Daily Devotional for Friday November 11, 2016
What the Election of Donald Trump Means to the United States Spiritually
***DAILY PERSONAL PRAYER FOR YOU: Dear Lord, use me as an instrument to bring unity within your Body. Help me to take my stand for you with other brothers and sisters in Christ who won't bow their knee to baal, or compromise their faith for ANY reason. Empower me through your Holy Spirit and let me be part of your Body, walking in unity for your glory! In the name of Jesus I pray, AMEN!!!
***ON THIS VETERANS DAY, THE DAILY DEVOTIONAL TODAY, IS DEDICATED TO THOSE BRAVE MEN AND WOMEN OF OUR MILITARY WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES OVER THE LAST 240 YEARS TO INSURE THAT THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA WOULD REMAIN A LAND OF FREEDOM AND OPPORTUNITY TO THIS WORLD. WE ENJOY THE INCREDIBLE BLESSED LIFE WE HAVE TODAY BECAUSE OF THE SACRIFICES OF THOSE WHO UNDERSTOOD THAT FREEDOM AND ONE NATION UNDER GOD WAS WORTH DEFENDING AND PAYING THE ULTIMATE PRICE FOR.
MAY GOD BLESS THE BRAVE MEN AND WOMEN OF OUR MILITARY, TODAY, AS THEY CONTINUE IN THIS GREAT TRADITION OF SERVICE SO THAT OUR CHILDREN WILL KNOW THAT SAME FREEDOM FOR MANY YEARS SHOULD JESUS TARRY IN HIS RETURN. I PRAY DAILY THAT GOD WILL WATCH OVER THEM, KEEP THEM SAFE, AND BRING THEM HOME SOON TO THEIR FAMILIES AND A GRATEFUL NATION.
With the election of Donald Trump as the next President of this nation, as I shared several times, it will not change the spiritual course of our land but does give this nation a small reprieve from a government that opposes God on every spiritual issue of the day. God raises men into power and takes them out of power. The election of Trump is a sign from God that we still have a chance to turn our nation around SPIRITUALLY!!!
The question remains will we be like the children of Israel or the people of Nineveh? The United States is at a fork in the road. We will either experience the full wrath and judgment of God like the children of Israel, or we will see God stay His hand of punishment for a season and millions get saved like the people of Nineveh!
In the Old Testament, while the priests of the day sat in their beautiful homes, dressed in the best clothes, eating the most sumptuous food, living like royalty by compromising with the politicians of their day and telling the people things to make them feel good for a few minutes in order to keep the money rolling in (sound familiar?), the prophets lived in caves, dressed in meager clothes, ate cow dung, and were scorned, ridiculed, hated, and dismissed by the masses as fools.
Why? Because the prophet couldn't be bought by the politicians of the day. The prophets called out the priests for their compromise and using God for their own commerce. The prophets had the guts to not care about people being upset with their message, since their only loyalty was to God and the message He gave them to preach. No matter how unpopular their message was, no matter how many times they were beaten, thrown in prison, spat upon, they never wavered.
Sadly, many times in the early history of Israel, they turned their back on God. They engaged in every kind of sin you can name. They forsook God for the false gods and idols of the world. The prophet saw the judgment of God coming. The prophet warned the people of his coming wrath if they didn't repent. There was a remnant, those who refused to bow their knee to baal. However, this remnant was mostly silent.
The masses of the day rejected the warnings of the prophet. As the prophet warned, God's wrath and judgment was poured out on the children of Israel. I have no doubt they were oblivious to what was about to happen. I also have no doubt that as they suffered the judgment of God they remembered the warnings of the prophet that they tuned out and ignored!
The hope for this nation lies in the account of what happened in Nineveh. God sent a very reluctant and rebellious prophet to Nineveh. God had to deal with Jonah in a harsh way before he was willing to deliver God's Word to the people. However, once he was obedient, the people not only heard his warning of God's pending judgment, but they responded!
The Bible tells how they repented of their sins, they turned to the God of Israel, and millions were saved as God stayed His judgment for a season. AMEN! My Bible says God is no respecter of person. If God stayed His hand of judgment on the people of Nineveh, God will stay His hand of judgment on the people of the United States! The key is, will we respond to the warnings from the prophet as the people of Nineveh, or will we respond to the warnings from the prophet as the children of Israel?
I love you and care about you so much! Pray for President-elect Trump and his family as the Bible instructs us to do for our leaders, and like I have daily for President Obama and his family. Just like in Israel, there is a remnant, those who are faithful to the Lord and won't bow their knee to baal! Today, the remnant here in the United States must not be silent but rise up! As I have faithfully delivered God's Truth for 25 yrs, every day here at Liveprayer for 17 yrs, I can't do this alone. I need you, the remnant, to rise up and help me!
I made the decision 25 yrs ago that my only allegiance was to the Lord and His Truth, to see souls saved. I have had numerous opportunities over the years to compromise as so many do in order to raise money. I have had the opportunity over the years to soften the message, not deal with the real issues, so people will feel good instead of being challenged.
Because I have refused to play the games most in large ministries do just to raise money, because I don't play church politics, like the OT prophets, I am scorned, ridiculed, hated, both by the Christian establishment and those who deny God and His Word. But that is OK. In the end, when I take my last breath, like each one of us the only one I have to answer to is God.
When my work is over, I want to proudly bow before our Lord knowing I had run the race, I hadn't compromised, I hadn't sold out, I had been faithful to the Gospel, and the fruit of my labor are the tens of millions of lives impacted for the Lord and the 1,000,000+ souls we know of who came to know Jesus by faith!
All of that has only been made possible by friends like you, the remnant, who has stood with me in prayer and making the sacrifice to give to enable this ministry to do the work we have been called to. I ask again, "will we respond to the warnings from the prophet as the people of Nineveh, or will we respond to the warnings from the prophet as the children of Israel?"
In His love and service,
Your friend and brother in Christ,