Fasting and Praying for America – Nat’l Day of Prayer 2018

Every moment a follower of Christ spends praying and fasting is a mighty day in Heaven and on earth. Maximum spiritual power is turned on through fasting, Jesus revealed this secret in Matthew 17:21 and Mark 9:29 (“this kind only goes out by prayer and fasting“).

Today I will simply share how we prayed this morning in our home. It went something like this:

Father, we praise You. You are pure and great, big enough to handle any issue we bring with a mere thought. Thank You for loving us and hearing our concerns.

We bring the needs of our nation before You today. This is Your land, a land of refuge given to Your people, Israel of God. Please protect and strengthen Your chosen leaders for this time. Guide them in Your ways. Protect their families. Keep evil away from them.

Let attacks without cause on our leaders fall away to nothing. Let truth, conspiracies and perpetrators be revealed. Let no lie stand. Only the truth.

You kept Pharoah’s army away from Your people, Israel, by the uplifted arms of Your leader, Moses, and drowned their enemies in the sea. God make our prayers today as uplifted arms on behalf of our leaders and nation, and deliver us from the army that constantly wars against us. 

Father, give our leaders wisdom and a way to guard our borders without turning away people in true need. We want to keep our arms open to the hurting, but prevent entrance to those with evil intentions.

Please deliver the innocent from wicked hands. Inspire our nation to value life.

Please stir Your people to holiness and make us a mighty army of faith, standing in the gap for our nation. We ask You stem the tide against us as long as You will it and place our nation in Your hands. We trust You.

In the precious name of Jesus our Savior,

Amen.

God bless everyone praying, and fasting, for America today, and God bless America!

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Prayer and FASTING on National Day of Prayer

National Day of Prayer is Thursday, May 3! Faith and Fasting friends, will you join me in not just praying, but also FASTING for our nation this Thursday?

Never in the history of our beautiful land have we needed more for the people of God to unite in prayer and fasting. Our President, White House staff, Cabinet members, House, Senate, Judiciary, every other servant in government, and their families, need us to bend the ear and heart of Heaven like never before.

Jesus revealed the source of maximum spiritual power when He told the disciples:

However, this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting. Matthew 17:21

So He said to them, this kind can come out by nothing but prayer and fasting. Mark 9:29

Let’s turn on the power! And pray for wisdom, truth, protection from evil, and a mighty movement of God upon our leaders and our nation. Ask Him for the outpouring of His Holy Spirit upon every follower of Christ who has trusted Him for salvation… for revival, and renewed strength, to sweep this nation.

For we know what God has promised:

Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, whose people He has chosen for His inheritance. Psalm 33:12

If my people, who are called by My name, will humble themselves and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from Heaven and forgive their sin and HEAL THEIR LAND. 2 Chron 7:14

If anyone needs help knowing how to fast, please check out “How to Fast” on Faith and Fasting. Originally posted in May of 2016, it has been updated and reposted to assist anyone on National Day of Prayer this week.

God bless you all, and truly we ask… God bless America!

Additional information and prayer guides are available at the link below:

http://www.nationaldayofprayer.org

Defending the Faith of George Washington

As indicated in a recent Preview regarding the subject of George Washington’s faith, there is proof that the General of the American Revolution and first President of the United States was, indeed, Christian.

You ask, why is this so important, what does it matter at this point in history?

Evidence such as this helps determine the motives and intent of the independent United States’ most significant founder. It points to our original identity as a nation. And that is foundational to… everything since.

More, it defends the spirit and character of one of our greatest Patriots whose religion has been called into question over the years. One particular man of God with a public ministry has in recent years been saying George Washington was probably nothing more than a “Deist”. That is in short, someone who believes in an overall distant deity, but not Christ. 

But all it takes is a scan of Washington’s own writings to confirm that is simply not true. There are multiple volumes of his personal and professional works in my library and plenty of additional, credible materials on the internet. MountVernon.org is a good resource, for example, and one I reviewed at length on the subject of “George Washington and religion”.

Anyway, after studying multiple sources of research, allow me to first make some general observations. 

