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Saturday, January 30, 2021

Peace On Earth, Good Will To Men

 

This morning, sunshine streamed through my windows. Compelled to see this first-hand and soak up some much-needed vitamin D, I rushed out the back door without my coat. The brightness in the sky made me think of warmth. But frigid air jolted my senses. Everything within view was covered with snow or white frost.

 

Standing on my back stoop, I gazed toward the sun. Its early morning brilliance, hindered by the frosty sky, appeared to be shining through a translucent disk. Light hit the trees casting shadows and creating beautiful contrasts to darkness. I took a moment to pray, thanking God for His creation—that He quickly confirmed was passing away.[1]

 

I lasted about a minute outside and then scooted back in. Checking my phone for the outdoor temperature shocked me. TEN degrees! Brrr!

 

I thank God for the cold because I know it kills many germs that would seek to harm us come spring. Still, peering out my window and seeing that beautiful sun fooled me into thinking it was much warmer than it was—warmer than the date on my calendar suggested. Suddenly, the Lord impressed upon my heart:  physical eyes are easily deceived. What we see isn’t always spiritual truth.

 

TRUTH is God’s Holy Word—Jesus Christ the Living Word.

 

I understood. Some seeing with physical eyes may view our nation’s current situation as warm and inviting like I did the sunshine. But right now, the spiritual reality is the exact opposite. All things will happen according to God’s plan. Only He knows the end from the beginning and how long we have until Jesus returns for His church. But Jesus did say, when these things begin to happen, we should look up and lift our heads because our redemption draws near.[2]

 

As frigid temps gripped me this morning, so did the thought of how many hearts grow cold toward our God. The falling away has commenced and is rapidly increasing.[3]

 

HATE is strong in our nation, just as Longfellow wrote on Christmas Day 1863 after he had endured personal tragedies and when the American Civil War was in full swing. Yet he ended each stanza with a portion of Luke 2:14, “…peace on earth, good will to men.”

 

Commentaries and other translations imply the KJV scholars mistranslated this verse. They say the PEACE offered by the angels was only for those upon whom God’s favor rests. While I know the PEACE of God that surpasses understanding[4] may be conditional, their interpretation of Luke 2:14 flies in the face—defies—what I know of my great God and Savior, Jesus Christ.

 

Through Scripture, we learn our Almighty Triune God loves His creation,[5] and SIN grieves Him.[6] “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men” was given to a dark world in the fullness of time.[7] God’s holy angels announced the birth of the One who would bring in everlasting peace. Through Him, through His physical, human birth, giving God, who is Spirit, the ability to die as our substitute, PEACE was offered to EVERY man, but is only imparted to those who believe and receive Him.

 

Wondering why I’m referencing a Christmas verse when we are over a month past Christmas? Well, with the current state of our Union, PEACE is shattered. Chaos ensues. And it feels as though another civil war is raging.

 

Father God, the signs are here. Your great wrath upon SIN is fast approaching.[8] We live in a dark world desperate for Your PEACE. Help us to love our enemy, pray for their salvation, and to be Your beacon of light as long as we can. Move us, O Lord, to seek first the kingdom of God and Your righteousness, for You are our strength.[9] Grant us good cheer[10] as we navigate our troubled times—this prelude to the 7-year tribulation—coming upon the whole earth.[11] Lord Jesus, provide Your comfort and PEACE—as You promised, saying, Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”

 



[1] I Corinthians 7:31; I John 2:17

[2] Luke 21:28

[3] II Thessalonians 2:3

[4] Philippians 4:7

[5] John 3:16

[6] Ephesians 4:30

[7] Luke 2:14; Galatians 4:4

[8] Isaiah 28:22; I Thessalonians 1:10

[9] Matthew 6:33; Nehemiah 8:10; Psalm 121

[10] John 16:33

[11] Revelation 3:10

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Seventeen Days of Prayer - Day Seventeen - January 20, 2021

 

DAY SEVENTEEN

 

Most High God, how glorious and majestic is Your name above all the earth. As the snow-covered mountains seem to touch the sky, I stand at the base feeling very small. I am so grateful You are my Rock, for You are the One who speaks, and the earth shakes. You alone are worthy of praise. You created all things, and in You, Jesus, all things hold together.[1] So…

