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January 27, 2021

The Appeal is Working


It surprises no one when I say America needs a revival. We are a nation of addicts and lawless rebels. The United States is the single largest market on the earth for illegal drugs and leads the world in the export of pornography. We cannot build prisons fast enough to hold our criminals. We’re rich in goods and poor in character - powerful without, weak and self-destructive within.


What about the Church in America, God’s intended salt and light for this condition?


  • Since 2007, Christianity in the United States has decreased by about 8%

  • Church attendance and Bible reading are at decreased levels of involvement. (My note; This means we have actually lost ground.)

  • Six out of 10 Americans believe “Holy Spirit is a symbol of God’s power or presence but is not a living entity.

  • One out of every five professing to be born-again Christians believes the Bible contains errors.

  • Only 44 percent of born-again Christians are certain of the absoluteness of moral truth.


Yes, we need a revival! Repentance of sin, turning back to God, and a Third Great Awakening are America’s only hope. Will this occur? YES!


In their book Is It Real When It Doesn’t Work? Doug Murren and Bard Shurin recount:


Toward the end of the nineteenth century, Swedish chemist Alfred Nobel awoke one morning to read his own obituary in the newspaper: “Alfred

Nobel, the inventor of dynamite, who died yesterday, devised a way for

more people to be killed in a war than ever before, and he died a rich man.”


Actually, it was Alfred’s older brother who had died; a newspaper reporter had bungled the epitaph. But the account had a profound effect on Nobel. He decided he wanted to be known for something other than developing the means to kill people efficiently and for amassing a fortune in the process. So he initiated the Nobel Prize, the award for scientists and writers who foster peace.


Nobel said, “Every man ought to have the chance to correct his epitaph in midstream and write a new one.”


Profound, and worth emulating.


God is giving America a chance to re-write her epitaph. If written today, it would read, “Weighed in the Balances and Found Wanting,” or perhaps, “The Giants Won.” But our gracious and merciful God, slow to anger and abounding in loving-kindness, forgives sinners and heals nations.


An army of Calebs has been awakened in America. What many have not yet figured out is that the recent election wasn’t about Donald Trump. It was about a belief system - that and a root system. Millions of Americans have awakened to the fact that their roots are being attacked. This attack has now progressed to a war on their beliefs - they’re being told what they must believe and what they’re allowed to say. They now know this.


But the seed of America was planted and her roots sprang up from an Appeal to Heaven. In spite of all the odds, the appeal worked. And we have - and are - appealing again. What this is causing, and also what many don’t yet realize, is that God himself is about to make His move. Our prayers have NOT been in vain, even the prayers surrounding the election and its aftermath. The appeals have moved the struggle for America’s destiny out of our hands and into God’s, motivated by His great love, God is coming with another redeeming wave of revival that will sweep millions into His family.


He has been challenged; He shall now respond.


A prayer you can pray:


Father, thank You for Your great mercy. Even when we are unfaithful, You remain faithful. And in Your great love, You are coming to rescue our nation. You are coming to set many free from their addictions and bondages. You are coming to free millions from deception and the power of darkness. And You are coming to establish Yourself as King and Redeemer. Nothing will stop this.


Just as You birthed America for Your sovereign purposes, You are re-birthing us. The Reset has begun. We are returning to You and returning to Your ways. We are also returning to our purpose. Revival is coming to this land and we will experience it in its fullness: coast to coast, north to south, and everywhere in between. It will be sweeping and powerful beyond our wildest dreams. Signs and wonders will be prevalent. Deliverance will be profound. And the reformation of our nation will happen much more quickly than most believe possible. We ask for this, decree it boldly, and believe it is so, in Jesus’ name...Amen.


Decree:


We decree that what God has begun will NOT be stopped.



Portions of today’s devotional (including the statistics and story) were taken from my book Giants Will Fall.