George Washington was a faithful church attender, and the places of worship he and Mrs. Washington called home were Christian: Christ Church (Washington helped fund the building, per the Mount Vernon website) and Pohick Church, both in Virginia. Also, he was known before becoming President for taking communion regularly. 

Certainly, after becoming the first President of the U.S., Washington’s practices changed somewhat to accommodate his duties, as one would expect. His church attendance was still fairly regular, perhaps averaging 1-2 times per month, as was common for the day given the distance most people had to drive to get there. 

During the Presidency, he attended many more services than just of his home church. There are records of him visiting several types of Christian and Catholic congregations. 

In some respects, his faith became even more private while in office. Word has it he ceased taking public communion, for reasons not to be seen as making a public display, and possibly due to his personal struggle over some of his difficult duties in war.

Now, let’s move on to specific examples of evidence or testimonial of his faith. For our purpose here, we will begin close to George Washington’s home, with his relationship to his children. Washington never had his own biological children, but he took Martha’s children as his own. 

Martha Dandridge Custis was a widow and her children, Martha Parke Custis and John Parke Custis, were only 2 and 4 when she married George Washington. After they married, he became their legal guardian.

In at least two circumstances relative to his step-son, John Parke Custis, we can see Washington’s commitment to Christian faith and Biblical training. When Mister Custis was a young teen, a Christian (Anglican) minister and friend of Washington, Rev. Jonathan Boucher, was chosen to tutor him. 

This, in itself, is revealing. Were Washington not Christian, would a devout Christian minister have been chosen to teach his child? Even more odd, Boucher was a loyalist to England’s Crown, so much so that in 1775 he would return to England to escape the growing revolutionary division in America. 

Surely, Washington and his minister friend had many an occasion to disagree on the course of America. Nevertheless, he was the choice to educate Washington’s stepson, reflecting perhaps an even more fervent commitment on Washington’s part to Christian principles over political ideologies.

In July, 1769, as part of meeting the educational needs of his stepson, Washington sent to Mount Vernon a request by letter for a list of goods to be sent to his plantations on York River. In particular, he sent a long and varied list of books to be returned for young Mr. Custis.

The list of books is eye-opening. Many were educational, math, history and more. But a large percentage were religious in nature. And not broadly religious, but distinctly Christian.

In fact, every single book requested for his stepson on the topic of faith was Christian. Here are a few titles from the list:

—Dawson’s Lexicon to the Greek New Testament

—Harwood’s Liberal Translation of the New Testament (“liberal” was indicative of freedom in using common vernacular – might be comparable to The Living Bible or the Expanded Bible as they relate to today’s versions)

—Blackwell’s Sacred Classics Defended; or, An Essay Proving the Purity, Propriety, and True Eloquence of the Writers of the New Testament

—Sharpes Arguments in Defense of Christianity

—Gerard’s Dissertations on the Evidence of Christianity

—Oswald’s Appeal to Common Sense in behalf of Religion

—Squire’s Indifference for Religion Inexcusable

—Harte’s The Amaranth, or Collection of Religious Poems (a collection of strictly Biblical concepts, to include scripture and meditations on New Testament subjects such as the parable of the sower and “Meditations on Christ’s Death and Passion”) 

[Above list excerpted from: Washington, George. The Writings of George Washington from the Original Manuscript Sources, Vol. 2 (Locations 9622-9720). Kindle Edition.]

The above titles taken from the list of books requested by Washington are a solid example how he approved his stepson be educated. Washington had chosen Rev. Boucher to ensure his stepson was well-grounded in Christian faith and apologetics. 

To believe that a non-Christian, or a “Deist” would determine his child was trained in the New Testament, “Defense of Christianity, “Evidence of Christianity”, and “Meditations on Christ’s Death and Passion” is surely preposterous.

Providing further family evidence, Washington’s step-granddaughter, Nelly, wrote later in her life:

“I should have thought it the greatest heresy to doubt his firm belief in Christianity. His life, his writings, prove that he was a Christian. He was not one of those, who act or pray, ‘That they may be seen of men’.” [Nelly Custis Lewis to Jared Sparks, 2/26/1833, quoted in Jared Sparks, The Life of George Washington (Boston: Published by Ferdinand Andrews, 1839), 522.]

