Posts Tagged ‘Faith’

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 New Birth of Freedom?

Our nation has just elected our 44th president. People have much expectations of change on their minds.

As I watched some of the inaugural proceedings on television, I was struck by the words – “A new birth of freedom” – extrapolated from President Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg address set forth, presumably, as the theme of the incoming president’s administration.

“Freedom” is a word that, for the most part, has lost it meaning, especially in our politically-correct and relativistic culture.

What do the words – “A new birth of freedom” mean? What is “freedom?” Whatever they mean, if words mean anything, there is no doubt that they at least refer to something that is replacing something else that has either died or is dead. This is what rebirth means.

There are those who speak of freedom as the liberty to do as one pleases. But true liberty is living as one ought, and not as one pleases. Those of us who believe in a Sovereign God who rules over all the affairs of men, also understand that He has set a standard to Whom we are accountable. That standard is embodied in a Person, who Himself is the Truth. He is the One who declared,

I am the way, the TRUTH, and the life.  (John 14:6)

So what is freedom?  Jesus declared that if we would listen to and obey His words, we would

“know the truth, and the truth [would] make [us] free.” (John 8:32)

If truth, according to Jesus, makes us free, what will enslave us? It is logical that if truth liberates, lies enslave.

Jesus links freedom and truth together.  True freedom, therefore, has to do with truth: God’s truth. The “new birth of freedom” we spoke of earlier, therefore, must be based on God’s truth and His perception of reality in order for it to truly liberate as Jesus says. If “freedom” is based on lies it will only enslave even further. The Holy Scriptures declares that there are those who

“promise … freedom, but they themselves are not free.” (2 Peter 2:19 NCV)

They cannot bring true freedom because they themselves are enslaved and living lies.

My prayer is that this new administration’s use of Lincoln’s words (who, by the way, believed the Bible to be God’s word) will be prophetic even though men may misapply and may not even understand the import of Lincoln’s words. I think my hope for this has a biblical precedence played out in the life of another leader referred to in Scripture: Caiaphas, the high priest. He declared, unknowingly and prophetically:

“You don’t realized that it is better for one man to die for the people than for the whole nation to be destroyed.”
(John 11:50 NCV)

The Word of God says that being

“high priest that year, he was really prophesying that Jesus would die for their nation.”
(John 11:51 NCV)

I ask God that this “new birth of freedom” would not be what most people, and President Obama believe it is – a remaking of America. America does not need to be “remade”, it needs a return and a new birth: a return in repentance to God, to His truth and to true freedom by a new birth through faith in Jesus Christ. Without God, a new birth of freedom will issue the same old slaveries of the past. To understand the real meaning of President Lincoln’s words at Gettysburg, we must quote his whole thought,

“… that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom….”
(last sentence in the Gettysburg address)

Lord God, let it be so I ask, in Jesus’ name.
’til next time,

Danny