 

“Give ear, O heavens, and I will speak; and hear, O earth, the words of my mouth. Let my teaching drop as the rain, my speech distill as the dew, as raindrops on the tender herb, and as showers on the grass. For I proclaim the name of the Lord: Ascribe greatness to our God. He is the Rock, His work is perfect; for all His ways are justice, a God of truth and without injustice; righteous and upright is He.”[2]

 

O Lord our God, we fall to our knees before You. We have now for these seventeen days humbled ourselves, prayed without ceasing, sought Your face, and with Your help, we have turned from our wicked ways. So, this morning we are asking for You to honor Your promise. Hear from heaven, forgive our sin, and heal our land.[3]

 

Father, we are overrun with uncircumcised Philistines who have taken over our government and nation. They strive to discover where our Great Strength lies, intending to crush it and strip it from us. They plot to bind us with cords, put out our eyes, and make us slaves[4] by way of chaos and a pandemic.

 

These evil ones are slithery and sly and as seductive and persistent as Delilah. They seek to CHANGE our PERCEPTION of REALITY, so we willingly divulge our secret.

 

But Lord, we are not like Samson, a Nazarite, whose source of power was Almighty God evident in his never-cut hair. We, Your true children, are filled with Your Holy Spirit. We will gladly and openly proclaim our SECRET because it is FREE for everyone.[5] Yet, who will believe our report? And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?[6]

 

The enemy has blinded their eyes, O Lord. They have become futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts have darkened. They refused to glorify or thank Jesus for His unfailing Gift,[7] and now, maybe, their doom is sealed.

 

You warned us night was coming when no one can work.[8] And it feels as though night is here. But cutting our hair, seizing and blinding us will not remove Your Spirit, nor will it give these people what they expect. Because VENGEANCE is Yours—You will repay.[9] DELIVER US FROM EVIL O God of our heart.

 

Sadly, their end will be worse than their beginning if they refuse to repent.

 

So, Lord God, while our physical power seems restrained for now, we are strong in the power of Your might. In Jesus’ name, we, like Samson, pull down the strongholds of this evil forced upon us, and we push over the pillars of their Communist/Marxist plans. Let this false god’s temple fall upon them in judgment, and bring Glory to Yourself this day.

 

In the precious and Holy name of Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, we pray, Amen and amen.



[1] Psalm 8:1; Psalm 57:5;  Isaiah 2:19-21; Colossians 1:15-16

[2] Deuteronomy 32:1-4

[3] II Chronicles 7:14

[4] Judges 16

[5] Romans 6:23

[6] Isaiah 53:1; John 12:38

[7] Romans 1:21

[8] John 9:4

[9] Deuteronomy 32:35; Romans 12:19; Hebrews 10:30

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Seventeen Days of Prayer - Day Sixteen - January 19, 2021

 

DAY SIXTEEN

 

“Though I walk in the midst of trouble, You will revive me; You will stretch out Your hand against the wrath of my enemies, and Your right hand will save me. The Lord will perfect that which concerns me; Your mercy, O Lord, endures forever; do not forsake the works of Your hands.”[1]

 

Oh Lord our God, we humble ourselves in Your presence and ask for You to lift us up. Father, we have sinned against You, and You have allowed this trial to come upon us so we would wake up and have our eyes opened to the wickedness in our midst. You have afflicted us; therefore, we repent with our faces to the ground.


We have returned to make supplication and confess Your Holy name. And though we do not deserve Your forgiveness and cleansing, Your Word says you will hear and forgive Your servants, that You may teach them the good way in which they should walk.

 

Lord send the refreshing and cleansing rain on our land and Your children just as You did for Israel, the land You gave as an inheritance.

 

When famine or pestilence come…when the enemy besieges; whatever plague or sickness invades, and finally, when each one knows the plague of his own heart and prays, hear, Lord…forgive…act…and give good as only You can. Help us to fear You all the days of our lives and fill us, Your temple, with Your glory.[2]

 

You are our Blessed Lord. And we, the sheep of Your pasture, are apprehensive about America’s future with the corrupt and evil people coming to power. Deliver us from evil, and save us from the hand of the enemy.

