GOD BLESS AMERICA
As we witness the sun of favor rapidly setting on our once great nation, it puts a brand new ring to the invocation “God Bless America.” This wonderful patriotic song was composed by a Russian born man named Irving Berlin in 1918 and revised by him in 1938. We have all sang this song countless times through the years. None can deny that our existence & advancement has come by a God who has shed his grace on the U.S. Through wars, conflicts, & national disasters He has always brought us through to victory. We saluted & defended our flag in times of peril.
However like other great nations before us, we have allowed greatness to become our downfall. We have taken his grace for granted & felt like we could live any way we wanted to & treat God with disregard & certainly with disrespect. We became so self-sufficient & relied upon our wisdom and wealth to sustain us.
God has and God does bless America even now as we have blasphemed him by living wicked lives & passing laws that totally disregard his holy word, the Bible. As their cheers for evil and the thirst for blood in our streets, while diluted sermons from backslidden preachers without the courage or convictions to tell the people that judgment is destine to come upon those who forsake righteousness.
In summary, when I look at our nation today that loves evil more than good, saying God Bless America has a new emphasis with a true depth of desperation. The call has now become a cry God Bless America. Later will be too late it must happen now.
As we join our families & friends this 4th of July to celebrate our independence let us realize that once again we have found ourselves, not under the bondage of Britain but the forces of evil. Only God can help & I believe he would if only we would really pray “God Bless America”. 2Chron 7:14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.
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GOD BLESS AMERICA
LOVERS OF PLEASURES MORE THAN LOVERS OF GOD
2 Tim 3:4mTraitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God.
As Paul presents his catalogue of events and warning of the last days, he does so to enlighten us to the reality that we are indeed living in the time period known as “the last days”. Although many disagree with this fact, yet it is undeniable that there are incredible changes taking place in this world & time that demands our attention. Not so ironically these changes are all leading us farther away from God & his words.
One of these notable events is “lovers of pleasure more than lovers of God”. Please note that it doesn’t say pleasures are wrong, however when we love our pleasures more than we love God then we have a real problem. These end time pleasures are often if not always centered upon perversion, immorality, hate, & bias. The things people laugh at and rejoice in today would have been forbidden a generation ago. Crowds laugh & cheer as the entertainer uses the F bomb every other word. Christ & Christians are often made light of and are portrayed as uneducated simpletons & ignorant because we believe in God. These corrupt super stars haul in millions every year because people love them. Their crowds and following increases continually while church pews are emptying, they pay huge ticket prices but refuse to pay their tithes, & etc.
Nah 1:2 God is jealous, and the Lord revengeth; the Lord revengeth, and is furious; the Lord will take vengeance on his adversaries, and he reserveth wrath for his enemies.
In Daniel the 5th chapter we see a perfect example of our nation & world today. In this mist of partying, perversion, idolatry, & etc. we see the hand of God writing on the wall to declare the end of the party.
In the eyes of God mercy rejoices against judgment, however after man refuses to repent and turn from his wicked pleasures, God will indeed judge that individual or nation without mercy. God knows the heart and is cognitive of our points of affection. Jesus assures us we cannot serve two masters without loving one and hating the other. Sin brings pleasures for a season but eternal judgment reaps torment eternally.
I believe the Lord is coming soon to receive his children that have chosen to love him more than this world.
THE SECURITY OF TRUTH
I enjoy reading and listening to a variety commentators that share their view with the current events of our present society. Historically, ours is the first generation that has ruled and reigned from off the cuff and every unprecedented whim that comes to their minds. There seems to be little to no credibility to much of the trends we see that are becoming standard ways and means of behavior. However, it is right because they think it is and desire it to be that way. It hasn’t seemed to matter that we have laws that govern our way of life and determine right and wrong in society. Rather than complying to established laws that have been tested by time, they just lobby for politician, judges, & etc. that believe the same as they do and get them voted into office or appointed. This is why we have seen many states vote to stop these radical ideas only to see it fall into the hands of antiestablishment judges that overrule the voter’s choice to accommodate those who are bent on change regardless of the price to society. Through this procedures we have seen our once “One nation under God” turn into a Bible hating, prayer forbidding, antichrist country. This is why abortion on demand is the law today just as same sex marriages. The vast majority of voters objects to these practices and support the laws that forbade them in this nation for over 200 years. It doesn’t really matter what the truth is to these activist, it’s just how they feel about it that counts. One writer recently wrote “facts don’t matter anymore” it’s just however you feel. All of this is a recipe for sure failure and massive complications in our future. The scriptures plainly speak of the consequences for any nation or people that violate God’s principals.
