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According to a recent Newsmax article by Michael Dorstewitz, YouTube, owned by Google, is now banning some pro-life customers. Last week they cancelled pro-life news service LifeSiteNews. LifeSiteNews’s John-Henry Westin said they were never even given a warning prior to Joe Biden’s administration. “The implication,” Dorstewitz went on to say, “is that the new administration ushered in cancel culture full-bore.” So much for free speech from the “tolerant” left. (We here at DSM urge you to become familiar with Rumble very quickly.)


God loves babies. He designs them. He knows them. He has dreams and visions for each one. The Bible tells us He forms each infant in his/her mother’s womb and has a destiny planned for them before they are born. Those of us who understand God’s passion for each life He creates know that abortion must end. Just as slavery was a wicked evil that brought a curse into the nation and had to be abolished, abortion must be abolished. It is destroying lives created by God.


Let me give you some hope in this battle. America has been focused on the transition from Trump to Biden in the last few months. Between all of the controversy surrounding the elections and a second impeachment trial of Trump, many have missed the quiet revolution growing at the state level. Pro-life legislation is being drafted at an increasing pace. Many of our states have conservative governors or legislatures in place; some have both. With the confirmation of Justice Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court last Fall, and a conservative majority now seated on the bench, many states feel it is time to limit abortion and promote life for the unborn. So, even though Mr. Biden has signed an Executive Order to renew federal funding of abortions domestically and abroad, be encouraged! A number of states are currently working to restrict or end abortion.

Here are some of the state-level actions:

  • The Arizona legislature is discussing bans on abortion. AZ has a Republican House and Senate, so any restrictions are likely to pass.

  • In January, Indiana’s most recent law restricting abortion took effect. It requires a woman to receive an ultrasound within 18 hours of a scheduled abortion. The hope is women seeing their baby will change their minds.

  • Iowa has proposed an amendment to their constitution stating abortion rights are not protected.

  • Kentucky has a born-alive bill moving through the legislative process. This bill would demand doctors work to preserve the life of a baby surviving an abortion procedure. (It is unfathomable that such a bill would be necessary in America, yet it is.)

  • Last Fall, a Mississippi law banning abortions after 15 weeks was overturned by a lower court. A federal appeals court agreed. The Supreme Court refused to hear the case, so for now the ban is on hold. MS Attorney General Lynn Fitch said she hoped the Court would accept the case and “allow Mississippi to defend innocent life as the Legislature and people of this great state intend.” Undaunted by the SCOTUS decision, the Mississippi legislature said they will continue to work to restrict abortions as much as possible.

  • Louisiana passed legislation mimicking Mississippi’s abortion law that will take effect when Mississippi’s law is finally approved.

  • Montana wants to restrict abortions to under 20 weeks. They are also looking to demand a woman seeking the abortion pill to have it administered in person by a doctor. (Currently, the first dose can be given by a nurse or PA and the second can be taken by the woman at her home.)

  • Ohio passed a requirement last year for the bodies of aborted fetuses (babies) to be buried or cremated. Utah has done the same.

  • Tennessee prohibits abortions based on race, gender, or a Downs-syndrome diagnosis.

  • Texas is looking to tighten their ban on abortions from 20 weeks to 12 weeks gestation.

Numerous states have enacted various bans on abortion that are being challenged in the court system.

According to the19th.org, “16 states have laws that would ban abortions if Roe v Wade were overturned. There are 17 pending abortion cases that could be heard before the high court.”

The Guttmacher Institute has a list of current state laws governing abortion here.


“For You created my innermost parts; You wove me in my mother’s womb. I will give thanks to You, because I am awesomely and wonderfully made.” (Psalm 139: 13-14)


Pray with me:


Lord, we are so thankful to see so many states working to limit or ban abortion! This is such encouraging news. We ask You to bless each of the states above for their actions to fight for the lives of the unborn. Grant them grace and favor to see continued abortion restrictions enacted at the state level. We commit to pray for their success. We commit to fight alongside our state governing officials to remove abortion from our states. We will work to put pro-life state legislators in office. We will do whatever it takes to end this barbaric practice in America.


