Praying for America:

2 Chronicles 7:14 – “If my people who are called My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and even forgive their sin and heal their land.”

No matter what noble advances the world has made towards freedom, we still see dreadful instances of injustice. WILL “JUSTICE FOR ALL” ever be reality?

There have always been clashes between the privileged classes and those oppressed by them. But while these contracts have always existed, the time in which we now live in unique. Our world is now so interconnected by the internet that injustice observed anywhere is distributed instantly everywhere. As a result, the fractured masses of humanity are unified and polarized – and the cry for justice is accelerated to a boiling point!

Bible prophecy indicates that this extreme polarity is to be especially in the time of the end.

PRAYER FOR SALVATION and BAPTISM IN THE HOLY SPIRIT

Heavenly Father, I come to You in the Name of Jesus. Your Word says, “Whosoever shall call on the name of the LORD shall be saved” (Acts 2:21).

I am calling on You. I pray and ask Jesus to come into my heart and be Lord over my life according to Romans 10:9-10: “If thou shalt confess with thy mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in thy heart that God has raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” I do that now. I confess that Jesus is Lord, and I believe in my heart God raised him from the dead. I repent of sin. I renounce it. I renounce the devil and everytime he stands for. Jesusis Lord.

I am reborn! I am a Christian – a child of the Almighty God! I am saved! You also said in Your Word, “If ye then, being evil, know how to give good girftscto your children: HOW MUCH MORE shall your Heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?” (Luke 11:13). I’m also asking You to fill me with the Holy Spirit. Holy Spirit, rise up within me as I praise God. I fully expect to speak with other tongues as You give me the utterance (Acts 2:4).

IN JESUS NAME AMEN AMEN AMEN AMEN AMEN AMEN AMEN AMEN

The 7 Principles of God!!

The Seven Principles of God’s Liberty and Judeo-Christian Ethic!!                                          

In this blog we will learn 7 basic principles that liberty when applied by individuals or nation. There are teachers that identified these principles and recorded then in Teaching & Learning America’s Christian History. As a summary we will examine each of these principles. While these teachers stated them historically, we will state them in general terms since they are applicable to all areas of life.

When Our Nation’s Founding Fathers gave us documents such as the Declaration of Indepedence, the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and others, they had to lean upon a common understanding of law, government, social order, and morality. That understanding sprang from the common acceptance of what has come to be known as the JUDEO-CHRISTIAN Ethic, which is the system of moral and social values that originates in the Old and New Testament of the Word of God.                              

Whether each of the Founding Fathers was a Christian is not a issue, their writings, their statements, and their votes evidence that fact the majority of them embraced these great principles as the basis for a civilized nation.

The Price of Liberty:

Consistent Party Politics. This is the price of liberty for us today. Our Founders paid a higher price with their “lives, liberty and sacred honor.” Of the fifty-six signers of the Declaration of Indepedence,  nine died in war, five died from torture, two lost their sons, and 12 lost their homes. But Thomas Jefferson said that the price of maintaining thatliberty is “eternal vigilance.”

James Monroe said:                                                                           “The establishment of our institutions forms the most important epoch that history hath recorded. To preserve and hand them down in their utmost purity to the remotest ages will require the existence and practice of the virtues and talents.”                          

The power of our republic is on the local level with “We the People.” If we are virtuous then it is a good power; if not, then it is dangerous. The trend toward secularism today is making the possibility of virtuous people and rulers even more remote. Charles Finney said the following:

“The church must take right ground in regard to politics… The time has come that Christians must vote for honestmen, and take consistent ground in politics, or the Lord will curse them. God cannot sustain this free and blessed country, which we love and pray for, unless the Church will take right ground. Politics are a part of a religion in such a country as this, and Christians must do their duty. He [God] will bless or curse this nation, according to the course they, (Us) [Christians] take [in politics].”

Hopefully, you have been inspired to do many things as a result of this (article) blog. One thing of great importance is for you to fulfill your Biblical duty to choose a godly representative by getting involved in local party politics for the rest of your life. Edmund Burke once said,               “All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.”

The 1st Principle, the Dignity of Human Life, Power, and Form.

External forms always result from an internal power. This is true for civil government, churches, homes, businesses, or associations. Both power and a form are needed for anything to function properly. The Bible speaks of certain men who hold to a form of godliness yet deny its power (2 Timothy 3:5). Those that do are dead in their faith. The internal power, or Spirit, is the, ife or energizing force and is essential for any form to work as it should; yet, a form is absolutely necessary to channel power properly.

