We now head into fall and the beginning of a new season. My write up for this month is still to request that we pray....pray....and pray; every day, every moment; every second that the Holy Spirit nudges you. Pray for our nation....what a chaotic mess, my friends. Divisiveness within the body of Americans, political parties tearing us apart and wanting a "winner" for a power struggle, our men and women in the military whose job it was to protect who have given their very lives while others are in hospitals struggling to live. Pray for our leaders, pray for those in power, pray for those making decisions, pray for all those flooding into the USA wanting a better life, but pray for protection from those who are entering our country with the intent to harm and destroy us. Americans are just being given one sided storylines and the truth of what is transpiring is being smothered with lies and deceit. We need, as Christians, to remember that scripture tells us Satan is roaming the earth, to and fro, seeking whom he may devour. That, my friend, is not to make you question the foundational truths you have been taught from scripture all your life. He is seeking, along with his followers, to devour you...to annihilate you...utterly destroy your testimony and obliterate the truth as we know it. But I have great news! God is still on the throne of grace and mercy. He is ultimately in control of all that is happening. He is our El Roi, the God who sees and nothing is occurring that hasn't been allowed. Why, you might ask, is God allowing these awful occurrences to transpire today? Could it be, we have been asleep at our lethargic wheels thinking this could never happen in the United States of America; land of the free and home of the brave? Well, we'd better wake up and smell the toxic fumes that are encircling our great Country. God is still in control. God still rules this world. God is waiting to hear from us as we plead, "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 I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land." II Chronicles 7:14 However, during the meantime from the moment we speak our initial prayers until the answer comes, fill your life with prayers and witnessing to others. Keep strong in the Lord by placing the armor of salvation glued to your body and soul every morning. Remembering from Colossians 2:8, "See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ." May God deliver us, protect us and anoint us with His Holy Spirit each day!
May America remain strong!
Freedom...all the numerous freedoms we enjoy as citizens of the United States of America. Our flag, our National Anthem, the Declaration of Independence, and not to be excluded but it's what I remember....hot dogs, apple pie, homemade ice cream, parades and fireworks! All these remembrances display the celebration we continue to enjoy paid for by the sacrifices of so many men and women. The writers of the Declaration of Independence were like you and me...ordinary individuals who desired and fought for America to be free from another country's control. They weren't perfect, but what they accomplished gives us our rights and freedoms today. May we continue to call out to God Almighty to watch over us, but to touch our lives so that we might continue to tell others about the sacrifice Jesus Christ made for us....and may we remain...FREE, BRAVE and FOLLOWERS of CHRIST!