Do Not Be Shaken

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I have set the LORD always before me.
Because he is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.
-Psalm 16:8

My Sunday posts are typically and purposely low-key: an image with a Bible passage or uplifting quote. However, in light of last week’s Supreme Court ruling to approve same-sex marriage, I have felt the Holy Spirit’s urging to share some thoughts with you.

The ruling about same-sex marriage should not surprise any of us. Our nation has been headed in this direction for a long time. And it isn’t just this ruling that is changing our nation from one that was founded on belief and reliance on God to one that is discarding God to appease our own desires, leaving God completely out of the process.

  • Where is God in our schools and government buildings now?
  • Why is prayer no longer allowed in our schools?
  • How did our flag go from being respected and cherished by American citizens to being stomped on and burned?

Our country has turned drastically from “one nation under God” to one of tolerance for every religion except Christianity. This should not come as a shock to any of us who have been alive long enough to witness first-hand the deterioration of the Biblical principles upon which America was founded.

But Beloved, I am not here to tell you what you already know. I want to encourage you today to never give up what you know to be true:

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God is the same yesterday, today and in the future.
He has never changed—
mankind has.

Here are some Bible passages that go along with this:

“I the Lord do not change.
So you, the descendants of Jacob, are not destroyed.”
—Malachi 3:6

Yet this I call to mind 
and therefore I have hope: 

Because of the Lord’s great love
we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. 
They are new every morning; 
great is your faithfulness.
—Lamentations 3:21-23

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.
—Hebrews 13:8

Every good and perfect gift is from above,
coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights,
who does not change like shifting shadows.
—James 1:17

Beloved, God is still God, and we can absolutely continue to trust that He is still in charge of the universe. Instead of getting angry or worrying about the way things are going these days, pray…

  • for the Holy Spirit to give you boldness in telling others about Who you believe in and why you follow Him
  • for opportunities to share your faith with those who need to hear it
  • for people whose beliefs are in direct conflict with yours, that they will allow God to remove the “scales” from their eyes [Acts 9:18] and soften their hardened hearts to see and hear the Good News that Jesus Christ saves!

Please keep this Luke 6:27-28 passage in mind, “Love your enemies, do good to them which hate you, bless them that curse you, and pray for them which despitefully use you.”

Remember that this isn’t the end of the story. God will prevail because He is Holy and causes all things to work together for our good and His glory!

He who testifies to these things says,
“Yes, I am coming soon.” 

Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.
—Revelation 22:20

 If you do not know Jesus Christ as your Savior and Lord, please visit my ABC page to read about how easy it is to ask Jesus into your heart. You will never regret it!

 

2015 National Day of Prayer is Tomorrow

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Tomorrow is
the National Day of Prayer

Beloved, we are a nation at a crossroads right now. Please join me tomorrow in praying for our country. The need is great.

From the National Day of Prayer site: 

The 64th annual National Day of Prayer, May 7, 2015, will have profound significance for our country.  It is an unprecedented opportunity to see the Lord’s healing and renewing power made manifest as we call on citizens to humbly come before His throne.

Our theme for 2015 is Lord, Hear Our Cry, emphasizing the need for individuals, corporately and individually, to place their faith in the unfailing character of their Creator, who is sovereign over all governments, authorities, and men.  To further highlight our theme, we’ve chosen I Kings 8:28 as our Scripture for this year:  “Hear the cry and the prayer that your servant is praying in your presence this day.”

2015 National Prayer by Dr. Jack Graham

Heavenly Father,

We come to You in the Name that is above every name—Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. Our hearts cry out to You.

Knowing that You are a prayer-answering, faithful God—the One we trust in times like these—we ask that You renew our spirits, revive our churches, and heal our land.

We repent of our sins and ask for Your grace and power to save us. Hear our cry, oh God, and pour out Your Spirit upon us that we may walk in obedience to Your Word.

We are desperate for Your tender mercies. We are broken and humbled before You.

Forgive us, and in the power of Your great love, lift us up to live in Your righteousness.

We pray for our beloved nation. May we repent and return to You and be a light to the nations. And we pray for our leaders and ask that You give them wisdom and faith to follow You.

Preserve and protect us, for You are our refuge and only hope.

Deliver us from all fears except to fear You, and may we courageously stand in the Truth that sets us free.

We pray with expectant faith and grateful hearts.

In Jesus’ name, our Savior.

Amen.

You can listen to the audio version here.

How to Pray for America

by Franklin Graham

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“When the foundations are being destroyed, what can the righteous do?”
–Psalms 11:3

I believe our nation is in trouble today, probably more than I’ve seen in my lifetime. We are contending with issues that are causing the very foundation of our country to crumble. Our moral and spiritual roots are eroding, the economy is misleading, family life is disintegrating, and political forces are at unprecedented odds. There seem to be very few leaders who will take a stand for God and for His Word.

It can be tempting to believe that America has reached a point of no return. While these factors cause despair, we are reminded in Scripture that with God, nothing is impossible. No problem is too great for Him. Seasons of distress and uncertainty and hardship call for faithful, fervent prayer by God’s people and remind us of our responsibility to humble ourselves before Almighty God. We cannot expect healing to come to our nation apart from obedience to God through His Holy Word.

Read the rest here.

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