 

Almighty God, according to Your Word, “…there is no [governing] authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God.”[3] And, “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord…”[4] Lord, we know most of our nation has rejected You, but Your children are still here. Years ago, You began pulling back Your hand of protection, but this is the first time we have seen devastation coming because evil is in power. This is the first time we have felt abandoned, but feelings are deceiving. We know You never leave us or forsake us.

 

Lord God, I must confess, I expected You to do something epic, something as miraculous as parting the Red Sea or crumbling the walls of Jericho. But, I fear You are saying, “No.”

 

Lord, help us live in this evil world yet not be of it. Help us proclaim Your Truth loud and clear to anyone who will listen. Give us Your comfort and protection. Be our Shield, our mighty Protector, and the Rock upon Whom we stand.

 

Protect President Trump and his family as he leaves office. Father, do not allow evil to overtake them. Keep his supporters at home today and tomorrow, and do not allow violence in any way. Protect those in law enforcement who have been sent to various cities to keep the peace. In Jesus’ name, crush any riot before it begins and order calm the next few days, so You get all the glory.

 

We look to You and You alone as we pray in the matchless name of Jesus, Amen and amen.



[1] Psalm 138:7-8

[2] I Kings 8:10-40

[3] Romans 13:1

[4] Psalm 33:12

Monday, January 18, 2021

Seventeen Days of Prayer - Day Fifteen - January 18, 2021

 

DAY FIFTEEN

 

“Why do the nations rage, And the people plot a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord and against His Anointed, saying, “Let us break their bonds in pieces and cast away their cords from us.”[1]

 

We feel like all is lost, O Lord. Help us to keep our eyes on You and You alone.

 

And help us to be about our Father’s business, for “The earth is the Lord’s, and all its fullness, the world and those who dwell therein.”[2]

 

You are the One, O Lord our God, who has the final say. You are our refuge and strength, our very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear…the terror by night, nor of the arrow that flies by day, nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness, nor of the destruction that lays waste at noonday.[3] For You, Almighty God, deliver us from evil. You make our feet like the feet of deer, swift, steady, and sure. You alone set us on high places so that we can walk above the evil. You are our strength, and Your name is our strong tower where we, Your children, clothed in Your righteousness, run into it and are safe.[4]

 

Father, our government, like the evil Haman, is filled with wicked plans because we would not bow. And now, it feels as though they don’t want to just beat us into submission; they want to annihilate us as Haman did the Jews. They cast the lot, and it fell on the day—January 20, 2021—but they failed to realize that while the lot is cast into the lap, its every decision is from the Lord.[5]

 

Evil said in their hearts, “There is a certain people scattered and dispersed among the people of America. Their rules, ideals, principles, and values differ from ours. They do not agree with our laws or ways. Therefore, it is not fitting for them to remain.”

 

Evil went to court, and without due process, signed documents and letters to destroy. These were sent out, hastened by evil’s command, and then they sat down to celebrate while all of America was perplexed.

 

Lord God, we are grieved—cut to the heart—with all that has happened and the swiftness of it. Give Your people eyes to see the urgency of our situation and do not allow us false hope that we will escape without a fight just because we live in America—the land of the free and the brave. For if we remain completely silent at this time, relief and deliverance may arise, but it will be servitude.

 

Still, Most High, You had a plan to thwart the evil Haman, and we believe You have a plan now. Maybe it won’t be miraculous as we had hoped, but our deliverance will arise. And I believe, O Lord, You have raised us up for such a time as this.[6]

 

You have raised us up like Peter to walk on water with You. And You are always with us even in the stormy seas, the fire, and the floods. You alone make a way where there seems to be no way, and You strengthen us in the inner man.

 

So, Lord God, once again, we proclaim, we trust You with all our heart. We will not lean on our own understanding. In all our ways, Lord Jesus, we will look to You, AND we will follow as You DIRECT OUR PATHS.[7]

 

In the strong and powerful name of Jesus Christ, we pray, Amen, and amen.