Perhaps that private nature, true of both George and Martha Washington, is the reason some felt it their duty to call into question his sincerity. But that more private expression of faith was common to Anglican practice in the time he lived. 

But there is more. The Bible is the text quoted most frequently in Washington’s writings. While such knowledge and use of Biblical references was not uncommon in 18th Century America, Washington’s abundant usage of scripture demonstrated both his knowledge and value of Biblical precepts.

The following Biblical references were routine vocabulary for Washington:

  1. “separating wheat from the tares” (Matt. 13:24-30)
  2. “a millstone hung to your neck” (Matt. 18:6; Mark 9:42; Luke 17:2)
  3. “wars and rumors of wars” (Matt. 24:6; Mark 13:7)
  4. “good and faithful servant” (Matt. 25:21, 23)
  5. “take up my bed and walk” (Mark 2:9; John 5:8-12)
  6. “engraved on every man’s heart” (see Jer. 17:1; Rom. 2:15)
  7. “like sheep to the Slaughter” (Psalm 44:22; Acts 8:32; Rom. 8:36)
  8. “forbidden fruit” (Gen. 2:17)
  9. “fat of the land” (Gen. 45:18)
  10. “seven times seven years” (Lev. 25:8)
  11. “thorn in our side” (Num. 33:55; Judges 2:3)
  12. “first fruit” (Deut. 26:2)
  13. “sleep with my Fathers” (Deut. 31:16; 2 Sam. 7:12; 1 Kings 1:21)
  14. “neither sleep nor slumber” (Psalm 121:4; Isaiah 5:27)

Additional Biblical references are found in Washington’s writings:

15. “widow’s mite” (Mark 12:42-44; Luke 21:2-4), 16. “the scales are ready to drop from the eyes” (Acts 9:18), and 17. “Throne of Grace” (Heb. 4:16).

The passage used most frequently in Washington’s papers is, 18. ancient Hebrew blessing and vision of the New Jerusalem in which every man sits safely “under his vine and under his fig tree” (Micah 4:4; 1 Kings 4:25; Zech. 3:10). Washington referred to this Biblical saying nearly four dozen times in the last half of his life.*

In addition to Washington’s easy and familiar usage of Scripture, many of his private or professional letters reveal his spirit.

In 1763, Washington had the occasion to write a Mr. Robert Stewart. Apparently, he had reason to give account of balances in his name in England. Allow me to share a brief excerpt from this letter, and I believe you will hear his honesty and spiritual testimony.

“… I enclose you a copy of Mr. Cary’s last account current against me, which, upon my honor and the faith of a Christian, is a true one…” [To Robert Stewart from George Washington. (April, 1763). The Writings of George Washington (1748-1776) Locations 15025-15059. Kindle Edition.]

Some years later, in 1775, Washington wrote a Colonel at Camp Cambridge, giving him direction as to how to handle a particular mission with troops marching through Canada. Listen in, and hear his heart and faith:

“…consider yourselves as marching not through the country of an enemy, but of our friends… (avoid) every attempt to plunder or insult the inhabitants of Canada (Canadian and native Indian)… I also give it in charge to you to avoid all disrespect of the religion of the country… Prudence, policy, and a true Christian spirit will lead us to look with compassion upon their errors without insulting them. While we are contending for our own liberty, we should be very cautious not to violate the rights of conscience in others, ever considering that God alone is the judge of the hearts of men, and to him only in this case they are answerable.” [Excerpts from George Washington to Colonel Arnold. Camp AtCambridge, 14 September, 1775. The Writings of George Washington (1748-1776) Locations 23470-23496. Kindle Edition.]

Just as we heard in his granddaughter’s testimony, just as we observed in the care he took over his stepson’s Christian faith education, we can again see from these letters Washington’s clear declaration of his own Christian faith! 

A study of his life and writings reveals a human who certainly made mistakes in his lifetime. For one, it is apparent he struggled with the concept of slavery, common in his day, so much so that he made efforts to free slaves on his own estate during his life and again in finality upon his death. But research also reveals a man who grew over time in faith and integrity, a man with the distinct and unmistakable spirit of one devoted to Christ and the Bible.

