Archive for the ‘Prayer’ Category

NO PROBLEM TOO BIG

We don’t have to look too far to know that our nation is in trouble today.  We are facing more troubles today than I’ve seen in my lifetime.  We face issues that are causing the very foundation of our country to crumble.  Our moral and spiritual roots are further decaying and drying up; the economy is devastated, family life is disintegrating, and political forces are at savage odds and almost totally distrusted by the people.

In these anxious times, it can be tempting to believe that America has reached a point of no return.  And while this can cause despair, we are reminded in God’s Holy Word that with Him, nothing is impossible and that there is an antidote for this anxious age.  It connects us to the greatest source of peace, hope, and security that we could ever imagine.  The cure is the remarkable gift from our loving and merciful God.  It’s called prayer.  Through our faithfulness in prayer, there is no problem too big, no hardship too great, and no nation too powerful for Him to handle.  And because we serve a God of great mercy and compassion, we know that He stands ready to respond to our cries out of the abundance of His divine wisdom.

President Lincoln once proclaimed that our nation should set apart a day for national prayer to confess our sins and transgression in sorrow,

yet with assured hope that genuine repentance will lead to mercy and pardon … announced in the Holy Scriptures and proven by all history, that those nations only are blessed whose God is the Lord.

His concern for the nation’s spiritual well-being led him to say,

We have grown in numbers, wealth and power as no other nation has ever grown.  But we have forgotten God; and we have vainly imagined in the deceitfulness of our own hearts, that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own.  Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self-sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to the God who made us!  It behooves us, then, to humble ourselves, to confess our national sins, and to pray for clemency and forgiveness.

Mankind’s future has always been uncertain.  Since the days of Noah and his family, Moses and the nation of Israel, the persecuted early Church, the Pilgrims, and America’s founding fathers, the answer for people facing adversity has always been the same:  Almighty God.

Our founding fathers were not perfect men, but many of them did have one thing in common, they acknowledged God and His role in the affairs of men.  Benjamin Franklin at the Constitutional Convention in 1787 said,

I have lived, sir, a long time, and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth: that God governs in the affairs of men.  And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without His [God’s] notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without His aid?

If an empire cannot rise without God’s aid, can it continue without it?  Simply put, there is no security apart from Him.  Ben Franklin went on to say,

I, therefore, … move that henceforth prayers imploring the assistance of Heaven, and its blessings on our deliberations, be held in this Assembly every morning before we proceed to business ….

Are you ready to renew or increase your commitment to prayer?  Do you want contentment in your heart and peace in your world?  God’s call to the prophet Jeremiah, is our call today:

Call to me and I will answer you.  (Jer. 33:3)

Prayer will change your life, the lives around you, and even the course of history.
Remember, the National Day of Prayer is Thursday, May 6, 2010.  Join believer’s all over this great nation in praying that we, as a nation, would return to God.  Let us do so in genuine faith, believing that He hears our prayers.  God can heal this great land, for which our forefathers fought and died.  We need a spiritual renewal, we need a spiritual revival in America, and we need each and everyone to pray.

’til next time,

Danny

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A Time of Reformation

Now Is The Time

We want to make it clear to you, Your Majesty, that we will never serve your gods or worship [what you] have set up.”  Daniel 3:18 (NLT)

This time in Daniel’s life and in the life of the people of God was a time a great turmoil.  But unbeknownst to them, it was also the time of great opportunity for God’s people because God was moving forth His plan of the ages.

We are at a crossroads in America. 

Great ideological, political, social and spiritual changes are here.  The God of our Fathers, the God of the Bible, for the most part has been replaced in the hearts and minds of the American people.  We have, as a people, rejected the principle and godly values that made this country great.  However, there is still a remnant here who have not bow the knee to the false gods of modernism: spiritual and principled men and women of God who have not, and will not, bow before the rotting gods of the popular culture and the secular progressives.