For zn analogy revealing the need for both power and form, let’s consider a fireman fighting a fire. If he rushed to a fire with his hose (the form), but not turned on the fire hydrant and, therefore, did not have water (the power) flowing through it, the fire would rage on. Similarly, if he just went and opened the hydrant without a hose attached, he would do little, if any, good in extinguishing the flames. Both a power and form are necessary.

We not only need power and form, but we also need a balance between the two. Too much form causes all involved to dry up, while too much power causes them to “blow up.” Communism, for example, produces a form of civil government that relies almost totally on external pressure to keep everyone “in line.” The internal creativity, life and motivation of each individual is suppressed by these external constraints.

An over – emphasis on power with little form leads to anarchy and eventually bondage. Historically, this can be seen after many national revolutions, the French being an excellent example.

The Scriptures emphatically teach the great importance of the respect and preservation of human life. In the Declaration of Indepedence our nation’s Founding Fathers wrote that everyone has “unalienable right,” and that among these are “life liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.” We Americans not only believe this for our land, but also we send our brave military men and women are around the world to defend the rights of those who are threatened.

If people and nations do not grant ultimate respect and protection to both born and the unborn, all other professed morals and values are meaningless. The dignity of human life os not just a principle of the Bible – it is the first principle of any civilized society.

The 2nd Principle – God’s Principles The Traditional Monogamous Family

This principle is stated by Teaching and Learning America’s Christian History as follows:

“Everything in God’s universe is revelational of God’s infinity, God’s diversity, God’s individuality. God creates distinct individualities. God maintains the identity and individuality of everything which He created.”

God does not create carbon-copy molds of anything – be they humans, animals, trees, minerals, mountains, rivers, planets, or stars. Everything He creates is unique and distinct, yet there is a unity among all things for God created them all.

God’s Principles of Individuality reveals a unity with diversity for all creation. Take snowflakes for example. All snowflakes are alike in their material composition (frozen H2O) and their structure (all have 60° between their axes), yet no two snowflakes are alike in their crystal growth patterns. William Bentley, affectionately called “Snowflake” Bentley, was the first person to photograph and study snowflakes in depth. Around the turn of the century, this farmer, with his wooden box camera, photographed

A Prayer for Labor Day (and all other Days!)

This Labor Day, lets remember the power of prayer 9ver our work. Whether you have a job you love, and facing difficulties in the workplace, or are experiencing job loss, God has a plan for this season in your life. Use these prayers on Labor Day and all days to remember that God designed work to be fulfilling and to bring Him honor!

Prayer can significantly impact the work that we do and the way we see it. Yet in our day-to-day prayers, we often exclude the needs we encounter at work. For whatever reasons, our work and workplaces do not enter our minds as we pray. As a result, we may not experience the fullness of what God wants for us when we’re at work. When we start praying for our work, we recognize that God is active in all we do, “Spiritual” lives. And this is transformative. Yet prayer doesn’t change God’s heart toward our work as mush as it changes ours. And we begin to see it, we experience the power of prayer and of God’s grace.

Use these prayers on Labor Day and all days to remember God designed work to be fulfilling and to bring Him honor:

A LABOR DAY PRAYER!!

Lord, I first want to say thank you for this day of rest. Help me to turn off distractions and find true sabbath tbrougb my relationship with you. Show me how to live that is focused on your purpose in my work and in my rest.

A Prayer for a God-Honoring Work Life!!

Father, I co e to you thankful that you have made work a part of my life and given me the opportunity to glorify you in my work. Thank you that I can work hard and go to bed tired each day. Thank you for the good days and the difficult ones, and for the gifts you have given me to help this world be a better place through my work.

While I know work is good, I also know our work today isn’t what you intended and is often hard and frustrating. We all know sin’s consequences on work; toilsome labor, injustice, and trails; and also the painof wanting work but not finding it. May these painful situations drive me to a deeper longing for the return of Christ and consummation of all things – including work.

May the gospel shape my work habits and attitude, help me to avoid the dual dangers of not working enough (laziness) and working too much (making work an idol). Help me to bea humble, teachable, hardworking, and complaint-free employee, even when doinvthe mundans tasks I’d rather avoid. May I work in faith and be motivated by a love for you and a love for those whom my work benefits.

A Prayer for Spirit-Led Work:

Establish the work of my hands by helping me to be productive, patient, focused, and insightful. May your Spirit lead me in my work and help me fo be joyful, creative, and worshipful-constantly reminding me of your love and that you’re the reason I have breathe in my lungs. Teach me to align my work, family, church life, and rest in a way that would maximize your glory and allow me to bear the most fruit for your Kingdom.

Cause my work and attitude to adorn the gospel and shine the light of Christ into this dark and desperate world.