Lord, make our states ready to stand firm against any federal legislation or executive action demanding the expansion of abortion services. We reject compromise in this area connected to federal funding. We will fight legislatively for life just as we did 150 years ago for the ending of slavery in America. We will not stop until life is made the law of the land for every precious little one.


Father, we ask You to move mightily through the Courts in favor of the babies. Their blood cries out to You; our voices cry out to You, as well. Give the pro-life judges backbones of steel. Remove those who favor allowing the death to continue. Shape the thinking more and more of the five conservative Justices on the Supreme Court into that of uncompromising positions for “Life.” Shore up any areas where they might be vulnerable or tempted to compromise. And protect them and their families from harm. We ask all of this in the name of America’s Creator, Jesus Christ. Amen.


Today’s decree:


We will see abortion abolished in America - from the state level up!



Troubling Executive Actions


The Democrats and Republican RINOs failed to convict Trump for the second time. Their misuse of the Constitution, including the altering of evidence, demonstrates not only their utter hatred of Trump and the policies he pursued, but also their complete confidence they can now do whatever they choose without reprisal. Though they do indeed hold the upper hand temporarily, they do not factor in “the appeal” - it still works. Just as our Founders, we are basing our hope on THE Upper Hand; He will have the final say.


Mr. Biden issued several executive actions beginning on his first day in office. There have been 42 to date – more than any other president has issued in their first month. Some of these orders were aimed at reversing Trump’s Executive Orders; others were executed to fulfill campaign promises. Some are very concerning.


Executive actions include Executive Orders, memorandums, and proclamations. According to a U.S. government website, “Executive Orders state mandatory requirements for the Executive Branch, and have the effect of law. They are issued in relation to a law passed by Congress or based on powers granted to the President in the Constitution and must be consistent with those authorities.” Congress can propose legislation to slow down the implementation of executive orders, or it can defund them.

States have been known to sue the federal government over executive actions that may adversely affect their populations and economies. Six state Attorneys General recently sent Mr. Biden a letter warning of potential legal action against his executive actions. Here are some examples:

  • Texas sued and won a case in response to a presidential memorandum freezing deportation of immigrants for 100 days. The court agreed that the policy could limit law enforcement’s ability to protect the citizens of the state. You can read more here.

  • The South Dakota House of Representatives has proposed legislation giving their Attorney General the ability to nullify any Executive Orders they deem unconstitutional and which could adversely affect their citizens.

  • 14 state Attorneys General sent a letter in response to the Executive Order canceling the Keystone XL pipeline. This action caused tens of thousands of individuals to lose their jobs during the COVID-19 pandemic.

While Executive Orders and memorandums are clearly political decrees, some involve spiritual dynamics. These require our prayers and our action. Here are a few we can be praying about [from IFA]:

  • “Memorandum on Protecting Women’s Health at Home and Abroad.” Forces U.S. taxpayers to fund abortion. The advancement of abortion clearly breaks the heart of God. Abortion opens a nation to sin and removes the blessing of the Lord. In this case, we would not only be funding abortion within the United States, but also in other nations.

  • “Executive Order on Advancing Racial Equity and Support for Underserved Communities Through the Federal Government.” Supports the premise that America was founded in 1619 by slaves. Dissolves the 1776 Commission President Trump established to promote patriotic education and the true story of the founding of America. We maintain that America was founded by God for His divine purposes. Our Founders sought Him in intercession, and He answered with wisdom from above. No one should be able to abolish that heritage with the stroke of a pen. We say that God will be honored and not removed from the history of America.

  • “Executive Order on Preventing and Combating Discrimination on the Basis of Gender Identity or Sexual Orientation.” Promotes transgenderism. Allows biological males to compete in women’s sports and to use bathroom and locker room facilities of their choice. In Genesis 1:26-31, the Bible tells us that God created mankind in His image as male and female. This executive order violates God’s biological law and lifts protection from the women of America. Additionally, it causes an unequal playing field for women in competitive sports, potentially affecting scholarships and future careers. While liberals say they want equal rights for women, this order denies that to them.