To close, perhaps the best conclusion is this one made by Mount Vernon’s long-time director, Charles Cecil Wall:

”… Most students who have approached the question objectively have concluded that George Washington was a true Christian who attached no great significance to form and ritual.” [Charles C. Wall to Major Louis Osborne, 8/5/1954.]

Thank God for our Christian founder, George Washington, and the legacy he forged for our great nation. I pray his example encourages and inspires all who contemplate his life and faith.

*Notes from Biblical references in George Washington’s vocabulary:
1. “George Washington to John Augustine Washington, 31 May 1776,” The Writings of George Washington, ed. John C. Fitzpatrick, 37 vols. (Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1931-1940), 5:92 [hereafter TWOGW].

2. “GW to George Washington Parke Custis, 28 November 1796,” TWOGW, 35:295-296. 

3. “GW to Catherine Macaulay Graham, 19 July 1791,” TWOGW, 31:317; GW to Marquis de la Luzerne, 29 April 1790, TWOGW, 31:40; GW to Marquis de Chastellux, 25 April [-1 May] 1788, TWOGW, 29:485. 

4. “GW to Tobias Lear, 15 June 1791,” TWOGW, 31:297; “GW to the Clergy of Different Denominations Residing in and near the City of Philadelphia, [3 March 1797],” TWOGW, 35:416-417. 

5. “GW to The Secretary of War, 25 March 1799,” TWOGW, 37:159; “GW to the Marquis De Lafayette, 4 July 1779,” TWOGW, 15:370. 

6. “GW to Earl of Buchan, 26 May 1794,” TWOGW, 33:382. 

7. “GW to the Officers of the Army, 15 March 1783,” TWOGW, 26:225. 

8. “GW to Mrs. Annis Boudinot Stockton, 2 September 1783,” TWOGW, 27:128.
9. “GW to Robert Dinwiddie, 22 April 1756,” TWOGW, 1:326. 

10. “GW to Mrs. Martha Washington, 18 June 1775,” TWOGW, 3:294. 

11. “GW to Samuel Purviance, 10 March 1786,” TWOGW, 28:393; “GW to James Madison, 31 March 1787,” TWOGW, 29:192. 

12. “GW to Brigadier General Thomas Nelson, Junior, 8 February 1778,” TWOGW, 10:433; “GW to Daniel Bowers, 28 May 1779,” TWOGW, 15:176; “GW to Barbe Marbois, 9 July 1783,” TWOGW, 27:56; “GW to Richard Sprigg, 28 June 1786,” TWOGW, 28:471. 

13. “GW to Marquis de Lafayette, 1 February 1784,” TWOGW, 27:317318. 

14. “GW to John Augustine Washington, 6 June [-6 July] 1799,” TWOGW, 19:136; “GW to Henry Knox, 26 December 1786,” TWOGW, 29:124; “GW to John Sullivan, 4 February 1781,” TWOGW, 21:181; “GW to Benjamin Harrison, 5-7 May 1779,” TWOGW, 15:6; “GW to John Augustine Washington, 12 May 1779,” TWOGW, 15:59; “GW to James Warren, 31 March 1779,” TWOGW, 14:313; “GW to Benjamin Harrison, 18[-30] December 1778,” TWOGW, 13:466. 

15. “GW to Bushrod Washington, 15 January 1783,” TWOGW, 26:40; “GW to George Washington Parke Custis, 15 November 1796,” TWOGW, 35:283. 

16. “GW to Charles Cotesworth Pinckney, 28 June 1788,” TWOGW, 30:10. 

17. “GW to the German Lutherans of Philadelphia, April 1789,” The Papers of George Washington, Presidential Series, ed. W.W. Abbot et al. (Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, 1987), 2:180. 

18. Daniel L. Dreisbach, “‘The ‘Vine and Fig Tree’, George Washington’s Letters: Reflections on a Biblical Motif in the Literature of the American Founding Era,” Anglican and Episcopal History 76, No. 3 (September 2007): 299-326.

George Washington’s Faith – Preview

In recent years, I’ve heard a teacher I admire suggest several times in interviews that George Washington may have been a “deist” and not necessarily a Christian. This, he claims, is based on the opinion of Washington’s Pastor, who made the original suggestion.

