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?

Healing prompts 5,000 to come to Jesus

Gate BeautifulThe Gate Beautiful, or Golden Gate. It is believed that Jesus entered through this gate on Palm Sunday. It is thought that Jesus will return through the Golden Gate. Ottoman Sultan Sulieman sealed the gate and built a cemetery in front of it, so that when Elijah preceeds Jesus’ return, Eljah cannot walk through the cemetery without becoming unclean. Think that’s a problem for the Lord?

Now Peter and John were going up to the temple at the ninth hour, the hour of prayer. And a man who had been lame from his mother’s womb was being carried along, whom they used to set down every day at the gate of the temple which is called Beautiful, in order to beg alms of those who were entering the temple. Acts 3:1-2

Ankles twisted and completely out of joint, this man sat at the entrance of the magnificent Gate Beautiful, ornately and heavily plated with gold and silver. The gate stood 50 cubits high in comparison with the other gates reaching 40 cubits, and it was so heavy, it took 20 men to move it. It was 60 feet wide and was the place of public worship during morning and evening sacrifices.

Weakness and deformity in the gate of strength and majesty … years of people passing him to enter the temple, a temple he was not allowed to enter because of his condition.

Look at us!

Looking into Peter’s eyes and then John’s eyes, the man expected a coin.

I do not possess silver and gold, but what I do have I give to you: In the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene—walk! And seizing him by the right hand, he raised him up; and immediately his feet and his ankles were strengthened. With a leap he stood upright and began to walk; and he entered the temple with them, walking and leaping and praising God.

How many miracles? His feet and ankles were strengthened. He immediately knew how to walk, and he leaped and praised God.

This man expected a coin; he received a healing; he received the opportunity to enter the temple, and his healing prompted Peter’s sermon.

And on the basis of faith in His name, it is the name of Jesus which has strengthened this man whom you see and know; and the faith which comes through Him has given him this perfect health in the presence of you all. Acts 3:16

As a result of this man’s healing, about 5,000 people accepted Jesus that day.

This man was never the same. This crowd was never the same.

How has God worked in your life? Tell someone today. Tell these readers.

My prayer

Father, You are our Creator, our Healer, our Comforter, our Savior. Thank You for what You are doing in our lives. Show us how You are working in our lives, the plans that You have for us. Empower us to tell others about Your goodness, Your healing grace. Embrace us with Your love, and infuse us with Your Spirit, so that we leap and praise You as others are watching. In Jesus’ name, we pray, Amen.

Jesus … The source for healing, teaching, and life

5 loaves

And Jesus called His disciples to Him, and said, “I feel compassion for the multitude, because they have remained with Me now three days and have nothing to eat; and I do not wish to send them away hungry, lest they faint on the way.” Matthew 15:32

Where would we get so many loves in a desolate place to satisfy such a great multitude?

How many loaves do you have?

Seven loaves and a few small fish.

He took the seven loaves and fish and gave thanks. Jesus broke them and gave them to the disciples for distributing to the 4,000 men plus women and children.

Seven large baskets full of the broken pieces were left over.

For three days, thousands flocked to Jesus for healing and teaching. They stayed on the mountain with Jesus even though they had run out of food, for they glorified God when they experienced Jesus.

Jesus was their source for healing, for teaching, and for food. Jesus became their manna, their life-giver.

He [God] humbled you and let you be hungry, and fed you with manna which you did not know, nor did your fathers know, that He might make you understand that man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by everything that proceeds out of the mouth of the LORD. Deuteronomy 8:3

Are you hungry for Jesus?

My prayer for you:

Jesus, You are our manna from heaven. We long for You. Fill us up with You. Thank You for waiting for us to surrender all at Your feet as we bask in Your presence, in Your words, in Your healing. We glorify You and wait for Your sustenance.

Lay the impossible at Jesus’ feet … become hope-filled

sculpted foot

Departing from there, Jesus went along by the Sea of Galilee, and having gone up on the mountain, He was sitting there. And large crowds came to Him, bringing with them those who were lame, crippled, blind, mute, and many others, and they laid them down at His feet; and He healed them. So the crowd marveled as they saw the mute speaking, the crippled restored, and the lame walking, and the blind seeing; and they glorified the God of Israel. Matthew 15:29-31

“Jesus is on the mountain. Let’s get Papa and see if He will heal his eyes. Tell Matthias to bring his mother.”

