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.

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The Bridegroom

Before the time of Christ, the leaders of Jerusalem and Israel were expecting a conquering King to rise up for the nation, to make it great again. They did not get what they expected.

Those who know Old Testament prophecy may remember the prophet, Isaiah, had centuries before the time of Christ proclaimed that the people of God, after the sacrificial work of a wonderful Redeemer, would be called Bride! 

ISA 49.18 …[As] I live, says the LORD, you shall surely clothe yourself with them all, as with an ornament, and bind them [on you], as a bride.

ISA 62.5 …[as] the bridegroom rejoices over the bride, [so] shall your God rejoice over you.

Several centuries later, John the Baptist and prophet, preached the coming of Jesus just before He began His earthly ministry. John also identified Jesus as the Bridegroom, and himself as the friend who rejoices with the Bridegroom.

JOH 3.28-29 …I am not the Christ, but I am sent before Him. He that has the bride is the Bridegroom: but the friend of the Bridegroom, who stands and hears Him, rejoices greatly because of the Bridegroom’s voice: by this my joy is fulfilled.

When Jesus the Messiah came to earth as flesh and blood, He came not to govern one nation, but to love and win hearts of all on earth who would love Him in return. He came as a Bridegroom to restore the heart and family of God – Israel of God – to Himself. 

It is worth a mention, however, that the protective blessing of national greatness, by lesson of history, is a byproduct of purity and faithfulness of the people to God.

Friends, our Bridegroom has arisen and His heart is on His sleeve. He gave His life to know, love and be loved. Jesus calls all who will listen to His voice, “Trust Me, will you place your hand in mine, and become part of my beloved family, Israel?”

Trust the Bridegroom… and know the rewards of being the bride are eternal!

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…

Day of the Cross

Good Friday. It is the day of the cross. Those who celebrate the death and resurrection of Christ remember this day as the day He hung on the cross for our sins nearly 2000 years ago.

For Jesus, it was the worst day of His human life. A day of torment, utter agony and humiliation. He could have stopped it with a word, but He chose to give His life out of love for us.

Sacrifice to end all sacrifices, atonement purchased for humans with God. If they would only trust Him.

He identified Himself as one with God and as the only way to God. I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. John 14:6

His life, every word and deed, proved this to be true. He was the culmination of every Old Testament prophecy.

The prophets centuries before all foretold a myriad of details about the One who would come, His life, what His death would be like, what it would accomplish. He fulfilled them all, 100%.

For just a taste of Biblical prophecies fulfilled by Jesus, check out this article on cbn.com. There are many additional articles available with a quick search online.

Once you believe Christ was the prophesied One, God Himself come to earth to give His life for us, the next step is to admit you need Him, and to trust His sacrifice was enough. It does not matter how bad your life has been, if you believe Christ and trust His death on the cross covers you, God says you belong to Him.

There have been some teachers who have said all anyone has to do is “believe” to be God’s child. They quote John 3:16 in the most popular English translations of the Bible, “whoever believes on Him will not perish…”

But the Greek from which the English translations came reveals more than simple belief. The definition of the word English translators changed to believe is actually “have faith in, or trust”. It is more than head knowledge, it is a giving of mind and heart.

For those who have struggled their entire lives to trust another, this is a big step of faith, isn’t it? On the testimony of many humans who lived thousands of years ago, to trust a man claiming to be God. Believing that faith in Him, that His death was for you, is enough to earn you God’s forever forgiveness.

And yet, that is the true story. This day in history changed the world. It is the single most important and pivotal event. God came down to reach us, to prove His love and restore us to Himself. He had to do it all for us, that we might be forever secure in Him.

For anyone needing help, wanting evidence, to believe, I recommend you search out this book or movie: The Case For Christ. It is the personal story of Lee Strobel. He was an award-winning legal journalist for the Chicago Tribune, an atheist, when his wife came to faith in Christ. Lee set out to disprove Christianity, but ended up coming to faith, based on the mountain of overwhelming evidence.

The culmination of his journey reminds me of a favorite line in Star Wars, episode VII, when an aged Hans Solo tells the young Rey and her companion something to the effect, “Everything you’ve heard is true, the force is real.”

The story of Jesus Christ is real. The evidence is undeniable. He loves you so much, He gave His life for you. Will you trust Him?

‘And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so it is good the Son of Man to be lifted up, that every one who is trusting in Him may not perish, but may have life eternal, for God did so love the world, that His Son – the only born – He gave, that every one who is trusting in Him may not perish, but may have life eternal.

For God did not send His Son to the world that He may judge the world, but that the world may be saved through Him; he who is trusting in Him is not judged, but he who is not trusting has been judged already, because he hath not trusted in the name of the only born Son of God.

John 3:14-18 YLT (slightly modernized) Young’s Literal Translation of the Bible (Revised Edition, with one-touch navigation) (Kindle Locations 52684-52688). Kindle Edition.

Holy Spirit Transforms Remnant into Living Menorah

So, then, be careful how you live. Do not be unwise but wise, making the best use of your time because the times are evil. Therefore, do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is. Stop getting drunk with wine, which leads to wild living, but keep on being filled with the Spirit. Ephesians 5:15-18

The key to understanding truth and experiencing God’s power in the life of a child of God is the Holy Spirit. Everything He has called us to do is made possible when His Spirit is in control.

Jesus told the disciples before His earthly departure that the Comforter would come to dwell with them and guide them. In the book of Acts, the Spirit was described as coming dramatically with a rushing wind and flames of fire appearing above everyone’s head in the upper room. They found themselves filled with joy, inspiration and power, speaking in languages they’d never known.

Can you picture it? A flame hovering above each of the heads of those in the room. Do you realize what had happened?