We will not stop telling the true and correct stories of God’s relationship with the people of this land. We will correct history in every way we can. We will stand against laws and statutes that remove God and His ways from our society. We and our children will honor the Lord in America.

“There is no one holy like the Lord, indeed, there is no one besides You, nor is there any rock like our God. Do not go on boasting so very proudly, do not let arrogance come out of your mouth; for the Lord is a God of knowledge, and with Him actions are weighed.” 1 Samuel 2: 2-3


Pray with me:


Father, America was founded by You for Your purposes. We acknowledge that fact and desire to see You honored in the law of the land. Our hearts break with Yours over some of the political decisions being made by executive action. We ask You to forgive our nation for its arrogance against You and Your ways. Your laws are being ignored and broken. You are being rejected. Your word speaks of those who do not honor You or give You thanks, but “became futile in their reasonings, and their senseless hearts were darkened. Claiming to be wise, they became fools” (Romans 1:21-22).


Thank You for the state legislatures and state Attorneys General who are fighting for us at the state level. We bless them and pray that they will have wisdom and boldness. Grant them divine strategies to know how to push back against unjust executive actions. Help them develop cases to protect the citizens of their states. Protect our livelihoods. Protect our babies in the womb. Protect our women. Protect our nation’s heritage and history honoring You.


Father, we are confident that prayer - “the appeal” - still works. Our faith is not in government. As President Ronald Reagan wisely said, “government is not the solution to our problems; government is the problem.” We ask You to turn this nation around, to restore it fully. We thank You that satan’s plan to take over our nation - Valkyrie - has now fallen and will not succeed. You are exposing the hideous evil pervading many of our leaders, and You are going to send a GREAT revival, giving America a Reset and fresh start. Thank You, Lord. In Jesus’ name...Amen.


Today’s decree:


We honor the Lord and His Word, His history, and His heritage in this nation.



The Rewarding Pursuit


Ceci loves to garden. While living in Colorado, her painstaking efforts were challenged, at best. Long winters, the ground never really warming up while living at 7500 feet and summer nights always being in the 50-60’s - even during the months of July and August - made gardening nearly impossible. Therefore, tomato plants and potted herbs lined our back deck. It was a bit frustrating to a Mississippi farm girl not to be able to have her own garden with fresh-grown vegetables.


She tells me there’s something about having your hands in the dirt, smelling it, feeling it flow through your fingers, and knowing it can bring life that feeds her soul. I don’t get it. I grew up playing sports, not living on a farm, as she did. Publix seems to work for me.

Upon moving to the South, Ceci quickly scouted out the best “plot” for her small vegetable and herb garden. I would see her there early in the mornings, on hands and knees pulling weeds, staking tomato plants, and hoeing maverick grass trying to encroach upon her beloved garden. After a while, she would return to the house with dirty gloves (yes, she protects those nails), sweaty clothes, a bit sunburned, with dirt on her face. Except for the fight with rabbits who wanted to nibble the tomatoes, her gardening efforts were successful.


In the book First Things First, A. Roger Merrill tells of a business consultant who was moving into a new home. He decided to hire a friend of his to landscape the grounds. She had a doctorate in horticulture and was extremely bright and knowledgeable. . . Because [the business consultant] was very busy and traveled a lot, he kept emphasizing to her the need to create his garden in a way that would require little or no maintenance on his part. He pointed out the absolute necessity of automatic sprinklers and other labor-saving devices. . .


Finally, she stopped and said, “There’s one thing you need need to deal with before we go any further. If there’s no gardener, there’s no garden!”


As I continue to think about David and his desire to move the Ark of the Covenant to Jerusalem (as mentioned in yesterday’s post), I thought about the tiring process of carrying the Ark. Then I realized, if there are no tired shoulders, there will be no Ark. Some things, however, are worth long hours, sweat, substantial effort. . . and even splinters.


