Romans 13:1-2 – “Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Consequently, he who rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves.” (NIV 1984)
Declaration of Independence – “We hold these truths to be self-evident.”
George Washington – “It is impossible to govern the world without God. It is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the Providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits and humbly implore his protection and favor.”
Abraham Lincoln – “Sir, my concern is not whether God is on our side; my greatest concern is to be on God’s side, for God is always right.”
John F. Kennedy – “With a good conscience our only sure reward, with history the final judge of our deeds, let us go forth to lead the land we love, asking His blessing and His help, but knowing that here on earth God’s work must truly be our own.”
Ronald Reagan – “America was founded by people who believe that God was their rock of safety. I recognize we must be cautious in claiming that God is on our side, but I think it’s all right to keep asking if we’re on His side.”
My Musings – Our country is not perfect. These men, who rose to become its leaders, were not without their flaws. But I would like to think that our nation was established and has been favored by God because of its ideals and the shared sentiments of men like these and the citizens they led. My hope is that it would grow even stronger in these convictions. My fear is that they are rapidly crumbling.
My Advice – Acknowledge God.
Psalm 145:18 – The LORD is near to all who call on him. (NIV 1984)
My Musings – At times, He seems distant to me, most likely because I have distanced myself from Him, not because He does not want to be close to me. At times, my prayers seem to go no further than the ceiling, but that does not mean that He is not listening. At times, I feel so empty of Him, but that does not mean His Spirit has departed from me.
My Advice – If you feel the same at times, ask yourself what I ask myself – “who moved?” Like the prodigal, we may have fallen, but we can “fall back.” We can return. Like the prodigal’s Father He’s watching for our return.
Romans 13:1-2 – Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Consequently, he who rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves. (NIV 1984)
In Congress, July 4, 1776 – The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America, When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, Continue reading “Revolutionary Declarations”
Micah 4:2-4 – He will teach us his ways, so that we may walk in his paths. The law will go out from Zion, the word of the LORD from Jerusalem. He will judge between many peoples and will settle disputes for strong nations far and wide. They will beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation will not take up sword against nation, nor will they train for war anymore. Every man will sit under his own vine and under his own fig tree, and no one will make them afraid, for the LORD Almighty has spoken. (NIV 1978)
My Musing – This is a picture of a tee shirt that was shared by a friend on Facebook following the tragedy in Parkland, Florida this past week. It did not go without comment by another friend, which suggested a somewhat opposing view. I typically shy away from commenting on issues that can be socially or politically charged, especially on social media, because they generally do not change anyone’s mind and often result in merely fanning the flames. I also value the friendship of both. Nevertheless, here are my two cents worth. Continue reading “Dealing With The Spider”
2 Chronicles 7:14 – If my people, who are called by my name, will 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. (NIV 1978)
Recipe for Revival – A revival is a period of renewed religious attention, interest and popularity. The word revival infers that something is dead or dying. Religious or Christian revival presupposes that the Church and its environment are in desperate need of a fresh breath of God’s Spirit to awaken it from its slumber.
- If – Indicates that something must happen before another thing can happen. that something is not certain. It could happen or not happen.
- My people, called by My Name – People that God has taken to Himself as a possession and having dominion over. The people who are responsible for carrying out the Great Commission.
- Will humble themselves – Not proud, haughty, arrogant or assertive. Reflecting, expressing, or offered in a spirit of deference or submission. Unpretentious.
- Pray – To speak to God especially in order to give thanks, to ask for something or repent.
- Seek My Face – To go in search of, to look for, to try to discover.
- Turn – To cause (something) to face an opposite or different direction.
- From Wicked Ways – Morally that which is very bad or evil.
The Results Are Extraordinary
- God will hear.
- God will forgive.
- God will heal.
My Musing – It would seem that the cure of society’s ills is dependent (if) upon the revival (humble, pray, seek, turn) of the Church (people called by HIs name).
My Advice – I am reminded of a verse from a song that was popular in my youth. “it only takes a spark, to get a fire going. And soon all in its reach, are warmed up by its glowing.” The Church body has many members. Individually, we can all be that spark of revival, that spreads to the whole body. Then soon, all those in our reach (the “society” we like to blame for the condition of the world), can be warmed up by our glowing. Jesus told us we were the light of the world. Let’s start shining brighter and drive away the darkness.