A few days ago, I had a call out of the blue. The person began telling me how he had lived his life in fear. Fear isn’t really my thing. If you are a believer and you play the “What if…” game (What if this happens? What if that happens?) then you usually come back to God. Yet, Christians struggle with fear.
As I talked to my friend, I quoted Craig Groeschel, “What you fear reveals what you value the most and where you trust God the least.” It’s not necessarily a bad thing…it reveals. After quoting Pastor Groeschel, I went ahead and looked for the message. You can watch one of his messages on fear here. I watched the message at 1 a.m. (I’m sure the Hubs loved that) because I do not like to post things I haven’t read/listened to all the way through.
I remembered a message we listened to on our recent trip (we listened to lots of podcast while driving). The message was from Candace Johnson and it was one of Bethel’s Sermons of the week. She told the story of an a foreign trip her husband took the first year of their marriage. He was asked to take the trip when someone else had to drop out. They were praying about it and they became convinced if he went that he would die. They were panicking. Eventually, they called pastor friends of their, Kris and Kathy Vallotton. She said they listened and then Kris asked a simple question, “Does God usually speak to you in fear?” Of course the answer was, “No”. The Bible says, “Perfect love casts down fear”. Jesus is perfect love….Jesus doesn’t use fear to motivate us, He uses love.
How many of us listen to fear rather than the voice of God?
Then the ruling by the Supreme Court came out and many Christians began to deal in fear.
I started wondering…what are we afraid of? Are we afraid that people who do not believe the same as us are going to “take over” the US? Too late. We should have been thinking about that for the last 25 years. Much of what I saw/read went back to the Old Testament and quoting scriptures about God leaving the unrighteous nation. The law has never stopped anyone from living unrighteous lives. People who want to sin are going to sin.
Laws against abortion will not stop abortion. The Church must begin to pray for the hearts of mothers to be turned to God.
We will not legislate people out of sin.
If we want a righteous, godly nation then we have to two do two things…1. As Christians we must become righteous and godly. 2. We must reach our nation with the gospel. People need a change of heart, not a change of law. Until the heart of the people turns to God, do not expect change to happen.
Our war has never been against people or even political regimes. Our battle is in the heavens.
The church has failed. We have focused on eradicating poverty, changing laws and making church relevant. We could have and should have been praying for our nation.
When prayer ceases in a nation this is what we end up with.
I think many Christians are concerned that if God is “against” the United States then we will no longer be “blessed”. Do we think that God will abandon the nation at the expense of His children, the faithful? That’s not who He is. God is still on the throne. He is still good.
There is a call once again to pray for our nation. There is a call once again to NOT give way to fear but trust God.
This past week the enemy was able to sow fear into believers all around this nation. He was able to do this in mass. In fear, believers wrote and said many things that revealed hate. The enemy sowed fear and hate spewed forth. The fear only revealed, it didn’t make.
Now we know.
We also found out that there are many Christians that are easily swayed by popular culture. People were posting rainbows all over the internet and celebrating a win. I’m not sure if people are sincerely in support of the ruling or if they are just jumping on the band wagon. It was confusing.
Then there was hate spewed from all sides. If you spoke out against the ruling you were labeled a bigot. If you said nothing people assumed you were for it or they assumed you are against it. Sharp words were exchanged on all sides.
We found out that it is fine to express opinions supporting the Gay/Lesbian agenda but free speech isn’t for those who are not in support of it. The idea that we are only allowed to speak freely if our opinion is popular is very UnAmerican. That is where I start becoming concerned. I’m concerned that the rights that our country were built on that I am allowed to speak freely about my beliefs and freely practice my religion are in jeopardy. And it does look like that is where we are headed as a nation if somethings do not change.
The enemy may have gained some footing in this battle but the war isn’t over.
We have been fighting the wrong things. We have fought against people when we should have been calling on the name of the Lord.
We have to stop being afraid of people and what they can do to us.
We have to stop allowing FEAR to be our driving force. We have to stop giving fear any leeway in our lives. Fear lies. Fear misleads.
Psalm 1 says, “Blessed is the man who walks NOT in the counsel of the ungodly” Why are we taking counsel from fear? We are righteous. Want to be blessed? Counsel with the godly. Counsel with the Great counselor.
Let’s start praying
Let’s start praying FOR something and not against something.
Let’s start praying for the Holy Spirit to flood our nation. Let’s begin praying for a spiritual awakening in the United States. We have prayed and sent missionaries around the world all the while neglecting our own land. It’s time to evangelize AMERICA. It’s time for the United States to encounter a loving, living God.