From The Pastor

Dear Church Family,

 

As our country celebrates its birthday this month, I was reminded of a message I read concerning the need of prayer for America. We all would agree that our country needs prayer, but what kind of prayer and what do we pray for?

 

Proverbs chapter one records, that when we forget God and stop listening to His Word, He abandons us to the consequences of our sinful choices. Also, in Romans chapter one, Paul writes, beginning in verse 18, that God’s wrath is displayed in the form of abandonment, because people are involved in all forms of ungodliness and unrighteousness and have suppressed the truth of God. For they have exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshipped and served the creature, rather than the Creator.

 

When people’s lives go in this direction, God gives them over to a depraved mind (Romans 1:28). What is a depraved mind? It’s a mind that can’t see truth, morality and righteousness; darkened in its reasoning and understanding (v.21), can’t think, can’t reason, can’t comprehend.

 

So why does it happen? It’s about God’s truth! Look back at verse 18 in Romans 1. When we suppress the truth, hold it back, keep it hidden, take it out of its place of supremacy, we open the door for the wrath of God. From the beginning, in the Garden of Eden, it was a question of truth. Will we believe God and His truth? God saves through His truth (I Peter 1:23). We are sanctified by the word of Truth (John 17:17). We are set free by truth (John 8:32). When God’s Word (Truth) is taken out of our lives and out of society, people become dead in the head (no reasoning, no understanding, no discernment) and dark in the heart (immoral, unrighteous, perverted). As a nation, we are witnessing what happens when we suppress the truth of God.

 

Psalm 81 gives us direction concerning praying for our nation; verse 11, “But My people did not listen to My voice (Word)…and did not obey Me…so I gave them over to the stubbornness of their heart, to walk in their own desires.” But verse 13 reveals God’s heart for America, “Oh that My people (Christians) would listen to me…and walk in My ways!” No more compromise, no more pretending, no more mediocrity. This is not a time in America for the church and believers to be weak, fearful or intimidated, but to be steadfast, immovable and strong in the Word of the Lord. Verses 14-16 states what God will do…He will pour out His blessings. Pray that the Word (God’ s Truth), as Paul said, would have free course and that it would run with all its power across this land, that people would hear and believe and be saved and set free, all to the glory of God.

 

Pastor Kirk

 

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