Ps 9:17 The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God. The laws that governed our country were founded upon the basis of God’s word. They have stood the test of time because they are established truths and not mere vile ideas and philosophies of the degenerate of the last days. Facts ladies and gentlemen do matter and only truth will prevail ultimately. Jer. 10:23 O Lord, I know that the way of man is not in himself: it is not in man that walketh to direct his steps.
One agnostic boldly declared recently that Christianity will become extinct. Voltaire made a similar statement over 200 years ago but he is long gone to meet his maker and Christianity is still very much alive and well. Why, because it is based upon truth and only truth will stand.Trials, tests, persecution, and hard times may come but to every child of God we stand secure knowing that we have done our best to stand for truth and in this wicked generation Truth will stand with us. Heb. 13:5 I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.
WHAT YOU DON’T KNOW MIGHT DESTROY YOU
Several years ago I recall seeing a little cartoon that left quite an impact on me. It was a picture of a man cruising in his convertible sports car with the top down and a big smile on his face. It was obvious that he was enjoying a pleasure ride in his favorite car. He was so caught up in the moment that he didn’t notice the road sign that warned “road closed ahead.” The picture showed just around the curve construction workers had destroyed an old bridge to replace it with a new one. The driver couldn’t see around the curve and had overlooked the warning signs of impending danger he sped on to his own demise. The caption under the little cartoon simply stated “what you don’t know might kill you.”
Americans today are much like this man we are just traveling along thinking nothing could ever go wrong. In our height of earthly pleasures and carnal pursuits it is so far beyond our imaginations to suggest or think that something catastrophic is about to happen. Oh yes the signs and warnings are everywhere we look yet we can’t see them. We are having too good of a time for anything bad to happen. However, what we don’t know could very well lead to our destruction.
Matt 24:37-39 (37: But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. 38: For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, 39: And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
The preaching of Noah was mocked and ignored by his generation very much like it is in our generation. Noah’s message was purity and not prosperity, he preached righteousness and not earthly riches, he preached mass destruction of the earth and the population and lastly he preached that the Arc was the only way of escape from the judgments to come. Noah preached endlessly for 120 years yet when judgment came they “knew not until the flood came.”
2 Peter 2:5: And spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth person, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly.
Actually none of us know how long it will be before God says he has had enough with this generation just like he did in Noah’s day. We don’t know what awaits us just around the next curve of life. Our only hope is to hear the voice of God through the lips of righteous preachers and obey the salvation plan he has for us today.
Rom 10:14: 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?
God doesn’t want people to be lost and perish without him. Heaven is a prepared place for a prepared people and hell is a prepared place for those unprepared. God is doing all he can to save sinners and make new creatures out of them.
2 Cor 5:17: Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
2 Peter 3:9: The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.
Don’t close your eyes nor turn a deaf ear to the voice of him who loves you most. This is our opportunity to makes things right with our creator.
Isa 55:6-7(6: Seek ye the Lord while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near: 7: Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the Lord, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.
There is no justification in ignorance. We can never stand before him and defend ourselves by declaring “I didn’t know”.
Acts 17:30: And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent.
Study the Holy Bible and more importantly obey its simple instructions for salvation as commanded in John 3:3-8 and Acts 2:38. If you don’t obey his word then “what you don’t know will ultimately destroy you.”
IMPERFECT YET FORGIVEN
I want to say at the outset of this blog that nothing can stop you from living for God except YOU, because our salvation is a divine work of God. The contest of good versus evil started in the Garden of Eden and continues even today. Perfection on earth ended when disobedience and sin entered the human race. There will come a time when sin and death are conquered then God will establish His domain on earth & in heaven.
2 Peter 3:13 Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.
However, until then Satan’s temptations and man’s weaknesses will battle against every effort we make towards righteousness. We are all helpless and could never accomplish our eternal goal except the grace of Jesus Christ be with us. He has empowered His children with unlimited power through His name Jesus.
Luke 10:19 Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.
So we can’t use the excuse that we are just too weak and can’t life for God. We simply do our best and He takes care of the rest. Don’t allow your imperfections to hinder you from living for God.
2 Tim 1:12 For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day.
Through Christ we are assured throughout the scriptures that Satan, the flesh, and this present world can be defeated by those who walk in faith. So let’s forsake the copout used so often today the “nobody is perfect” philosophy and get back to trusting God to meet the promises His word has made.
Eph 3:20 Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us. We have Christ in us so we can make it. He is an understanding and forgiving Heavenly Father.
Rom 8:31What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us? So Get back up if you have fallen and try it again, this time with God’s anointing and I assure you that you can make heaven your home. Don’t let anything or anyone hinder you from your reward.
Titus 2:12-13 12 Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;13 Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;