Posted by: pastortomvabeach | July 11, 2013

Thought for the Week July 14, 2013

Last week we celebrated the birth of freedom that came to our founding colonies when the Declaration of Independence was adopted in 1776. The nation envisioned and created by our founders, though not always perfect, has been a world changer in many honorable and beneficial ways. Sadly, a significant percentage of people in our country can’t even tell you why we celebrate on July 4th every year.

Bernie Gillott, an Assembly of God evangelist, who serves around the world with Global Teen Challenge, wrote about our heritage in the U.S. and offered some thoughts about where we may be headed if we don’t turn back to God. Here are some excerpts from his “Evotion”:

“Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. (Galatians 6:7) When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice; but when a wicked man rules, the people groan. Proverbs 29:2

“As we reflect on this Fourth of July celebration…there is a cry in the heart of God’s people, that we might be free again. Courageous pioneers shook off the shackles of religious persecution in European lands to strike out into a new world and build a nation where religious freedom and the truth of God could reign. Then, in 1776, laboring under the cruel taxation of King George and the chains and slavery of a colonialist regime, bold men rose up in a classic David versus Goliath confrontation with the tyrannical superpower of its day.

“Men like Patrick Henry…stood up in St. John’s church, right here in Virginia, and declared, ‘Give me liberty or give me death.’ His courage is credited with swinging the balance of power, to convince the Virginia House of Burgesses to pass a resolution delivering the Virginia militia to serve in the Revolutionary war. Two future US presidents, Thomas Jefferson and George Washington, were in that crowd.

“The final words of that speech bear our attention in 2013. As he closed his speech at St. John’s Church, the men rose to their feet as he said, ‘It is in vain, sir, to extenuate the matter. Gentlemen may cry, Peace, Peace, but there is no peace. The war is actually begun! The next gale that sweeps from the north will bring to our ears the clash of resounding arms! Our brethren are already in the field! Why stand we here idle? What is it that gentlemen wish? What would they have? Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!’

“Where are the courageous people today that will stand, not with weapons of human understanding, guns and bullets, but in the arena of prayer and spiritual warfare? Who will stand in prayer against an activist court that overturns the will of the people and…contradicts the Constitution and the very Bill of Rights itself?

“In 1962, our Supreme Court decided it was unlawful for children to pray to God in our public schools. In 1972, our Supreme Court decided it was lawful to kill unborn children…now forty million and counting (actually over 55 million). In 2013, our Supreme Court decided that marriage solely between a man and a woman is unconstitutional.

“What’s next? And our children are the real losers. First they are silenced, then killed, and now either fostered or forgotten. A hedonistic lifestyle has trumped America’s character and integrity. We are now playing God, like kids play the game of Monopoly.

“It is time to rend our hearts and cry out to God. We need His touch. The double edged sword of a nation born in revolution based on independence is that the very independence upon which it was built can become idolatry. The truth is the only INDEPENDENCE that this nation has ever known was when our DEPENDENCE was on Him. We must cry out for God’s forgiveness and his mercy.

“The blood of 50+ million babies cries from the earth! Around our nation, suicide, addiction and the poverty of soul is the evidence that despite all of our busyness, there is no peace outside of God. America, it is time to pray… NOT FOR BLESSING, but FORGIVENESS!”

What do you think? These are pretty powerful words. If you look at our history, the truly great things that America has done have all been rooted in faith in and obedience to the God of the Bible. We are a force for good as long as we are submitted to the only one who is good – our God and Savior, Jesus Christ. We completed 40 weeks of fasting and prayer for revival on June 1st, but that doesn’t mean we should stop praying. Will you be the man, the woman of courage who engages the enemy in spiritual warfare? Will you keep asking the Lord to turn us again to the principles that guided men like Patrick Henry, George Washington, and John Adams? We need revival if this nation is to continue to be a world force for good. Let’s pray!


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