Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Warfare Wednesday

"Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father."  Philippians 2:9-11

America is in a debt crisis.  Not only are thousands of Americans struggling on their own financially, now we are seeing that the country as a whole- literally- is in more debt than ever.  As President Obama and other members of leadership are trying to decide what to do about it, all we can really do physically is wait and see what decisions get made.  But of course, we also have something else we can do:  we can pray.

Once upon a time, the "American Dream" was simply of freedom.  People came to our shores from other countries where they were persecuted for many reasons.  Thousands upon thousands of people fled their homes to come to America, where they could worship God in whatever way they wanted.  The American Dream was God- to be able to worship Him, and to be able to read His precious words in the Bible without fear of being thrown in prison or losing a life.

But as the years have gone by, the real American Dream has shifted in favor of the fake American Dream- one of wealth and financial riches.  While people obviously need money to meet needs and make purchases and pay bills and such, money is not everything.  And yet media tells us it is.  While the whole country is focused on this debt debacle, so many are focusing on the worrying parts- and they are allowing that worry to affect them.  We shouldn't worry.  We really shouldn't- God knows the problems our country faces, and instead of worrying and speculating the possibilities, we should be praying and interceding for our country.  We should be praying that instead of focusing on money as everything, we, as a country, should focus on God as our everything.

We need to return to our roots in this country.  We need to remember those who came here because they were persecuted in their homelands for loving and worshiping God.  Most importantly, WE need to love and worship God, and thank Him for this beautiful land we live in.  And we need to pray for this country that is in trouble.  God knows the solution- God knows the answers that are needed to fix our troubles.  I pray that our leaders would turn to God for guidance in these troubled times, and that the people would see the need to pray.  Both for the troubled times- AND for the leaders who need to make decisions.  God knows best- we just need to ask Him.

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