Someone told me this morning that they woke up in the night and this oppression came over them at the thought of four more years under President Obama.
Yes, God heard our prayers. Yes, He loves us and is with us and for us. But the American people have a will and a choice and a vote. That’s the way God set things up for all people since the Garden of Eden and that’s the way our forefathers set things up since we rebelled against England’s tyranny in 1776. We are given the freedom to choose right or wrong. It’s in the Constitution and it’s in the Bible. Will there be a price to pay? Yes. Will innocent people suffer for the guilty? Yes. No one has suffered more than millions of precious babies. (If you’ve not watched the movie “October Baby” yet, go get it out of Red Box or Blockbuster Box this weekend and watch it).
So where does this leave us? What hope do we have if the majority of American citizens wants someone in office who signs laws to kill babies at a woman’s command as that new life comes down the birth canal? What hope do we have if the leader of our nation shows Israel the back door at the White House but kisses the hand of Arab Muslim leaders? What hope do we have if our news casters flash pictures before our eyes of homosexual men and women kissing each other on the mouth and repeating sacred vows meant for one man and one woman in a covenant commitment of marriage? What hope do we have if those who choose to work have to pay for food and shelter for those who choose not to work in our nation?
I truly believe we are living in the last days and our greatest hope will be realized as we spend time near to the heart of God. Yes, it is tough news. “For righteousness exalts a nation but sin is a reproach to any people.” More than ever in our nation’s history we need a band of brothers and sisters in Christ who will spend even HOURS with God day by day, making our time with Him the priority even if we have to get up earlier or go to bed later. We need to set aside time or simply fast sleep, fast food, fast entertainment, fast calendar agendas, and run to the Tree of Life, CHOOSE that tree and you will find hope, life, joy, peace, and direction in time to come.
So, in short, I see three things that the Christian needs to have in hand in the days ahead:
1. Time with God at the Tree of Life—meaning, don’t go by news reports or information on TV and internet, live by what God speaks to you in your time with Him.
2. The blood of Jesus—Revelation 12:11—there is SO much power in the blood of the Lamb and we need to stay near the cross and activate our hearts to the treasures there.
3. The testimonies of the saints—Again, Revelation 12:11-13. The saints are told they will overcome by the blood of the Lamb and the Word of our testimony.
I was born for such a time as this. You were born for such a time as this. If you stay near to the heart of God, you will have ALL YOU NEED for the days ahead.
Please click here to listen to the words of this hymn sung–Near to the Heart of God
There is a place of quiet rest,
Near to the heart of God
A place where sin does not molest
Near to the heart of God . . .
I hope you will pause here and listen to the music, focus on the face of your Lord, and listen for His wonderful voice to speak to you now, heart to heart . . . .