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January 24, 2019

Walking by Faith in a Divided Nation

Scripture challenges us to walk by faith and not by sight (2 Corinthians 5:7). If we always have soulish reactions to what we see and hear, we will quickly find ourselves in a sad, disheartening place. I’m grateful for the admonition to walk by faith – it’s full of hope, promise, reminders of God’s faithfulness, and so much more.

Almost daily, I find myself listening to news, and reading articles and reports regarding the state of our nation. Of course, we are very divided on the ideals and philosophies that should guide us. Many on the left want secularism, the view that public education and other matters of civil policy should be conducted without the introduction of a religious element. Others of us hold to our faith in God and the desire that America cling to her Christian roots and principles.

Founding Father John Adams said, “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” Thomas Jefferson, third U.S. President and signer of the Declaration of Independence, warned, “…(It is) God who gave us life and liberty. And can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are the gift of God? That they are not to be violated but with His wrath? Indeed, I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that His justice cannot sleep forever…”

Indeed.

“Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God. For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” (2 Corinthians 5:20-21; NKJV)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  1. Agree with Founding Father John Adams’ statement and say, “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”

  2. Pull former President Thomas Jefferson’s conviction forward to this generation and say, “It is God who gave us life and liberty. The liberties of this nation can only be secure when they are considered to be a gift of God.”

  3. Repent on behalf of this nation for attempting to remove God from government and the public square. Repent of your soulish responses to things you see and hear about this. Ask God for His heart of intercession, instead. Get in the gap between what is and ought to be, instead of getting yourself all worked up about things you disagree with.

  4. Cry out to the Lord for the salvation of those who are working hard to remove any Christian elements form this nation, a country founded on faith in God.

A prayer you can pray:

Father, I come to you now and thank you for this great nation. You were there at its beginning. You gave our founding fathers the plan, and the words to set that plan in motion. They agreed to seek You together and they acknowledged You as the Giver of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. I say with Founding Father John Adams, “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” I agree with our third president, Thomas Jefferson, “It is God who gave us life and liberty. The liberties of this nation can only be secure when they are considered to be a gift of God.” Forgive America for how far we have fallen from these words. Forgive us for ignoring You, and seeking to go our own way without You, even wanting to remove You from the government You established! Forgive me for reacting emotionally, instead of acting by interceding about all of these things I see and hear. God, Lord, introduce many to Your Son, Jesus, and Your plan of salvation, in order for this nation to survive. We are torn in two, ideologically and politically. Save, us, Lord Jesus. Amen.

Today’s decree:

This nation will be secure when its liberties are considered to be a gift of God!