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The Daily Jot
Daily reporting and analysis of current events from a biblical and prophetic perspective.
Monday, January 3, 2011
The mirror of national and theological failure
A nation is a reflection of its people and its leadership. There are many who have been telling me that our nation is lost; that there is no way to get it back; that we as a people are relegated to just living out our days in a quiet Christian manner. This Jot is to give you hope and understanding that that is not God's will either for your life or your nation. As a Christian people, and I am talking to just those who know Christ, we are told by Jesus through a parable in Luke 19:13, "Occupy till I come." This is not a passive word, it is an active word, meaning to "busy oneself with." By accepting the dark conditions around us as merely "the times we are living in", we are not measuring up.
The generation in which we now live and the one previous has either failed or is failing at Christianity. We have allowed ourselves to get so far off track with various winds of doctrine that serve as distractions that we are not about occupying, but rather indulgence. Many of us think that by following this preacher or that doctrine that we are doing something for the kingdom. Perhaps we are, but perhaps also, we are not being as effective as we could without the distractions. There are many well-meaning, God loving people who write me every day asking "What can I do?" Others say that the idea of a "Revivalution" in this nation will not work, that our country, as our Founding Fathers knew it, is finished.
If our country is finished, and there can be no revival of God's Word, ethics, mandates here in this nation, then we as a people have lost our way--I mean, truly, we as Christians have lost our way. I, for one, can not and will not accept it. And I ask you to join me in refusing to accept it and in dedicating this year toward reviving your heart and renewing your mind with the gospel, the gospel only. When we understand the gospel, we will revive our Church first, and our nation will follow. It is not about buildings or hefty salaries or numbers in attendance, its about winning souls by allowing the Holy Spirit to work through you; by being obedient to the Lord's words. And yes, our task will not be without difficulties.
Jesus told Paul in Acts 18:9,10, "Be not afraid, but speak, and hold not thy peace. For I am with thee, and no man shall set on thee to hurt thee: for I have much people in this city." This is for us as well. With media the way it is more people know of Christ than ever before, but we can see that they do not embrace Him. Romans 10:14 says, "How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher?" I might ask one more question: How do you know what to preach if you do not know the gospel, or only know it through someone with another agenda? You are Christ's ambassador...embrace it, change the world.
Have a Blessed and Powerful Day!
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