10.09.2013

Our God is still BIG.

As you know, I do not partake in any kind of political discussion/debate/bashing on this blog.  I firmly believe the truth of Scripture that says God places each ruler on the throne - either for blessing or judging a nation.  We may be a democratic country with the right to vote, but make no mistake!  The God of heaven and earth chose our current leadership - and He did so with a purpose.  We need not fear - we need not go crazy with frustration and anger - we need not rant and rave and wonder "what is going on?!?!"

We KNOW what is going on.  'Nothing is new under the sun' as Solomon tells us in Ecclesiastes.  As in the days of Noah, and in the days of the judges, "everyone did what was right in his own eyes."  People, leaders, and governments have been corrupt, evil, arrogant, and self-serving since the moment satan seduced Eve.  America is a nation that does not fear God.  We have compromised and sat in silence while the enemy worked quietly in the dark ... twisting hearts and corrupting minds ... and now, we are paying the consequences of our weakness and unwillingness to stand up for what is right - to stand up for what is godly.

Every generation has proved arrogant.  Ignoring threats that caused a little spark here and there because "that will never go anywhere - no one would allow it!"  But there is always someone who allows it.  The enemy has his people in places of power just as the Lord does.  And he never grows weary of making them do his bidding.

But guess what?  We have a God, THE ONE TRUE GOD, who not only never grows weary, but will one day destroy the enemy, and reign over this earth in perfect splendor with all authority! EVERY knee will bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ IS Lord, and the whole earth will see His glory - and know that HE IS GOD.

America is a mess.  But what nation has not been so?  America was born because people were fleeing the tyranny and persecution of other lands.  Did we really think Americans would not compromise?  That we would not forget our past?  Where we came from?  The Israelites forgot what God had done just weeks after witnessing a major miracle!  We get so frustrated with them when we read those accounts, don't we?  And yet the truth is - we are looking at our own reflection in the mirror!!!!

We, too, forget who our God is.
We forget His character.
We forget His demand for obedience - in all things.
We compromise in the small areas until it becomes easy to compromise in the large.
We whine and complain that things are not as we want them, instead of giving thanks "in all things."
We participate in the things of the world and wonder why we are discontent.
We bow down to other gods - sports, fashion, music, entertainment, technology, physical vanity, and wealth.
We question God.
We give excuses why we cannot be in the Word and prayer every day, and then wonder why we do not feel close to God and cannot find peace or contentment.
We respond in anger and frustration in response to our government, even though we refused to vote, make phone calls, and stand up to say NO when it could have made a difference.

We are reaping what we have sown.

And for one reason and one reason only:  We have forgotten our God.

The God who created the universe with a word.
The God who parted the Red Sea to protect His people from Pharaoh.
The God who spared Joseph from his brother's wrath.
Protected Daniel in the lion's den, and Shad, Rach and Ben from the fiery furnace.
The God who let nations repent, and be spared.
Made the lame walk and the blind see.
Calmed the storms of a raging sea.
Raised people from the dead.
Died, and ROSE AGAIN, crushing the power of death.

Our God is the SAME yesterday, today, and forever.
He does not change.
He cannot lie.
He always forgives when we repent and turn our face from evil.
His mercies are always knew.
He is faithful.
Tender.
Compassionate.
And loving.

We have to REMEMBER!  We have to cling to the God we know.  He is just as faithful now as He was in the days of Abraham .. Isaac ... Noah ... Daniel and David.  He is the same God!

"Cease striving and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth."  
Psalm 46:10

But there is another part of God's character that we tend to forget, or rarely choose to think on, because it is uncomfortable.  Even scary.  The God of the universe is JUST.  He is RIGHTEOUS. He hates sin, and He punishes disobedience.

Our God flooded the entire earth because of a wicked generation.
He wiped out entire cities because they worshiped other gods.
He destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah because of their sin.
He sent plague upon plague to destroy Egypt, and the house of Pharaoh because he refused to submit to God.
He made Nebuchadnezzar into a human lawnmower for seven years.
Generational cursing pervaded the family lines of kings and priests because of their godless disobedience.
He killed Ananias and Sapphira instantly when they were caught in their lies.

God holds His people accountable.
He holds nations accountable.

We serve, love, and worship an amazing God who designed this world with a word from His mouth, and sent His Son to pay the penalty for our sins.
We serve, love, and worship a God who is righteous and just, and punishes the sin and iniquity of people who refuse to bend their knee and submit to His holiness.

America is no longer a nation that fears God.  We care more about our happiness, our pocketbook, and our freedom to do-what-we-want-to-do-when-we-want-to-do-it than we care about thanking and praising a God who brought us to a free land where we could worship Him without fear.

Until America, its leaders and its people, is willing to bend its knee to the God of heaven and earth, we will continue to emulate the days of Noah and the judges ... when everyone does what is right in their own eyes.  And Christian, we cannot look like them!  We MUST be different.  We must say NO to culture and YES to Jesus Christ - in all things, no matter the cost.

And we must pray.  Our God is STILL BIG.  And He is powerful enough to change the hearts of an entire nation to know, love, and follow HIM.

... 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

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