Uniting in Prayer for Our Land
When so much of our culture is turning away from God, how do we bring people back to Him?
The words of 2 Chronicles 15 could easily describe our situation today:
“For a long time Israel was without the true God, without a priest to teach them, and without the Law to instruct them. … During those dark times, it was not safe to travel. Problems troubled the people of every land. Nation fought against nation, and city against city, for God was troubling them with every kind of problem” (vv. 3, 5-6)
Then the prophet Azariah challenged the king and all the people, saying:
“The Lord will stay with you as long as you stay with him! Whenever you seek him, you will find him” (v. 2)
As believers, we can take great comfort in Jesus’ promise that He will never leave us or forsake us. Azariah continued:
“Be strong and courageous, for your work will be rewarded” (v. 7)
What happened? The king took courage, removed all the idols, repaired the altar of the Lord, and led the people in renewing their covenant with God. Verse 15 tells us:
All in Judah were happy about this covenant, for they had entered into it with all their heart. They earnestly sought after God, and they found him. And the Lord gave them rest from their enemies on every side.
There is power when we seek God together, with all our hearts. As David wrote in Psalm 133:1, 3 (NKJV):
Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! … For there the Lord commanded the blessing—life forevermore.
One of the greatest worship experiences I have ever attended was in a tiny church in Hong Kong. People from many nations and every ethnicity were gathered in one accord. We were of one mind and assembled for one purpose: praying about how to spread the Gospel.
We need to come together as brothers and sisters in Christ and seek God for what is eternally important. When we lose the things that bind us together, we introduce weakness into our midst because we’re not one people anymore.
So let’s unite our hearts in prayer, asking God for strength and encouragement, that His message would go forth—into our churches, into our neighborhoods, into our schools, into our police departments, into every street and city. Let’s agree that His power and presence will be manifest in our land, that we would indeed be one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. God bless you.
Joshua 24:15 15But if serving the LORD seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your forefathers served beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD.”
Apparently, some of the Israelites still had little golden “gods” that their parents had taken from Egypt. Archeologists suggest that they were very small, one to three-inch-long gold images of cows or other creatures. They thought of them like some today think of a good luck charm. Joshua was about to die, and he told them to get rid of those things. Amazing how gracious God had been to allow that compromise for so long! Now Joshua was saying that if you can’t give them up, go worship them, but I won’t!
You will come to a crossroad where you must decide once and for all. Make up your mind. Choose today! Pick between the gods of Egypt and the Amorites, or JHWH! My family is going to serve JHWH!
Standing on the fence is not serving Jehovah. He will have no other gods before Him. Life is about making this choice and then carrying it out to the end, as Joshua had done. Have you settled the issue in your heart? Have you chosen to serve the LORD? Are you sticking with that choice with 100% commitment?
The future of the nation depended on their choice that day. Your future depends on your choice. If you are reading this, God has probably made His sovereignty known to you. If you have not already made that commitment Joshua made, do it today.
Consider: Choose! See that your family chooses. Then live the rest of your life in service to that commitment.
God Cannot Lie – Streams in the Desert – May 1
- 20221 May
God that cannot lie promised (Titus 1:2).
Faith is not working up by will power a sort of certainty that something is coming to pass, but it is seeing as an actual fact that God has said that this thing shall come to pass, and that it is true, and then rejoicing to know that it is true, and just resting because God has said it.
Faith turns the promise into a prophecy. While it is merely a promise it is contingent upon our cooperation. But when faith claims it, it becomes a prophecy, and we go forth feeling that it is something that must be done because God cannot lie.
–Days of Heaven upon Earth
I hear men praying everywhere for more faith, but when I listen to them carefully, and get at the real heart of their prayer, very often it is not more faith at all that they are wanting, but a change from faith to sight.
Faith says not, “I see that it is good for me, so God must have sent it,” but, “God sent it, and so it must be good for me.”
Faith, walking in the dark with God, only prays Him to clasp its hand more closely.
The Shepherd does not ask of thee
Faith in thy faith, but only faith in Him;
And this He meant in saying, ‘Come to me.’
In light or darkness seek to do His will,
And leave the. work of faith to Jesus still.
God Wants to Do a New Thing in You
by Emma Danzey
2 Corinthians 5:17 says, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has passed away, and see, the new has come!”
God Uses Nature as a Visual of All Things New
Spring is blooming and the birds are tweeting their songs yet again. The vibrant colored azaleas and tulips begin to reappear. Trees that were once leafless and empty now start to blossom pink, white, and purple. The truth is that God wants to do a new thing in you. He wants to do a new thing within all of us. Just like nature around us is fully dependent on God to change and grow, we are too. As we admire the warmth of the sunlight and the gentle breeze, may what we see in nature be embraced in our own hearts.
When we see these visible changes and transformations within nature, we know that every moment of every day, something is happening. The more seasons we have been through, the more common they can become, so we have to be intentional to watch what the Lord is doing and to worship Him in the midst of it. The same is true spiritually speaking. As we seek God, the Holy Spirit is doing a work within us that we may not always recognize, however over time, our thoughts and actions will show the fruit of our hearts.
Anyone in Christ Is a New Creation
As we look at the work of Jesus, He brings death to life, He completes the old covenant and fulfills the new covenant, and He takes things that are broken and makes them whole. As we examine our own lives, how is Jesus continually sanctifying and making us new in Him each day? Are you being more patient with your spouse? Have you been quicker to listen and slower to speak lately? Are you being more aware of dressing modestly? Are your words of negativity fading under the sound of encouragement?
Isaiah 43:19 says, “Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.”
We cannot produce anything eternally good from our lives apart from the work of Christ. Jesus is the Way (John 14:6), Jesus is the Living Water (John 7:37-39) It is because of Him that anyone can become a new creation.
Perhaps you feel disqualified from experiencing real authentic change? Maybe you worry that your sins are too awful or disgusting to be accepted into the holy family of God? Hold onto hope because Jesus used the apostle Paul to write this exact verse in 2 Corinthians. Paul, formerly known as Saul, was a murderer of Christians until Jesus met him and transformed his life.
Recently I had the joy of hearing a testimony from a man who was incarcerated seventeen times before the age of seventeen. He ended up going to prison and while he was there a ministry met him and shared the gospel. He gave his life to Christ and he turned his life around. When he got out of prison, he went to college, got a degree, got married, his wife and him had two children, two sweet daughters, and now he is the leader of that prison ministry. This man has been made new in Jesus. If the Lord can transform a life as broken and seemingly hopeless as his, or for that matter, the Apostle Paul, then He can do the same for you. Anyone means anyone.
The Old Has Gone and the New Has Come
When we spend time with Jesus reading His Word, praying, worshiping, listening, reflecting, witnessing, and gathering with other believers, we are being refined into His image. At the moment of salvation, we are forgiven and made new. However, on the journey of life, we go through our own “spiritual seasons” where our Father is shaping and molding us into who He desires for us to be. We can trust in Him and surrender to His love as we become like Jesus by releasing areas of sin in our lives.
This all points us towards the future when the old heaven and earth will pass away and the Lord will make everything new again. Revelation 21:5 says, “And he who was seated on the throne said, ‘Behold, I am making all things new.’ Also he said, ‘Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.’”