I have been talking about the issues of America that are of grave concern to our church.
A. Racial tensions that appear now to have created lack of trust and respect for our law enforcement officials.
B. Bruce Jenner and his “coming out party” that has sparked many to call his confused and tragic life an act of heroism. His life is a microcosm of a great moral deterioration in America, not heroism.
C. A growing government involvement in the daily affairs of average Americans is frightening.
D. Growing poverty and government dependence is destroying American ingenuity and work initiative.
E. And terrorism. The rapid rise and advancement of evil groups such as ISIS. Again this week, they’ve kidnapped 86 Christians and at this writing no word on their fate.
F. There are pockets of revival and the rise of prayer groups and intercessions across America. Yet, at the same time, mainline churches are embracing alternative lifestyles, ordaining gay ministers, and in the name of tolerance, forsaking truth and transformation.
Where is all this leading America? What is behind all this and so much more?
Every great nation has reached a pinnacle and then went through a gradual decline. The progression consistently goes like this:
1. The first stage moves from bondage to spiritual faith.
2. The second from spiritual faith to great courage.
3. The third stage moves from great courage to liberty.
4. The fourth stage moves from liberty to abundance.
5. The fifth stage moves from abundance to selfishness.
6. The sixth stage moves from selfishness to complacency.
7. The seventh stage moves from complacency to apathy.
8. The eighth stage moves from apathy to moral decay.
9. The ninth stage moves from moral decay to dependence.
10. The tenth and last stage moves from dependence to bondage.
Again, the question is this: What is behind all of this and so much more?
Folks, we are at war. The battle that is, and is coming, is nothing less and nothing more than spiritual.
I call your attention to Paul’s words in Ephesians 6:10-18 (NIV):
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place,15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. 18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.
What is behind the decline of our nation is spiritual. America has been a beacon of Christian faith and hope.
Our prosperity and blessing has impacted millions to want to know our God. No other nation has expressed the spirit of Christ in giving and sharing its blessing like us. And no other nation in history has sent missionaries and evangelists and workers around the world loving and caring and sharing like America. Therefore, the enemy would win his most major battle to destroy our core and values and future. Yes, we are at war.
So, what do we do from here?
How do we live in times like these?
1. Feed your soul with God’s word.
2. Remain faithful to church.
- Hebrews 10:25 (NLT) says it this way:
And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.
3. Guard your walk with Christ.
4. Keep your heart tender.
Posted on Sat, June 13, 2015
by Erika Catlett