Saturday, July 27, 2013

"Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely" said Lord Acton. Yes, so called great people so often become very evil people.

This isn't beyond happening with any of us really. But for the grace of God go I. 

It didn't ever happen with Jesus Christ even one time, but sadly it has happened too often with many of us mere mortals. That's why all of us post-fall really need this specific Savior and why we also need to pray for our flawed leaders. 

Sure, go take a close look at history and in the Scriptures. It's happened, but it's time to stop happening. 

This becoming way evil has sadly happened in my nation..the USA..but evil people and those who have helped them get into power don't have to stay evil. They ..and we.. still have personal choices. We can repent and believe. None of us have to let those evil people in offices of power stay in power making such bad decisions that harm the masses.

Have we had enough yet? Are we sick of the arrogance and sin and wrong here yet? We should be. We can even pray about that and seek the Lord for the good of our nation once again. 

They each ..both high profile or low.. can turn and be changed. They can together humbly ask for the spiritual awakening our Land really needs.

But will they change without believers praying. It's not likely. That's why God in the Bible tells us to pray without ceasing. And He says that the fervent effectual prayer of a righteous man avails much, so let get to Him for those we care about.

The Bible clearly tells us that "Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people." God, in Your great mercy and love, together we humbly ask You to do a new work in our Land and exalt our country again. Bless and make us a blessing to other nations. You know that we've had some great awakenings in America's History because You caused them as Your people cooperated with the Holy Spirit. You know that we have experienced wonderful times of spiritual refreshing after putrid times of spiritual pollution so to speak. We repent of our sins here. You've sent genuine Bible-loyal revivals that literally changed not only the spiritual situation, but also the moral landscape in America. We call upon You once again, Lord. Pour out all that You really desire to pour out on us again..just like You do with showers of rain. As the psalmist declared  "Will You not revive us again, so that Your people may rejoice in You?" 

"Study the history of revival. God has always sent revival in the darkest days. Oh, for a mighty, sweeping revival today!" – Adrian Rogers

"Oh! men and brethren, what would this heart feel if I could but believe that there were some among you who would go home and pray for a revival—men whose faith is large enough, and their love fiery enough to lead them from this moment to exercise unceasing intercessions that God would appear among us and do wondrous things here, as in the times of former generations." – C. H. Spurgeon

"Revival is a renewed conviction of sin and repentance, followed by an intense desire to live in obedience to God. It is giving up one's will to God in deep humility." – Charles Finney

"A revival, then, really means days of heaven upon earth." – D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones

Do you know Christ ..I don't mean religion.. in a very personal way yet? Are you kinda iffy or lukewarm in this relationship or wildly in-love with Jesus? You can know Him right now. He said He'd meet all your needs so what are you afraid of? Don't put this off another day!

A biblical revival and awakening - that's a prayer and repentance movement. And that's a soul-winning movement that impacts all of society. Yes, as we continue to pray in and outside of our local churches, let's also go live the life in His power, and vote more informed in keeping with God's heart as is revealed in what the Bible teaches us.

"Does it grieve you, my friends, that the name of God is being taken in vain and desecrated? Does it grieve you that we are living in a godless age? . . . But, we are living in such an age, and the main reason we should be praying about revival is that we are anxious to see God's name vindicated and His glory manifested. We should be anxious to see something happening that will arrest the nations, all the peoples, and cause them to stop and to think again." – D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones

Hey gang, we can do this. We can get earnest and determined inside. We can log off and go get alone in a quiet place, reach up and touch the Lord by faith. We can get real and practice what we preach and believe. We can say to over-busyness, to the world, to our flesh and whoever else wants to listen.. my life won't be in vain or powerless. We each can say Yes to the Holy Spirit and make all that is important to Him important to us starting / starting again today!

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