Loving the knowledge that our colonies and country, America, were founded by many men of Christian faith, I was disturbed by this news. So, I set out to learn for myself whether or not it was true.

First President, George Washington, led a prayer of dedication, marking out our infant nation as the Lord’s. How sad would it be to discover he actually did not trust Christ?

In my Kindle library, I have several volumes of material written by Washington, seven to be exact. Modern technology makes it very easy to search them for key words and phrases. So, I carefully hunted for all indications of faith and Christianity.

In short, I found what I was looking for! I will compile all the evidence, and bring it to my readers in days ahead.

Coming soon…

Praying for truth and integrity

Precious Jesus, wonderful Lion of Judah, we ask you to battle for our nation today, and bring your wisdom and grace in the midst of chaos. Give us Your vision. Open the eyes of this nation to all TRUTH and restore our important agencies to Your path, a path of integrity.

Wake up Your people, Jesus, and guide us to walk in Your ways. Place men and women of wisdom in positions of power and leadership. Bless and safeguard our President, leaders, and their families whom You have called, “for such a time as this”.

We understand only You can make our nation great. We trust You with the precious gift You gave us we call the United States of America.

Amen.

Blessings and peace to all reading today. United we stand. There is no other alternative.

Revelation 12 Study

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[Readers, this post is very informal, and may not be final. It is my personal notes from studies I did on September 23, October 5, and October 21, on Revelation 12.]

9/23/2017

September 23, 2017, was a day the constellations demonstrated the Revelation 12 passage:

REV 12.1 And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars: REV 12.2 And she being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered.

On September 23, I saved a screenshot (above) from my cell phone app, StarTrackerLite, which shows in real time the positions and movement of the stars and planets. The constellations show Virgo (i.e., the ‘woman’) with the sun at her neck, the moon at her feet, etc, just as Rev. 12 described.

Studying that photo, I noticed two things.

  1. The position of Jupiter does make her look pregnant, or as if she is giving birth! Jupiter is the ‘King’ planet, so Virgo is pregnant with the King! That makes the identity of Virgo, Mary, and in greater, symbolic terms, ancient Israel! She was the one who brought Christ forth into the world. However, she is also the one who KNOWS He is the King. Therefore, through the birth, the woman transforms to become Israel of God, the family of God, now followers of Messiah.
  2. Note the position of constellation Virgo – under the constellation Leo. Virgo is literally ‘following’ Leo in her trajectory. Again, the symbolism of Virgo as Israel of God, following Leo, the Lion. The Bible tells us Christ is the Lion of Judah! The constellations, in sync with Scripture, identity Virgo as those following Christ.

The significance of the above in relation to Rev. 12, I believe, is that ultimately, the woman who will be under attack by the ‘dragon’ is going to be Israel of God, in modern times the body of Christ, His church.

10/5/2017

Studying Rev 12:6, trying to make sense of the ‘wilderness’ to which the ‘woman’ flees for protection from the dragon for ‘1260 days’.

Researching definitions of ‘wilderness’ in Greek, in Strong’s Bible dictionary. All shown below.* Note, most interesting is the comparative word in Strongs, #5561. See below in blue.

Oddly, upon studying these word meanings, a song started ‘playing’ in my head: ‘This land is your land, this land is my land, from California to the New York islands… from the Redwood forest to the gulf stream waters… this land was made for you and me.’ 

Hmmm. I haven’t thought of that song in perhaps years. A message from the Spirit? He often speaks to me by putting songs in my mind.

America certainly did fit the descriptions (from Strong’s for ‘wilderness’, see below) at the time the colonists came… She was ‘an expansive land, largely unpopulated (at the time), between two limits…’ (either way you look at it we are still between two limits: 2 oceans on east/west coasts… 2 neighbors on north/south coasts).

America happens to contain the densest population of the followers of Messiah… so far, still a land of religious freedom. If America is potentially the land made to protect the ‘woman’, then what does the ‘1260 days’ really mean?

And when is that time ‘up’?

