“May our people repent and turn back to You with humble hearts so that You will reach down, O Lord. We need Your Holy Presence now. In Your Powerful Name Jesus, thank You. Amen.”
I was searching through a box of old photos a few days ago and noticed my dad’s wallet nestled down between photo albums.
“What’s in Your Wallet, Dad?” I wondered, as I gingerly picked it up and looked inside.
It’s been decades since I last explored the contents of his wallet; and frankly, I had never been able to get past the family photo contents without tearing up and closing it. But on this day, I slid my finger behind his old driver’s license and pulled out this card:
It stopped me for a second… “Good for you, Dad! Ever the Lord’s witness, you carried this gospel tract in your wallet. How many times did you pull out your wallet and show this witness card to someone?”
Now, forty years later, I believe that God wanted me to notice Dad’s wallet and be curious enough to investigate further. This side of Heaven, I will never know; but as we commemorate the resurrection of Jesus this Sunday, I’m sharing this card. A Living Hope has been tucked away in Dad’s wallet for half a century… safe, and preserved… and I am thankful for the opportunity to shed light and ask,
What’s in Your Wallet?
“Thank you, Lord, for the mysterious and wondrous workings of Your Holy Spirit and how You move so powerfully and purposefully throughout the earth to bring the hearts of men back to you. Woo us, Father God, through the Good News that Jesus loved us so much; that He gave His life for our redemption and broke free of the bonds of death – giving us A Living Hope. Stir us up and revive us again, Lord, to proclaim Your Gift of Grace, Jesus Our Messiah, to the world. In His Matchless, Powerful Name, Amen.”
So where is A Living Hope now?
In my wallet, of course.
Happy Resurrection Day!
Tribute to Good News Publishers for its tracts publishing ministry. I was unable to determine if the publisher at Westchester, Illinois, is the same one as the Good News Publishers of Wheaton, Illinois, that later published the ESV Bible. Here is a link to the history of the founders of that great tracts publishing ministry at Crossway.org.