For God, Family, and Country, the Day After

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.

Another person emailed me and said, “I feel so downcast after hearing the election results last night.  How can this happen with so many people praying?”

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 . . . .

Hope

 

 

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About Lift the Cross of Jesus!

My day job is writing--I'm an author and publisher of a number of books. More on that later. But there is nothing of greater importance to me than the early morning hours I spend with the Creator of the Universe. Although He knows everything there is to know, His greatest delight isn't to give us knowledge, but to give us love. My highest joy is to watch the sun rise with notebook in hand and write the words he speaks to my heart. I want to share some of those words with you here . . . words on the cross.
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13 Responses to For God, Family, and Country, the Day After

  1. Jean Oathout says:

    Hope, thank you for such a splendid message today! I trust it will encourage many folks to look to God for help and guidance. This is probably the main reason that He allowed this to happen. His concern is to turn our hearts back to Him, and look to Him through everything that happens. Things are going to get “worse and worse”, as the Word says, so let’s know now that He is in control of our individual lives. Our trust has to be in Him!

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    • There is no sweeter place than that spot near to the heart of God, Jean. Glad this resonates with you, too. As Americans we must remember that things have already been getting “worse and worse” for Christians in other nations. Yet it’s true it’s hard to shake that feeling of doom and gloom when you see the choices made yesterday.

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  3. Great post. I also blogged about this today. Until people get on their knees and get their hearts right with God, the suffering will continue. Meanwhile, we can’t forget Who holds us in His hand.

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  4. David says:

    I also think we are in the last days. Right now I’m inclined to think we’re under God’s judgment. President Obama was behind McCain/Palin when Freddie and Fanny collapsed and turned things around for him. Then Romney/Ryan were coming along and had a good chance to get ahead when Sandy tore up the Northeast. Romney was making a point about working across the aisle and then Obama worked with Christie and Christie was effusive in his praise of him and Romney had run into a brick wall. Sandy was a godsend for Obama, probably litterally. God’s taking us to the woodshed like he did the Kingdoms of Israel and Judah when they were destroyed by the Assyrians and Babylonians.
    Back in ’00 I was on the Great Wall (yes, that Great Wall) with one of our tour guides who was a former foreign service officer for his homeland (he’s not an American) and asked him the following. If your citizens who were in another country were continually being harrassed, abused, assaulted, robbed, and even murdered, could that lead to the recall of your ambassador? He hemmed and hawed for a bit because the job of the diplomat is to prevent such things but finally acknowledged that that might be the only recourse. I said that is the rapture. When Christians are being universally persecuted by any means possible, ostracized, and otherwise ignored there will come a point when God will say they are not listening to my ambassadors (remember that’s what we are) and recall us and then declare war on them.

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    • Jean Oathout says:

      I watched Perry Stone on a Praise the Lord program, where he had three ministers as guests. It was stated that God is trying to get the attention of His people through the hard things that are happening, to bring them to the point of seeking Him. His concern is for His Church, as well as the Jews, that they would turn to Him and begin doing what He’s asked of them; to teach the lost that He loves them. He doesn’t delight in the death of the wicked!

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      • That’s true, Jean–there’s a harvest ahead. I know I’m throwing blogs out there at the speed of light this week, but I shared a story this morning about a homeless teenager who crossed our paths last weekend. LOVE. NOthing can separate us from his love. But fear can keep us from experiencing that love.

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    • David, I love the way you always bring up China, a people that I truly love deeply. America is being shaken now, but in truth there were more Christians martyred for their faith in the last 100 years than in the previous 19 centuries combined! Later on I’ll blog about a man from Uzbekistan who came to my home a few days ago. He’s been in jail and hit around for Christ, yet he’s sitting on the edge of my couch all smiles about the way God is moving in Uzbekistan the last few years. I’ll share more in days to come. We are blessed to be Christians in America and I know those who seek God will be given fresh direction in the days ahead. But I am sounding one HUGE ALARM!! Get to the Tree of Life NOW. Know your God right now. His whisper should be as familiar as the wind on our cheeks. God really wants that from us, not just for self preservation, but so we can participate with Him in the coming days!

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  5. markssong says:

    We can never forget that we are just visitors here. Regardless of who is president now or in the future, the government of man rests upon God’s shoulders and He presides. My life, my mission and my calling are not dependent on who is president of the United States. There’s a whole world out there that we can reach. Shalom

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    • Yes–I keep singing that hymn to myself since Sunday when “Dillon” dropped on our doorstep. “Bring them in, bring them in, bring the wandering ones to Jesus!” If we lift the cross and point to it and call out to the “wandering ones”, these young ones especially will come!

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  6. Hope, I can’t thank you enough for posting this. I plan to forward what you wrote to my mom, dad, worship pastor, and his wife. This is an encouragement to us all, and it’s SO true what you said about us needing to spend HOURS in prayer. God bless you. I am SO thankful to know you.

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    • Brittany, it’s great to hear from you. And yes, each one of us needs to cultivate into our daily schedule time with God. We cannot lean on our own understanding and certainly don’t want to lean on the understanding of media on TV or internet or wherever. We can’t really even lean on the understanding of our churches. If we stay close to Jesus, we’ll know what to do next. He really needs us to hear and obey, now more than ever!

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