10/21/2017

Rev 12:13 And when the dragon saw that he was cast forth to the earth, he pursued the woman who did bring forth the male, rev.12.14 and there were given to the woman two wings of the great eagle, that she may fly to the wilderness*, to her place, where she is nourished a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent; rev.12.15 and the serpent did cast forth after the woman, out of his mouth, water as a river, that he may cause her to be carried away by the river, rev.12.16 and the land did help the woman, and the land did open its mouth and did swallow up the river, that the dragon did cast forth out of his mouth; rev.12.17 and the dragon was angry against the woman, and went away to make war with the rest of her seed, those keeping the commands of God, and having the testimony of Jesus Christ. (YLT)

Revelation 12:13-17 again mentions the wilderness, a land which protects the ‘woman who brought forth the male’ for a period of time. Having established I believe the woman to represent both Mary and Israel of God… or, all who follow Christ, then it may be logical to presume the land which houses the largest numbers of His followers might, in fact, be just that land.

In these last centuries, the primary land protecting Christians has been America. Is it a coincidence Rev. 12 mentions the eagle helping the woman get to the wilderness land that protects her, and America’s national symbol is the American Bald Eagle?

Indeed, if you consider the words above from Revelation 12, America fits the description. She was an expansive, largely uninhabited land at the time of her founding, she has taken in the largest number of Christian refugees, prevented persecution of Christians within her borders and provided a safe and prosperous place for them to live and thrive. Certainly, there are other countries that also continue to protect Christians, but none more pronounced than the U.S. in the last nearly two and a half centuries.

As to the very specific, albeit cryptic, reference to ‘a time, and times, and half a time’, during which the land is able to protect the woman, we need to consider the meaning. There are many who have taught in solidarity this is a reference to the 3 1/2 years of the tribulation. But, could it also (or instead) be referring to the few hundred years one nation has offered refuge and protection to the people of God in the last centuries?

IF the land is America, if we agree she has protected the largest number of Christ-followers as indicated in Revelation 12… we can look at the dates the first Christians fled to her in search of religious freedom and see if the years since then might come anywhere close to fitting into the ‘time, times and half a time’ pattern.

First, there was a lost Colony that first arrived around 1585 (Approx. 432 years from present.) The enduring Colonies were established beginning 1607, with Jamestown, a business venture. (Approx. 410 years from present.)

Puritans arrived Plymouth in 1620, desiring to start a new, pure church, fleeing the corrupt church of England. (Approx. 397 years from present.)

Based on the numbers above, 450 years fits the pattern of a ‘time, times, and half a time’. With that in mind, the above 3 scenarios would yield 18 years, 40 years, or 53 years remaining, respectively.

This is just something to think about, by no means a conclusive study. It is merely one possibility to ponder. I’ve learned over the years, prophetic passages can apply to multiple events or time periods, so one meaning does not necessarily cancel out another.

Research, from Strong’s Bible dictionaries:

*Wilderness: (g2048) ερημος, — er’-ay-mos; of uncertain affinity; lonesome, i.e. (by implication) waste (usually as a noun, (5561)* (χωρα) being implied): — desert, desolate, solitary, wilderness.

Transliterated: eremos;  Pronounced: er’-ay-mos of uncertain affinity; TDNT 2:657; adjective Trans & freq in the AV- wilderness 32 times, desert 13 times, desolate 4 times, solitary 1 time; 50 occurrences of Greek word in AV

1. solitary, lonely, desolate, uninhabited a. used of places 1. a desert, wilderness 2. deserted places, lonely regions 3. an uncultivated region fit for pasturage b. used of persons [Also, ominously:] 1. deserted by others 2. deprived of the aid and protection of others, especially of friends, acquaintances, kindred 3. bereft a. of a flock deserted by the shepherd b. of a woman neglected by her husband, from whom the husband withholds himself.

*(5561) χωρα, — kho’-rah; feminine of a derivative of the base of (5490) (χασμα) through the idea of empty expanse; room, i.e. a space of territory (more or less extensive; often including its inhabitant): — coast, county, fields, ground, land, region.

Transliterated: chora;  Pronounced: kho’-rah from a derivative of the base of 5490 through the idea of empty expanse; n f Trans. & freq. in the AV- country 15 times, region 5 times, land 3 times, field 2 times, ground 1 time, coast 1 time; 27 occurrences of Greek word in AV,

1. the space lying between two places or limits. [Blogger’s note: could that be between 2 major oceans, OR with 2 border neighbors?? Does any other country in the world fit this description?]

