Psalm 29:6-7 NLT
Praise the LORD!
For He has heard my cry for mercy.
The LORD is my strength and shield.
I trust Him with all my heart.
He helps me, and my heart is filled with joy.
I burst out in songs of Thanksgiving.
Honestly, current events convince me more than ever that we are living in the end times. I am stunned at how far the enemy has come to overtaking our nation in such a short time.
Or has it truly been short?
Looking back over the past several decades, let’s look at a time when there was all-out lawless chaos in our country. After the Vietnam War we lost three great leaders to assassination (President Kennedy, presidential candidate Robert Kennedy, and Martin Luther King). Rioters looted and burned down major parts of Los Angeles and other cities in the name of social injustice. History repeats.
Jerry Falwell then formed the Moral Majority in 1979. It was headquartered in Lynchburg, Virginia (my ancestral roots). I appreciate the success of the Moral Majority to rally Christians behind support of morality in our nation a lot more now than I did in the 1980s. I was Oh-SO young then and easily swept into protesting the ESTABLISHMENT. Of course hindsight is 20/20, but it looks now as if dissolving this morality movement after the Reagan presidency was a mistake. The thinking of the time was that once Christians were shown the social/political impact they could have in molding the nation for good; they would hold the course in support of moral decency in our society. Sadly, that has not been the case.
Without going into details of just how far our morals have sunk in America, who would argue that he or she feels safer now than forty years ago? Division has deadly consequences; for Jesus said,
“How can Satan cast out Satan? If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand.” ~ Mark 3:23b-25
He was explaining to the multitude how if the pendulum of evil swings away from God (our Strong Man) too far, then thieves can plunder His house; because the Strong Man (Our God) has been bound (taking away Our Defender) who fights our battles against evil for us.
“No one can enter a strong man’s house and plunder his goods, unless he first binds the strong man. And then he will plunder his house.” ~Mark 3: 27
“What then shall we say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?” ~ Romans 8:31
God’s Word is true. Therefore, the opposite is also true.
I pray that Americans repent and turn back to God, so that He will heal our land. Otherwise, Satan reigns free when we give him the okay to break into our house.
This is important stuff, and I welcome your views in the comments. In the meantime, I continue to pray for our land specifically to repent, turn to God, and stand up for His goodness in love and unity as a nation. He never lies. He says in His Word that He will heal our land if we listen to Him and obey Him.
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“For the mountains may move and the hills disappear, but even then my faithful love for you will remain. My covenant of blessing will never be broken,” says the LORD, who has mercy on you. ~ Isaiah 54:10
Fear seems to be ruling many hearts these days. People are afraid of viral infection and the possibilities of grave illness or death; loss of jobs, savings, homes, or other possessions. Fear of going out; fear of staying in; fear of government over-reach, and the list goes on. One person told me that she lies awake at night worrying about losing family members to the coronavirus. What does God’s Word say to this? Continue reading
So Paul, standing before the council, addressed them as follows:
“Men of Athens, I notice that you are very religious in every way, for as I was walking along I saw your many shrines. And one of your altars had this inscription on it: ‘To an Unknown God.’
This God, whom you worship without knowing, is the one I’m telling you about. He is the God who made the world and everything in it.”
~ Acts 17:22-24a NLT
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GOD BLESS AMERICA! We have prayer proclamations going around our nation from the White House to Governor Mansions. We have live prayer and hope on social media and television. Is this the new normal? Continue reading
Today I see a world shaken.
Today I see men scrambling.
Confusion and terror reign over the land.
The mighty fear a tiny foe,
And hide from each other,
Behind strips of cloth – A worthless defense.
Has Hope really fled?
Science is aghast.
Hearts are torn
From fear and dread
As we count the dead.
~ Me in Quarantine
But as for me, I will sing about Your power.
Each morning I will sing with joy about Your unfailing love.
For You have been my refuge, a place of safety when I am in distress.
O my Strength, to You I sing praises, for You, O God, are my refuge,
the God who shows me unfailing love. ~ Psalm 59:16-17 NLT
In the midst of the current COVID-19 pandemic, my personal story of our family’s survival of the 1957-1958 Asian Flu comes to mind. Continue reading
Tomorrow (Sunday) is a National Day of Prayer established by our President Trump. There is much to pray for in times like these. I hope that our nation will come together and bend the knee to our Heavenly Father; Who is quick to forgive, to save, and to bless those who come to Him in prayer.
First of all, thanks to President Trump for his courageous leadership that reminds our people to pray for each other and the nation. Prayer has always been an integral part of God’s blessings on any nation. We have endured many wars during our nation’s history, and from humble beginnings to the present Covid-19 national crisis, prayer has been the mainstay of our nation’s very existence.
- It is an honorable thing to pray for our national leaders; for God’s guidance, safety, and blessing upon them and their families as they serve their countrymen.
- Prayers unite us in asking for God’s mercy upon The United States and other nations of the world to eradicate the Covid-19 spread.
- Prayers for those stricken with illness, or loss of any kind currently and in the days ahead; safety and peace without panic.
So find that secret place where there are no distractions and just open your heart to God. He hears. Share any feelings of fear with Him so He may shelter you with His peace.
He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.” ~ Psalms 91: 1-2 NKJV
Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, ~ 1 Timothy 2: 1-3 NKJV
Remind them to be subject to rulers and authorities, to obey, to be ready for every good work, to speak evil of no one, to be peaceable, gentle, showing all humility to all men. ~ Titus 3: 1-2 NKJV
Praying now LORD: for healing of the sick; for endurance and wisdom for the caregivers, doctors, and nurses. We take authority over illness, of viruses, lack, famine, or any other plague which may come against our nation or the magnificent world of Your creation – in the powerful Name of Jesus. May this nation of diverse peoples bend toward You as we come together in repentance and love for one another in the face of adversity. May we remember You with trembling and seek mercy in the True Light of Your Salvation – Our Messiah, Jesus. Amen.
Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. ~ 1 Thessalonians 5: 16-18 NKJV
For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. ~ 2Timothy 1:7 NKJV