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Can Christians Save America From Decline?

Melk Abbey Sanctuary

Sanctuary in Melk, Austria Benedictine Abbey

When Solomon’s temple was ready to be dedicated to Yahweh, singers cloted in fine linen, with cymbals, harps and lyres, stood east of the altar, and 120 priests blew trumpets in unison with the singers glorifying Yahweh. When they praised God, and said, “He indeed is good for His lovingkindness is everlasting,” the temple filled with a cloud, the glory of Yaweh.

In his prayers of praise, Solomon also acknowledged that the Israelites would sin against the Lord, and he asked that when they repented, God would hear their prayers and bless them.

For seven days, the Israelites observed the dedication of the altar and feasted. They praised the Lord and sacrificed 22,000 oxen and 120,000 sheep during the dedication.

Then, God appeared to Solomon and told him that He had heard his prayer of dedication and had chosen Solomon’s temple as a place for Himself and as a house of sacrifice.

When I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or command the locust to devour the land, or send pestilence among my people, if my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land. Now my eyes will be open and my ears attentive to the prayer that is made in this place. 2 Chronicles 7:13-15

This was a conditional promise of God to Israel. Yet, Christians have been grafted into the heritage of God’s chosen people, the Israelites. This is a promise that Christians, God’s people, can count on.

America was founded as a nation under God. God’s people live here. As Solomon prayed, and as Daniel prayed, I pray,

We have sinned, we have acted perversely and wickedly;  2 Chronicles 6:37

The future of America depends upon God’s people. We can turn America around.

What must we do?
  1. We must humble ourselves. We must bow before the Lord our Maker in submission.
  2. We must pray. We must pray for forgiveness, for America’s leaders, for revival, for wisdom.
  3. We must seek the face of God. We must return to His Word and seek to know Him. We must return to our first love of Jesus
  4. We must turn from our wicked ways. We must examine ourselves, and turn from our fascination of the things of this world.
What will happen?
  1. God will hear from heaven.
  2. God will forgive our sin.
  3. God will heal America.

That’s a promise. It’s up to the Christians in America.

Do you believe God’s promise?

My prayer

Lord God Almighty, You are the God of Your people. Turn our hearts toward You in a mighty way. Father, America has sinned. We have turned from You. Forgive us I pray. Holy Spirit, bring a great revival and awakening to America. Ignite our love and zeal for Your Word. Magnify Your Word, and heal our land.

Will you join me in humbling prayer, seeking the Lord and turning from our sin?

Divine Applause … A Review

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Jeff Anderson shares personal stories to illustrate his relationship with an “invisible God” in Divine Applause. Anderson’s focus is upon getting God’s attention and catching “buzzer shot” moments with God, those special moments when we recognize that God was at work in our lives and the lives of others.

Instead of using the Bible as it is written, Anderson adds to it when it makes a better story. He creates the name “Steve” for Abraham’s “Chief of Staff.” “Steve” is charged with going to Abraham’s home to find a wife for Isaac. Since Abraham’s servant is not referred to as Eleazar in Genesis 24, Anderson rightly asserts that we cannot assume that this servant is Eleazar. So, Anderson names the servant “Steve.” Anderson tells us that Steve’s “buzzer shot” was when Rebekah gave him a drink from the well and then watered his camels.

Anderson writes,

God is interested in you, and He’s waiting for you to engage in a real walk with Him. The basic ingredients of the Christian journey are simple but were never intended to be dull. Maybe that’s why Steve’s story, and so many others in the Bible, jolt us into looking up and expecting more in our relationship with God. p. 54

Anderson claims that Jesus gave us secret ingredients to connect with God and “notice Him noticing us” in Matthew 6.  Giving, praying, and fasting are Anderson’s ingredients to wait on God’s notice.

Anderson uses his experience as an earthly father to understand his relationship with his Heavenly Father who is invisible to him. Unlike Anderson, I see God throughout His creation, and feel His presence as He surrounds me and is within me.

Jesus told the disciples, “lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Matthew 28: 20 In addition, we are the temple of the Holy Spirit, 1 Corinthians 6:19. Our Heavenly Father notices His children constantly, unlike earthly fathers. It is God’s children who do not notice Him.

“Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you.” James 4:8

Anderson is focused upon getting God to notice him and getting God to give Anderson signs that God notices him.

I wonder how God would respond.

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

My prayer

Heavenly Father, thank You for surrounding us with Your presence. Help us to notice You in everything we do. Help us to get our eyes off of ourselves and upon You. We love You, Lord; teach us to draw near to You.

Is God your strength? Sing for Joy!

Calla Lilies
Sing for joy to God our strength;
Shout joyfully to the God of Jacob.
Raise a song, strike the timbrel,
The sweet sounding lyre with the harp.
Blow the trumpet at the new moon,
At the full moon, on our feast day. Psalm 81:1-3
Father, the God of our ancestors, the God of the Israelites, I praise You. I lift my voice towards heaven, and sing You a new melody. I clap my hands and lift my hands. You alone created the marvelous light. You hung the moon and the stars in the heavens to light our darkness. We set aside a feast day to celebrate what You have done for us.
Indeed, when we waited upon You, You said:
You called in trouble and I rescued you;
I answered you in the hiding place of thunder Psalm 81:7
You led the Israelites by the hand into the Promised Land, and You lead Your children, Your followers today into the promises You have for us.
Thank You for Your steadfast faithfulness, lovingkindness and Your own dear Son, Jesus, the Messiah.
Sing for joy to God our strength!
Share the joy … tell the readers how God is leading you.