2. a region or country i.e. a tract of land a. the (rural) region surrounding a city or village, the country b. the region with towns and villages which surround a metropolis 3. land which is ploughed or cultivated, ground.

All quoted verses and research from:

God; Strong, James. A Complete Bible Reference Study Library (4 in 1): [Illustrated]: KJV Bible with Strongs markup, Strongs Concordance & Dictionaries, Lexicon Definitions, and Bible word index (Kindle Locations 122365-285296). Bestbooks. Kindle Edition.

How Do We Save America?

Long before this blog began over a year ago, and many times since, I have found myself mourning, weeping, crying out to God for America. For some reason, He has pressed into my soul an urgent passion on behalf of what was (and in His eyes, I believe, still is) His country.

As a nation, we reflect Him less now than we did a century and a half ago, when writers like Herman Melville and Alexis de Tocqueville were declaring America distinctly and almost universally “Christian”.

But we still house the majority of God’s people, having the densest population of the followers of Christ/Messiah, Yeshua. So, the influx of non-believers, and the secularization of our culture and laws has still not changed the fact the most Christians in the world live in the U.S.! This land is God’s land, it was founded upon Biblical principles and the hope of religious freedom.

The blessings of being God’s land are obvious. Richest nation in the world, abundant resources, country that has most reached a helping hand to those in need and taken in the majority of the world’s refugees…

But we are slipping, are we not? Many ask why, and in my experience, many believers want to continually point fingers at non-believers. ‘It must be their fault, they come with their pagan ideas and worldly values and are voting out our laws which were based upon God’s Word.’

Maybe that is a little of it. But the greater truth we do not want to face is, churches and people who also call themselves Christian have allowed their teaching and values to become severely diluted with the world’s values. Christian pastors and priests, and parishioners have allowed their churches’ teachings to stray far from the Word of God!

This past Sunday, I attended a service where the speaker did little more than give a speech worthy of a social/political rally instead of a message for God’s people in His house. To be honest, it smacked of rebellion, and I did not hear the name of Jesus except at the end of one prayer. I was more than appalled, and found myself doing spiritual warfare praying during the service, going so far as to rebuke a spirit of revolution that is spreading in our land like a wildfire from hell!

My precious friends and co-believers in Christ, remember the words of Jesus when He said in Matthew: “If your enemy compels you to go with him one mile (carrying his load), go with him two.” (Matt 5:41)

The message of Christ in the New Testament is peace and humble service, not rebellion and revolution! The people of God do not need to ‘rise up’, they need to fall upon their knees in repentance to the Lord, fasting and prayer!

When ministers stand up and teach the whole truth in the Word of God, and we as believers respond and become clean, surrendered to the Lord and filled with His Holy Spirit… then we will be ready to move forward as a mighty army, NOT to war, but to LOVE the non-believing world as Christ loved us. And then, maybe then, who knows what God might do in our land?

JOEL 2:12 “Therefore also now, says the LORD, turn to me with all your heart, and with fasting, and with weeping, and with mourning: 13 And tear your heart, and not your clothing, and turn to the LORD your God: for He is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and may change His mind on judgment. 14 Who knows if He will change His course, and leave a blessing instead?

15 Blow the trumpet in the land of God’s people, observe a holy fast, call a solemn assembly: 16 Gather the people, call out the congregation, assemble the elders, gather the children, and babies; let the bridegroom go forth of his chamber, and the bride out of her closet. 17 Let the priests, the ministers of the LORD, weep and let them say, Spare Your people, O LORD, and give not Your heritage to reproach, that the heathen should rule over them: saying in the midst of the people, ‘Where is their God’?

18 Then will the LORD be jealous for His land, and pity His people.”

Scripture from: Strong, James. A Complete Bible Reference Study Library (4 in 1): [Illustrated]: KJV Bible (with blogger edits to modernize and clarify), Strongs Concordance & Dictionaries, Lexicon Definitions, and Bible word index (Kindle Locations 83503-83529). Bestbooks. Kindle Edition.