"Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen."
Something we all have in common is our sin. That is at the core root of all of this world's problems. Think about it; if you break it down, pride, selfishness, greed, unthankfulness, lust, prejudice - these are the roots of so many issues, and I've only named a few sins! Jesus breaks it down even more in 1 John 2:16:
"For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world."
Please do not be discouarged by those who are rebelling against God. Teach. Educate this world about Jesus, because to be honest, so many do not know Him. Some don't even know who He is, and those who know who He is don't KNOW Him. He's life. He's truth. He's the way to peace and forgiveness. He's love. He's the bread of life. He's the living water. He's our loving Shepherd and our loving Heavenly Father. And yes, He's a consuming fire. Fear Him with reverence and awe, and show Him you love Him by using your talents in service, pouring your heart out in adoration and words of praise, giving your time, talent and treasure to Him, spending time with Him, just like we like from someone we love (see the book The Five Love Languages).
Folks, it's not over yet. Don't give up on America. Our hope as Christians has never been in Washington DC. It's always been in Jesus Christ. He is still on the throne! As we close in on the 4th of July celebrations, let's be people that our Lord Jesus Christ can count on to STAND in the gap, to NOT REBEL against Him, but to LIVE our lives the way God meant us to live them. Praise the Lord, we CAN! He will empower us. I was thinking this morning about the fact that I do feel fear and discouragement more times than I'd like to admit, but you know what I realize? It's not my strength that I need! All I need of my own strength is to let go and submit to God. Keep my focus on the Lord, and let Him use me as a vessel of honor for Him. I'm not perfect, and thankfully He knows that! He knows my lackings, but He made me who I am, and when I think, "Will He use me?" The answer is inevitably "Yes", if I'm willing! I don't want to get in His way, I want to be someone who will help.
Think about when you are in charge of a project. You want people who aren't trying to show off or rebel, but people who are willing to use what they can contribute for the good of the project. Well, if saving the world is Jesus' project, then let's do the same.
"Show me, Lord, what you will have me to do. I'm your girl [or boy, depending on who you are!]; please use me for your honor and glory. Provide the time and the financial resources, and I will use my talent. Please stengthen my talents and abilities so I can do an even better job for you. I know I can't do this in my own strength, so I will rely on you and your power. Together we will be unstoppable, not because I am great, but because you are. I am in agreement with your burden for this world, and I want to make a difference here, now, right where I am. I commit my life to you to use me as you desire, for your purpose, and for your glory, not mine. I love you, Lord. To whom much is given, much is required, and I thank you for those people in my life who have invested in me spiritually. The right thing to do is to give back, just as those trained in the medical profession, for example, are expected to give back to other healthcare providers and train them because they were kindly trained. So it is the right thing for me to train others spiritually. But Lord, I'm not doing this out of obligation, although I do have a responsibility to do so. I am motivated by my sincere love for you, for the Saviour who loved me first, who gave Himself for me. You took the first step. You promised to come. Better yet, you actually came! Thanks so much for actually coming. So many people let us down, but you didn't, and for that I am so thankful. Thank you that you want to use me. If you are scanning the earth to find someone whom you can count on to stand in the gap for you, please choose me as one you can count on. I love you, and I don't want to let you down. You're my friend. I want you to be able to count on me to rely on you, and together we can do great and mighty things. Thank you for using me. In Jesus' name, Amen."
These are the words the Lord gave me for a song to sing on Patriotic Sunday. This song will be included in my next album, "Sold Out! for God, Family & Country." I hope this will be an encouragement to you.
In liberating strife.
Who more than self their country loved
And mercy more than life!
May God thy gold refine
Till all success be nobleness
And every gain divine!
Proverbs 14:34: "Righteousness exalteth a