America: A Nation in Need of Prayer

28. April 2015 21:01 by Edward L. Smith in   //  Tags:   //   Comments (0)

America: A Nation in Need of Prayer

Psalms 33:12 Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, The people whom He has chosen for His own inheritance.

 

America is indeed a nation in total confusion. I’ll make mention for the sake of prayer the #BaltimoreRiots & protests. Praying that God will bring peace and cilivility. Then this past weekend the Earth shook with a 7.8 earthquake. The #NepalEarthquake is literally a land shooken at it’s core. Thousands have lost their lives and many families are broken if not totally lost. Please keep these issuses in prayer.

I think just as important if not more important is the #MarriageSCOTUS that has began here in America. Four states; Ohio, Tennessee, Kentucky, and Michigan take there cases into the highest court of the land. Nine justices will either make American a nation that supports LGBTQ marriages or a nation that supports 1man and 1woman marriages.

Those nine justices are: John G. Roberts, Jr., Chief Justice of the United States, Antonin Scalia, Associate Justice, Anthony M. Kennedy, Associate Justice, Clarence Thomas, Associate Justice, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Associate Justice, Stephen G. Breyer, Associate Justice, Samuel Anthony Alito, Jr., Associate Justice, Sonia Sotomayor, Associate Justice, Elena Kagan, Associate Justice. I ask that you keep them in prayer. Some believe they have already made their decisions but I believe the Word of God. Proverbs 21:1, 3 The king's heart is like channels of water in the hand of the Lord; He turns it wherever He wishes. To do righteousness and justice Is desired by the Lord more than sacrifice.

I have been listening to the arguments today and several things bother me. In this post I will be brief but one thing that was continually repeated was that although for thousands of years there has never been a society or a entire nation that has fully endorsed LGBTQ lifestyle on a national basis until now. These Scriptures come to mind:

1 Timothy 4:1-3 But the Spirit explicitly says that in later times some will fall away from the faith, paying attention to deceitful spirits and doctrines of demons, by means of the hypocrisy of liars seared in their own conscience as with a branding iron, men who forbid marriage and advocate abstaining from foods which God has created to be gratefully shared in by those who believe and know the truth.

2 Timothy 3:1-5 But realize this, that in the last days difficult times will come. For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, unloving, irreconcilable, malicious gossips, without self-control, brutal, haters of good, treacherous, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, holding to a form of godliness, although they have denied its power; Avoid such men as these.

This is where I have to agree with those who are seeking to redefine what marriage is. Our current society is growing more and more wicked by the day. But unlike the world we as believers who follow the Lord Jesus Christ have hope. Let us cry out in prayer Maranatha!

The early church faced much persecution, and life for a Christian under Roman rule was not easy. The Romans required everyone to declare that Caesar was god. The early Christians knew that there is only one God and one Lord—Jesus Christ—and in all good conscience they could not call Caesar “Lord,” so the Romans looked upon them as traitors, persecuted them, and put them to death.

Living under those adverse conditions, the believers’ morale was lifted by the hope of the coming of the Lord. “Maranatha!” became the common greeting of the oppressed believers, replacing the Jewish greeting Shalom (“peace”). The followers of Jesus knew there would be no peace because Jesus had told them so (Matthew 10:34; Luke 12:51). But they also knew the Lord would be returning to set up His kingdom, and from that truth they drew great comfort. They were constantly reminding and being reminded that the Lord is coming (Luke 21:28;Revelation 22:12).

I ask that you pray two things: 1) Psalms 82 Pray through this Psalm on behalf of the nine judges listed above. 2) Pray Maranatha! Our hope is in the Lord Jesus Christ. In these days He is our only hope.

About Edward L. Smith

My ministry philosophy would consist of these essentials—a High View of God, the absolute authority of Scripture, Expository Preaching, Sound Doctrine, Personal Holiness, and a Biblical view of spiritual authority. All ministries must be God-Honoring, Christ-Centered, & Gospel Saturated. (1 Corinthians 10:31)

 

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