““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.
As we approach Resurrection Day in memory of Jesus Christ’s victory over death, the Book of John includes a message about the days of Christ’s appearing after His resurrection. Simply, the Apostle John states his reason for writing the gospel book about Jesus:
30The disciples saw Jesus do many other miraculous signs in addition to the ones recorded in this book. 31But these are written so that you may continue to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing in Him you will have life by the Power of His Name. ~ John 20:30-31 NLT
In these verses it seems that John is making sure that the salvation message of Christ Our Redeemer is understood – We have Life by the Power of His Name! That is the same power that broke Jesus free of the tomb!
The next Chapter (21) of the Book of John records the famous “Feed My Sheep” message from Jesus to Simon Peter. As Jesus is waiting for his disciples to come to shore after fishing all night, it becomes clear there was no catch. At dawn, Jesus appears to His disciples for the third time since His resurrection and begins to speak to the crew. If we only copy the text containing Jesus’s words in verses 5-19:
“Fellows, have you caught any fish?”
Then He said, “Throw out your net on the right-hand side of the boat, and you’ll get some!”
(Of course, the net immediately filled with fish. The boat is about one hundred yards from shore and Peter jumps out, rushing to Jesus on the shore. Amazingly, when Peter gets there, Jesus already has a meal of fish and bread cooked over an open fire!)
“Bring some of the fish you’ve just caught,”
“Now come and have some breakfast!”
Is it possible that Jesus is giving us a picture of what His Great Commission Plan should look like?
Hmmmm… catch some fish…
by sharing the Truth…
He promises we will certainly experience a harvest of souls…
and then bring them to Him for a big breakfast that He already prepared ahead of time…
The marriage supper of the Lamb?
Wow! By the Power of His Name! (Not our power)
Later in the same chapter Jesus asks if Peter loves Him three times; in which case Peter responds that he does. Jesus says,
“Feed My lambs”
“Take care of My sheep”
“Feed My Sheep.”
Then Jesus explains what it’s going to cost Peter to be an evangelist for Christ. Sadly, Peter will be crucified.
18”I tell you the truth, when you were young, you were able to do as you liked; you dressed yourself and went wherever you wanted to go. But when you are old, you will stretch out your hands and others will dress you and take you where you want to go.”19Jesus said this to let him know by what kind of death he would glorify God. Then Jesus told him, “Follow Me.” ~ John 21:18-19
“Father God, we pray for Your children who have suffered and given all to spread the message of Christ’s crucifixion on the cross to save the world from sin. We also glorify Your Holy Name that Jesus arose from the grave and is alive today! What a glorious testimony to all who will listen and repent of sin. Thank you, Jesus, for loving us while we were yet sinners. Thank You for giving us The Gift of Life by the Power of Your Name if we repent and follow You. AMEN.”
I thought, “I have survived the worst that life can throw at me.”
But that was before I experienced the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do. As I sat at my brother’s bedside; holding his hand to my cheek, he slipped into eternity.
That was one month ago. Every day my brother’s last words play over and over in my mind:
“I love you, Sherron,” he declared.
And, “I’m going straight to Jesus!” until he did.
Now the hardest thing I face each day is … each day.
I love you, brother, like no other.
I yearn to give you a hug.
God blessed me when He gave me you –
Just you; I have no other.
Though I held your hand, it was no use. You slipped away.
I’m left wondering, how long until we meet again
In that age of timelessness?
This is the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do.
I am lost without you.
I love you brother, like no other.
Like no other…
Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank You that my brother has victory in Christ over death and the grave. He is joyfully dancing in heaven with our dad; they are both completely healed and free of cancer forever. Hallelujah!! Glory to Your Holy Spirit for giving strength, comfort, and hope to family and friends. I respect the wisdom of Your will that took him to Your heavenly home where he is now ageless, painless, and living the abundant life that You originally intended for us all. Thank You for Your grace that, by the blood of Jesus, our separation is only temporary. Maranatha, Jesus! Maranatha!
Forever, O Lord, thy Word is settled in heaven. ~ Psalm 119:89 KJV
Thy Word is true from the beginning: and every one of Thy righteous judgments endureth forever. ~ Psalm 119:160 KJV
Special blessings, Lord, to the family member who recently shared Your Word:
Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints. ~ Psalm 116:15 KJV