“There He is. Lay him at His feet.”

“Jesus is smiling at Papa. Papa’s smiling back. He can see.”

“Look, He’s speaking to Matthias’ mother. He’s touching her leg. She’s talking to Him.”

Hands on the ground … Scrunched … Pushing up … Standing … Walking … HEALED.

Lying at Jesus’ feet … The six steps of the hope-filled

Jesus addresses everyone’s needs individually. There is no formula. These six steps happened on the mountain that day with Jesus. The sick

  1. Acknowledged that they couldn’t fix their problem.
  2. Received help from others.
  3. Laid at the feet of Jesus.
  4. Waited upon Jesus to work.
  5. Received healing.
  6. Glorified God.

“Whatever our case is, the only way to find ease and relief, is to lay it at Christ’s feet, to submit it to him, and refer it to his disposal.” Matthew Henry

My prayer for you

Our Great Healer and Comforter, we lay our bodies before You. We lay our circumstances before You. We wait upon You. Have Your way with us. Touch us. Heal us. We trust Your work in us. We give You the glory, honor and praise.

What will you lay before Jesus?

God heals today … 7 fruits

Galilee Sea

On the Sea of Galilee

Jesus was going throughout all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every kind of disease and every kind of sickness among the people. The news about Him spread throughout all Syria; and they brought to Him all who were ill, those suffering with various diseases and pains, demoniacs, epileptics, paralytics; and He healed them. Large crowds followed Him from Galilee and the Decapolis and Jerusalem and Judea and from beyond the Jordan. Matthew 4:23-25

Teaching, proclaiming the good news, and healing … signatures of our Lord Jesus.

  1. Healings and miracles showcased Jesus’ authority to proclaim what the world might call an upside down world view.
  2. Healings and miracles highlighted Jesus’ compassion for hurting people.
  3. Healings and miracles sparked excitement and talk.
  4. Healings and miracles created hope and expectation.
  5. Healings and miracles spurred friends and families to bring the sick.
  6. Healings and miracles turned people to Jesus and His teachings.
  7. Healings and miracles bore followers and disciples.

Healings and miracles happen today. Christian doctors have established the World Christian Doctors Network. The network is focused upon pointing to the great works of healing that the Lord still does, bringing hope to patients and the world. The network has created case studies on how God still heals today.

Read Dr. Ann Verachtert’s presentation about the healing of Hugo Van Leemputten‘s non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Hugo had no hope; yet, after prayer and much support, he was healed and now leads a church and healing school called God’s Ambassade.

When there is no hope, look up! Jesus is our hope and our destiny.

My prayer for you

Father, You are so loving and compassionate. Thank You for Your intimate interest in men and women. Thank You that You have many blessings in store for us. Thank You that You heal our bodies so that we can minister to others, so that we can point people to You. We love You Lord and praise Your holy name!

God healed me … I went kite flying!

Guitar Kite

Yet those who wait for the LORD
Will gain new strength;
They will mount up with wings like eagles,
They will run and not be tired,
They will walk and not become weary. Isaiah 40:31

On January 1, 2011, almost six weeks after the Lord miraculously healed me of fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome, I ran on the San Diego beach pulling and commandeering this heavy kite, a gift from a stranger that day.

Sheer freedom from pain.

Exhilarating freedom from limitations. 

Glorious freedom in the Lord!

Today, I have a kite hanging from my window directly across from my shower. Each morning, I have the opportunity to gaze upon that kite and rejoice in the healing gift of the Lord.

His mercies are new every morning.

Every morning a new beginning.

My prayer for you

Giver of life, health, and blessings, as we wait upon You, work Your works in us. Guide us in all understanding; renew our strength; equip us for the works You have prepared for us from before the foundation of the world. Thank You for Your lovingkindness, Your blessings, and Your goodness. Embrace us with Your vision and Your plans. We’re looking forward to what You have for us in 2014.

What reminders of God’s goodness have you placed around you?