The Church of Jesus Christ – all born again believers – have an appointment with divine destiny.  The scriptures declare that

those who stay courageously loyal to their God will take a strong stand.  (Daniel 11:32b  MSG Bible). 

All others will surely get swept away in the apostasy of the end time as recorded by Paul, the apostle in 1 Timothy 4:1 (NLT)

Now the Holy Spirit tells us clearly that in the last times some will turn away from the true faith; they will follow deceptive spirits and teachings that come from demons.

Today some so-called “leaders” in the emergent church are so enamored with having recognition by the world that they are compromising biblical truth for a more “socially-correct” position of “understanding” concerning moral issues.  I call on discerning leaders in the emergent church movement to withdraw from and denounce these leaders as Paul did and heed his command (apostolic authority) to

… rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith.

The Episcopal church for years has allowed “debate” concerning homosexuals in the ministry and has recently been torn apart as a denomination because of this “debate” to gain “understanding”.  No good can come from compromising God’s word and opening a debate to further understand.  The truth is, if God approves it, it’s approved; if God’s condemns it, it’s condemned.  Period.  End of discussion.  That stand is “bigoted” in the popular culture, but it’s acceptable in God’s sight.

The church must begin again to speak out and be the conscience of the nation and the critics of all that is evil.  We must call evil what it is and resist the flattery that will come to

those who betray the holy covenant [of God].  (Daniel 11:32a  MSG Bible)

We are will either crave to be accepted by those around us, or with a passionate love, turn them to righteousness.

The choice is ours.  The opportunity is now before us. 

What will you do?

’til next time

Danny

He Will Save Us

“They set up kings without my consent; they choose princes without my approval … they make idols for …
their own destruction.”  
Hosea 8:4 NIV

Can there be any doubt that we are living in the last days?  These are the days of which the Holy Spirit expressly warns believers would be perilous before the return of our Lord Jesus Christ. (2 Tim. 3:1)

When politicians run on the idea that they will fix government; that they are the answer to America’s ills, we must be that much more determined to seek the Lord our God, whom Holy Scripture says is “our Judge … our Lawgiver … our King” because it is He who “will save us.” (Isa. 33:22 NKJV)  And although we have been entrusted with the right and privilege of voting for our civil leaders, we must not enter the voting booth before we’ve spent time in our prayer room.

The Lord warned His people through the prophet, Hosea, that choosing leaders according to their own ideas and preferences, without consulting Him was a sure recipe for disaster.  To make idols (whether of silver, or gold, or of people) for themselves was to move toward destruction.

This is a sober time for America and a wake up call for the True Church of the Living God to humble ourselves, pray, seek God’s face and turn from any wicked way in us that is making us part of the problem instead of the solution.  We are called to be the salt of the earth and the light of the world.  We cannot – and must not – lose our commitment and loyalty to our King: the Lord Jesus Christ, ruler of heaven and earth.

We, who are bible-believing Christians, must never, by our vote, help “set up [rulers] without [His] consent” nor “choose [leaders] without [His] approval.”  Hosea tells us that there are rulers that God’s people can “set up” and “choose” that do not have His “approval.”  We must petition the Lord God to grant us a leader that He approves of to serve this nation.  We dare not vote in this election without serious prayer and with a full sense of faith and conviction that God is guiding our steps.  We dare not vote for any individual that would set aside the law of God and teaches others to do the same for such is the counsel of God’s Word. (Matthew 5:19)

In less than 30 days, we will be electing the next president of this nation.  May we seek grace from heaven, be informed on where those seeking office stand, repent for ourselves and our nation and trust the Holy Spirit within to confirm God’s consent and approval.  May we be willing to set aside all idols that may be consuming our life and commit ourselves to the True and Living God.

While we may belong to a political party and even subscribe to a political ideology, our ultimate allegiance is not to any particular party, candidate, or political platform, but to our only Lord and Sovereign King: the Lord Jesus Christ and His word.  “He will save us.” (Isa. 33:22)

’til next time,

Danny