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“A Rebel's Heart” ! - Terajay Music Group - Vol. #2 & Hope Street Comp Disc - #1406
STANDING UNITED, STARTING WITH PRAYER
As we reflect on our Nation's past and present events, we as Christians need to understand the important role we play in the safety, well-being and preservation of this great country we live in. It is not somebody else’s responsibility to pray, vote or stand up and be counted. It is ours, all of us.
God’s Word says in 2 Chronicles 7:14:
If My people who are called by My name humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin and will heal their land.
We all need to be on our knees asking the Lord what our part is in changing the destructive forces around us. Sometimes we feel helpless and frustrated and so just give up and tell ourselves: “Well, that’s just the way things are. We just have to make the best of it”. The Word tells us just the opposite and commands us in 1 Timothy 2:1-2 -I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone— for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.
Remember Ephesians 6:10-18: The Armor of God
10-Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.
11-Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes.
12-For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.
13-Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.
14-Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place,
15-and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.
16-In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.
17-Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God.
18-And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.
2 Corinthians 10:3-4: For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh, for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses.
The frustrating issues that we face today including gas prices, immigration, the war on terror, etc. seem insurmountable. However, if we look in the Word at the amazing miracles that the Lord performed, we see that nothing is impossible with Him. He is the God of the impossible (Luke 1:37). AND, He is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow (Hebrews 13:8).
There are so many promises in the Bible that tell us if we gather in His name, he will be there (Matthew 18:20). He tells us that we have not, because we ask not (James 4:2). And, if we come to Him, He will answer us (Matthew 18:19)
The Lord knows all and nothing has ever been a surprise to Him. If we go to Him, he will tell us how to handle the world around us (i.e. who to vote for, how to discern those that are dishonest; and how to stand up for what is righteous and just).
We have a President that is a professed believer. I believe it. He has got THE most difficult job, literally, in the world. He is not only doing what he believes is best for this Nation, he is fighting the war between good and evil. Satan wants him gone. So, Satan is using his forces and doing whatever it takes to accomplish this (1 John 5:19: We know that we are of God, and the whole world lies in the power of the evil one.). Satan is using the Media to cast doubt on our President. He is using the greed and “hunger for power” of man to control the gas prices, to discredit this President and to further his (Satan’s) agendas of destruction. (James 3:14-16: But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your heart, do not be arrogant and so lie against the truth. This wisdom is not that which comes down from above, but is earthly, natural, demonic. For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there is disorder and every evil thing).
Questions we must ask ourselves in this all out Spiritual War (whether you are for or against our President), AS BELIEVERS: 1) When was the last time you prayed for him? 2) For our other leaders? 3) Prayed against Satan and his demons of greed and destruction? AND, prayerfully kicked his (Satan’s) butt back to hell where he came from? 1 Timothy 2:1-2 -I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone— for kings and ALL those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This verse does not give us liberty to NOT pray for the ones we disagree with, but for ALL those in authority.
I, personally, stand behind President Bush. It’s easy to pray for him because I do stand behind him. But, when there is a President (like in years past) who is less than admirable, we STILL have the responsibility to pray for him.
Jesus says to “take heart” or “take courage” that He has already overcome the world (when he died on the cross and rose again) (John 16:33). The Victory is ours through Him. BUT, we have to walk out that Victory by our FAITH (1 John 5:4). It’s in our hands, folks, because that’s how the Lord set it up. Jesus gave us that right as children of the Most High God, to stand up as warriors for what is right! But, it’s up to us to make that decision. God moves when we move. Are you ready to get moving? Are you ready to take back ground that’s been lost?
I, for one, do not want to see this Great Nation fold because we did not take that right. We just stood by and watched Satan “do his thing”. DO NOT be fooled that it seems like (because of the media) that we are the minority. WE ARE NOT! It’s just that Satan’s people are speaking up. WE need to do a better job of letting our voices be heard: First to the Lord, ON OUR KNEES. And, second, listening for the guidance of the Holy Spirit as to what specific things we need to do beyond prayer (writing our Congressmen, voting, etc.).
The Holy Spirit brought something to my attention not too long ago (when I was feeling pretty overwhelmed and helpless in regard to the vastness of the Nation’s and world’s issues). He told me that public displays of self-righteous behavior against a particular atrocity (like blowing up abortion clinics or picketing), will never accomplish anything but destruction and hatred. People make the choice to do ignorant things. So, it’s the people’s hearts that need to be changed…..one heart at a time. Not in an angry….”let’s beat ‘em into submission” attitude, but, getting at the very root of the evil heart.
That’s how Jesus did it. He dwelt with the root of the hurt, not the symptoms. He was ALWAYS in prayer with His Father and He dwelt with the people with Love and Forgiveness. BUT, He never backed off his responsibility in standing up for what was right.
As singers/evangelists, we minister to a lot of people, giving the Holy Spirit free rein to do HIS thing. It’s the Holy Spirit who is changing and healing hearts individually (meeting needs, healing hurts, giving revelation knowledge and wisdom). When people really experience Jesus Christ and Who He is, they are changed forever. This change brings about wiser decisions…decisions that are made for the greater good, not for selfish gain. Have you ever heard the saying “I can make a difference in my own “world”, one person at a time?” Through Him, you can!
As you can tell, I have written this piece with passion (and MUCH prayer). I love this Nation and its people. And, I want to remain free and at peace. The Lord has given us specific guidelines in His Word to accomplish this. Unity is a major key. (Matthew 12:25: Jesus knew their thoughts and said to them, “Every kingdom divided against itself will be ruined, and every city or household divided against itself will not stand".
This Nation was founded on “In God Whom We Trust”. Let’s unite together in prayer and in oneness of Spirit to make this Nation “One Nation Under God” once again!
Dear Jesus, thank You for the privilege and honor to live in this Great Nation. Thank You for Your great mercy that You have shown towards us in allowing us to remain free. We have killed unborn babies, we have blasphemed Your name, we have put other gods (our own desires) before You, we have allowed the exploitation of the poor and innocent. In short, we’ve blown it, either through participation or complacency. For this, and our pride, we ask for Your Mercy and Grace in forgiveness. In agreement with Your Word (Matthew 18:18-20), in the Name of Jesus, we bind Satan and his demons of pride, greed, control, complacency from this Nation. We loose Your Spirit of Love, Grace, Mercy, Forgiveness, Faith, Wisdom and Hope to flow through this Nation like a healing salve. Thank You, Lord, for the privilege and the right that You have given us as Your children, to boldly go before You with our cares, our repentance, our requests AND our joys and hopes. (Ephesians 3:11-12).
In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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