In that moment, the disciples, the first Jewish remnant – believers in Christ who had literally survived the transition from Old Covenant to New upon the death and resurrection of Christ – had become a living Menorah!

Christ, the servant lamp, had sent His Spirit to His people as promised, and each of them were set aflame to comfort His people and reach the world. They were His Menorah in His temple! And He had visibly identified them as His, set apart to carry out His mission.

From that point on, the disciples were empowered, emboldened, guided to exhort the people with divine wisdom, heal the sick, speak in foreign languages when needed to evangelize the lost, and more. All because of the Holy Spirit.

The Spirit infilling each believer today continues to enable God to flow through us in every situation. He then uses us to reach the lost world through every means necessary. We continue to be His living Menorah! The entire Body of Christ, His magnificent, living temple!

Sealed in Him with the Holy Spirit of promise…’ Ephesians 1:13

Certainly, the presence of Christ in our lives is sealed upon the moment of salvation, but the full power of the Holy Spirit is not constant. His ability to flow requires constant surrender.

The believer will struggle with surrender, finding it so tempting and easy to take back over his own life. But, only one can be in control at any given moment. When we are in control, He is not.

We have to relinquish the reigns and give them to Him every day, every hour, every moment. Perpetually willing the Spirit to take over is an absolute must in order to live a life flowing with the power and wisdom of Christ. It is why Paul in Ephesians 5:18 exhorted us to, “Keep on being filled with the Holy Spirit.”

It means simply, all the time!

Interpreting Scripture in the Spirit

This may be one of the most important truths I’ve ever shared. Fellow believers, please understand, when someone is not surrendered and filled with the Holy Spirit, their teaching of Scripture may actually be dangerous. Yes, dangerous. For, they will be studying and understanding in only human wisdom, and will often miss the mark, get it wrong. Many others are misled when a teacher is off target.

Have you ever watched a scene in a movie where the good guys are trying to decipher computer code in order to save the day? Until the moment they enter the right key to break the code, the characters on the screen are a jumble, gibberish impossible to interpret.

That is exactly what it is like, trying to understand and fully interpret the Word of God without the Holy Spirit. I’ve said before, the Bible is an incredible, 3D matrix of truth. It is deep and wide, long and mysterious with only a small portion obviously visible, like an iceberg. Without putting on the mind of Christ through surrender and filling of the Holy Spirit, we may scratch a little on the surface, but will miss the whole picture.

The Spirit is the key to the depths of Scriptural knowledge. Everything changes when He is put in His proper place, in the lead. The Word comes alive, springing into 3D focus, and the heart and purpose will be breathed into your being by the Spirit.

Walking in the Spirit will be even more vital in coming decades while voices of deception grow louder and more dominant, and truth becomes harder to discern. Only those filled and surrendered will keep their heads above water and be able to call out frauds and deceivers. The rest will be vulnerable to following false prophets and even well-meaning teachers who take us far away from our real priorities and away from our first love, Jesus.

‘His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness.’ 2 Peter 1:3

Practice today and every day surrendering and asking the Holy Spirit to fill you. Give Him charge of your day and of your study every time you open the Bible. He will keep you on center and will reveal truth.

In addition, His presence will comfort and guide you in every relationship and circumstance. It is His role, promised by Christ to the precious people of God. Don’t miss His wonderful gift to us, of Himself!

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.

How to Change a Country for Good

Hello, friends of Faith and Fasting! Happy New Year!

My prayer and encouragement is broadly for the people of God today, not just in America, but around the world. God’s precious people fill the whole earth, just as Isaiah prophesied they would some day, after the Redeemer had, well, redeemed them.

The followers of Messiah, Jesus Christ, have indeed, spread worldwide. But the densest population of His people live in the United States. By more than 30%, we contain more Christians than any other nation. This means we contain the metaphorical heart of Christianity, whether we want to be known that way or not.

America has not always been true to her role as heart of God’s people. Many have tried to make this a political battle. Maybe there is a place for that, but I prefer to see it as a spiritual battle.

Let’s revisit one of my favorite passages, 2 Chronicles 7:14:

“If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves and pray, and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven, forgive their sin and heal their land.”

I’ve spoken of this before, but it is my strong belief the way to apply this for our country (and for your country, wherever you may live), is to recognize God said “if MY PEOPLE will do these things… I will hear… forgive… and heal their LAND!”

God’s formula for blessing His land is for His people to get right with Him. The entire nation benefits.

In the same spirit, the entire point of this blog overall is to call American Christians to renewal. For, when we are right with Him, His blessing falls upon our nation. When God’s favor and blessing is upon this nation, we in turn bless the whole world with aid and refuge for the hurting.

A few years ago in my personal life, I came to a point where I began surrendering to the Lord every morning before getting out of bed. I tell Him, “I am Yours, fill me Holy Spirit, and take over this day.” At night, before going to sleep, I pray, “Holy Spirit, take over even my sleep and dreams!”

Try it, if you haven’t already, surrendering and asking the Holy Spirit to fill you, and then give Him even your night. You may be surprised how differently you see your circumstances, relationships, and beyond.

The Spirit brings every good gift with His presence, such as patience, wisdom, and love. Everything we don’t have, He has and gives freely to those surrendered to Him.

This is how we change our country. We begin by taking this first step of trust in relationship to the Lord, putting our hand into the hand of our great Savior, Jesus, and giving His Spirit full authority. Any other changes needed in our lives are up to Him from that point forward.

This is abundant life. This is the path to wholeness for individuals and nations!

God bless America, and may she continue to bless the world. God bless your nation, wherever you may be, through YOUR obedience to Him! That is the promise of God to His people, and isn’t it just amazing?