Our world has become obsessed with convenience. Whether it be our food, travel, communication, or gardens, we’re determined to live “new cart” lifestyles. The trend has finally made it into the Church. We offer many convenient times, styles, locations, and even the choice to watch from home in your pajamas. Because our lives are so busy, we even offer condensed and abbreviated versions. Some congregations are now so efficiently convenient, they can serve you your weekly God-connection in forty-five minutes, less time than it takes to watch your favorite television show: fifteen minutes of worship, fifteen minutes of announcements and fellowship, and a fifteen-minute message. “And by the way, we promise not to mention anything that might convict or sadden you. There’ll be no sin talked about, no grieving over the lost, and no mention of social and moral injustices such as abortion, human trafficking, or the state of our nation. We strive to make it quick, easy, and pleasant.”


I don’t believe our new-cart version of Christianity is God-honoring or biblical. The pleasure of His company is readily available, but it’s not cheap or convenient. It will cost you time and effort. God wants intimacy with us, but He isn’t an easy score. He expects marriage and covenant, not one-night stands. But I assure you, He is more than worth the price.


David and his leaders decided to give it another try - the inconvenient way. “Let’s carry Him ourselves, on our shoulders and next to our hearts. It will be hard work and will take all day, but having His presence and glory nearby will be worth it.”


“Now it was told King David, saying, ‘The Lord has blessed the house of Obed-edom and all that belongs to him, on account of the ark of God.’ David went and brought up the ark of God from the house of Obed-edom into the city of David with gladness. And so it was that when the bearers

of the Ark of the Lord had gone six paces, he sacrificed an ox and a fatling. And David was dancing before the Lord with all his might, and David was wearing a linen ephod. So David and all the house of Israel were bringing up the Ark of the Lord with shouting and the sound of the trumpet.”

(2 Samuel 6:12-15)


In the book of Chronicles’ account of this, we’re told that “God was helping the Levites who were carrying the Ark of the Covenant of the Lord” (1 Chronicles 15:26). Isn’t that encouraging and so typical of God’s heart? When we honor Him by seeking His presence in the appropriate manner, He makes it easier to find Him. Our Father wants our company. He desires to spend time with us.


For David, it had finally happened. The presence junkie would have unfettered access to Yahweh and His glory. He placed the Ark in a tent, called simply the “tent [or tabernacle] of David,” and filled it with 24/7 worship. (Mind you, there were no non-stop digital players; this was 24/7 worship done by individuals.) History tells us David himself spent hours at a time lingering inside. The inconvenience of the process had been rewarded with the enjoyment of His presence. Persistence, pursuit, and presence had won.


This can be your story, as well. On this side of the Cross, our hearts are the tent. Wow! As unfathomable as it may seem, we are now the Holy of Holies. His presence is always with us and in us. You be the cart - that’s what He really wants. Carry Him everywhere you go.


Reach for Him; He’ll reach back. Make Christ your magnificent obsession, Yahweh your papa, and Holy Spirit your daily companion. Never again settle for the substandard existence of life lived without the pleasure of His company.


“We now have this light shining in our hearts, but we ourselves are like fragile clay

jars containing this great treasure. This makes it clear that our great power is from God, not from ourselves.” (2 Corinthians 4:7 NLT)


Pray with me:


Father, You are worthy of the highest praise and adoration, and the furthest possible reaches of our love. Jesus, there is nothing we could ever give or do or say that would be equivalent to Your great sacrifice. You’ve paid the price in full that we might have salvation, and yet, to freely bask in Your glory, there is still a price that must be paid.


How can we bring You an offering that costs us nothing? Father, we repent for doing this very thing - trying to access the most exquisite of blessings while limiting You by wanting it to be easy and convenient. We confess that at times, we have been casual seekers of convenience instead of constant lovers of Your presence.


Today we purpose in our hearts to give our time and effort toward fueling an intentional, passionate pursuit. May we become an Ark of Your glory and Your presence. You are worth it all.


As we have been reminded today, we now refuse to live without experiencing the great pleasure of Your company, the depths of Your compassion, and the power of Your resurrection. We ask the same for our great nation. Come and visit our land. Jesus, be our magnificent obsession.


In Christ’s name...amen.


Decree:


I pledge to live underneath the shadow of His presence and to be a passionate pursuer of His will.



Portions of today’s post were taken from my book The Pleasure of His Company.





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