"Those from among you shall build the old waste places; you shall raise up the foundations of many generations; and you shall be called the repairer of the breach, the restorer of streets to dwell in." ~ Isaiah 58:12
It had been extremely hot and dry. There had hardly been any rain for 12 weeks. The corn and other crops had wilted and looked to be beyond reviving. This would mean starvation come winter. There was no hope in their own ability to fix this situation. But this group had learned to trust God, their Creator, as God, their Sustainer. Thus, they called for a day of fasting and prayer to seek God’s face as to why He had withheld the rain. After genuine repentance and worship that day in 1623, the rain began to fall that very night and, to their astonishment, their corn revived and produced wonderfully that summer. The Pilgrims proved, once again, that prayer to God Almighty, the Father of Jesus Christ, is the way to move things in this world!
In the midst of our current crisis, we must remember that it is not up to us but the Lord Himself to change our hearts and forms of government. While our part is to work with Him in what He’s doing, our praying will be what ultimately wins this battle. God stirs us to prayer, reminding us,
“…you have not because you ask not; you ask and receive not because you ask amiss, that you may consume it on your own lusts.”
Others, beside the Pilgrims, have proven this throughout history.
George Washington prayed earnestly at Valley Forge. He prayed for help in training his army, which was made up of volunteers who were not soldiers. That winter of 1778 God answered his prayer and gave him a volunteer from Prussia, Baron Von Steuben: an officer from the Prussian army who had a passion for drill. Continue reading →
So many people who say they are believers in Jesus Christ as their Master and Savior seem to be so hesitant about participating in government. Nearly half of them are not even registered to vote! I believe this reveals a much deeper problem than just avoiding government involvement. It shows a lack of understanding (or you might say ignorance!) of what the Bible says of the position believers have in Christ.
While in my twenties, I was struggling with my walk with Christ. Some days I’d be mostly obedient. Some days I’d be mostly disobedient! I was told by many that this was the normal Christian life; that there would always be a struggle with the flesh and only when we arrived in heaven would we ever have victory in this warfare. But I kept coming across passages in the Bible like,
“But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”
(1 Corinthians 15:57)
And in John 10:10 Jesus said,
“I am come that you might have life…and have it more abundantly.”
And the Apostle Paul wrote in 2 Corinthians 2:14,
“Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ,”
Recently there’s been a lot of talk about government and the money it takes to operate it. And all this has produced is just more debt, more tax, and more destruction of our nation—while the government gets larger and larger. And if we don’t quickly return to the founding principle of America we will shortly live under a dictator.
Our Founders taught a principle to their children which summed up all the Biblical teaching about government. It was this:
“The more internal self-government you have the less external civil government you need. But the less internal self-government you have the more external civil government you need.”
America was built on this principle. The Pilgrims learned to walk in the internal self-government which the Holy Spirit produces when a life is surrendered to Christ. This started when they received Christ as their Lord and Deliverer and, thus, were born again. But the earliest among them had learned something about this internal self-government that would profoundly affect the birthing and the growth of America. In the mid-1500’s they had gone to Geneva, Switzerland to learn from a scholar by the name of John Calvin. Calvin taught a simple principle which would change the course of the Western world. He called it “renovation”. Continue reading →