Are you waiting on the Lord?

Eagle small
Do you not know? Have you not heard?
The Everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth
Does not become weary or tired.
His understanding is inscrutable.
He gives strength to the weary,
And to him who lacks might He increases power.
Though youths grow weary and tired,
And vigorous young men stumble badly,
Yet those who wait for the LORD
Will gain new strength;
They will mount up with wings like eagles,
They will run and not get tired,
They will walk and not become weary. Isaiah 40:28-31
To wait for the LORD, Yahweh, means to look for expectantly, to lie in wait. It’s an active waiting.
Throughout the Bible, followers of God waited upon Him to act.
Joshua and his warriors walked around the walls of Jericho for seven days. They stared at the problem, the walls and the soldiers watching them from atop the walls. They walked in silence and waited upon the Lord. The seventh time around the walls on the seventh day, God acted, and the walls tumbled down.
Joseph waited upon the Lord in the pit, in Potiphar’s house, in the prison, and in the palace. God brought Joseph’s family to him and saved a country, in His time.
The disciples waited in an upper room for the power of the Holy Spirit. Fifty days after Jesus rose, the Holy Spirit rested upon the disciples, and 3,000 souls were saved.
Waiting upon the LORD produces results we cannot accomplish in our own might. We gain new strength; we soar above our problems; we run as Elijah ran without fatigue; and we walk through the valley of the shadow of death and do not become weary.
Are you waiting upon the LORD? What are you expecting?

My prayer:

Father, thank You for Your promise of renewed strength if we wait upon You. Give us Your strength, Your endurance, Your grace. Empower us to soar above our problems to touch Your glory.

704 steps up the Eiffel Tower to a beautiful view … 1 step + God towards possessing the promises of a lifetime

Eiffel Tower Night

 

Built to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the French Revolution, the Eiffel Tower stands as the symbol of Paris and a spectacular monument to the technical expertise of the 19th Century. The tower was built to stand for 20 years; 126 years later, it celebrates freedom with light shows and spectacular panoramic views of Paris. Approximately 7 million visitors gaze upon this 300 meter-high tower. Some climb the 704 steps to the top; others take the elevators. Some stand at the base of the tower, gaze at the 7,300 tons of iron, take a few photos and move on to the next tourist attraction.

Keith and I met a lady in The Walking Company this weekend stocking up on walking shoes.

“I heard that the view from Notre Dame is better than the one from the top of the Eiffel Tower. I think I’ll just go to the top of Notre Dame and not climb the Eiffel Tower.”

“Nooooo! You have to go to the top of both!”

 

How often do Christians choose to go right up to the fullness of God, stop and admire the view, and turn around and walk the other way?

To the Reubenites and to the Gadites and to the half-tribe of Manasseh, Joshua said, “Remember the word which Moses the servant of the LORD commanded you, saying, ‘The LORD your God gives you rest and will give you this land.’ Your wives, your little ones, and your cattle shall remain in the land which Moses gave you beyond the Jordan, but you shall cross before your brothers in battle array, all your valiant warriors, and shall help them, until the LORD gives your brothers rest, as He gives you, and they also possess the land which the LORD your God is giving them. Then you shall return to your own land, and possess that which Moses the servant of the LORD gave you beyond the Jordan toward the sunrise.” Joshua 1:12-15

Forty years through the wilderness, battles in the Promised Land, home beyond the Jordan. They agreed to fight the battles, so that their brothers could possess the land that the Lord had given them, but they chose to live outside the Promised Land, and God honored that.

We see God at work in the lives of people in the Bible. We may even recognize God at work in our lives. We read the promises God has for us in the Bible. We nod affirmatively and read the next chapter. Sometimes, we work to possess a promise. Sometimes, we decide the battle is too difficult, and like the Reubenites, we cross back over the Jordan to what we think is a more comfortable life. God honors our decisions.

Like the lady in the shoe store, sometimes we take the word of others that it’s better atop Notre Dame, so we choose not to huff and puff up the 704 steps of the Eiffel Tower. We miss the satisfaction of conquering those 704 steps, AND we miss the spectacular view.

And Joshua said unto the children of Israel, How long are ye slack to go to possess the land, which the LORD God of your fathers hath given you? Joshua 18:3

It takes effort. It takes sacrifice. It takes courage. It takes faith.

It takes you plus God.

Won’t you step out and possess the fullness that God has for you?

My prayer

Father, show us the fullness and the promises that You have for us. Remind us how You have worked in our lives to prepare us for the time that we are to possess Your promises. Prompt us to step out and watch You fight the battles it will take to possess all that You have for us. Thank You, Lord. Jesus, we love You!

704 steps to a beautiful view. One step + God to start possessing the promises of a lifetime.
What promise are you going to step out and possess?
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