[1] Psalm 2:1-3

[2] Psalm 24:1

[3] Psalm 46:1-2; Psalm 91:5-6

[4] Habakkuk 3:19; Proverbs 10:18

[5] Proverbs 16:33

[6] Esther 3 and 4

[7] Proverbs 3:5-6

Sunday, January 17, 2021

Seventeen Days of Prayer - Day Fourteen - January 17, 2021

 

DAY FOURTEEN

 

“He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress; my God, in Him I will trust.”[1]

 

Most Holy and gracious Lord, today is day fourteen of our prayer but also the first day of a new week. It is the day many in our nation will be heading to church to worship You corporately. We will sing, joining with one another in holy and spiritual songs of praise, using our voice to make melody in our heart to You.[2] You are holy, O Lord, enthroned in our praises, and as Your people everywhere pray, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting, be pleased with our offerings and glorified in our hearts and nation.[3]

 

By Your might, you brought us into this land of liberty. Forgive us for taking Your gift of freedom for granted. Our nation was founded on Your Law. Our Constitution was based on Your principles, and we, Your people, have esteemed them lightly. As na├»ve children, we thought we would not lose these gifts since Almighty God gave them. But here we are on the brink of losing everything we’ve worked for because we neglected, as did Israel, to raise each generation to know the LORD and the work of Your hands.[4]

 

We failed to love You with our whole heart and honor You with our actions. Now, Father God, we are reaping what we have sowed. Forgive us, O Lord, and hold us as we bow in repentance.

 

Most High, we know America and its people deserve Your judgment, but evil is laughing right now. They believe they have won, and Your children are defeated. They have such disdain and contempt for us and cannot wait to crush us with their laws against free speech and religious freedom. They want to take everything we own and make us subservient to their evil ideals. Deliver us from evil.

 

Lord God, if You allow us, Your children who are filled with Your Spirit, to be defeated, the evil side will ridicule You saying they won because the Lord was not able to bring this people victory.[5] But we know YOU ARE ABLE. You are our Refuge and our Fortress, our Shield and Buckler.[6] You go before us and behind us to show Yourself strong.

 

And now, I pray, let the power of my Lord be great, just as You have spoken, saying, ‘The Lord is longsuffering and abundant in mercy, forgiving iniquity and transgression; but He by no means clears the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and fourth generation.’”[7]

 

At this time, O Lord, we need You to do exceedingly abundantly more than we could ever ask or even think. Deliver us from evil.

 

In the name of Jesus, we pray, Amen, and amen.



[1] Psalm 91:1-2

[2] Ephesians 5:19

[3] Psalm 22:3;  I Timothy 2:8

[4] Judges 2:10

[5] Numbers 14:16

[6] Psalm 91:2, 4

[7] Numbers 14:16-18

Saturday, January 16, 2021

Seventeen Days of Prayer - Day Thirteen - January 16, 2021

 DAY THIRTEEN

 

Father, today is day thirteen, and this morning, I’m struggling. I’m grieved by what I see and the discussions I’ve had with people so blinded by evil—people I love. People I care about, and they can’t see what is true. They believe all the corrupt media says, and because of this, the hate in our country is oppressing. Father, deliver us from evil.

 

You, O Lord, compelled me to pray for these seventeen days, so give me Your Words. Help me see Your strength and power on this day thirteen—thirteen, the number that shakes many people—the number associated with depravity and rebellion in Scripture. Does this number not encompass all that is happening in our land?

 

The evil, as thorns that grow up and choke the Word of God, overruns our land. And although these evil ones are men of great stature and we feel like grasshoppers, You gave this land to those who do not live by bread alone, by every Holy Word that proceeds from Your mouth.[1]

 

If You, Lord, delight in us, and Jesus is not returning for His church very soon, then give us Your power to take back what we’ve lost. Help us to not rebel against You, nor fear the people who have rejected You. If You, Almighty God, are with us, then who can be against us? Let these evil ones devoured and remove their protection.[2]

 

Surround those in our government who are working against the evil and to expose the lies with Your hedge of protection. Keep them in the palm of Your hand, give them Your wisdom, direct their paths, and make their way prosperous for good.

 

Lord, make us stand firm with them and against the giants—the evil government trying to take over our country. Help us fight against them in the name of the Lord of hosts with Your five smooth stones of grace.

 

As Goliath defied the armies of the living God, give us, Your children, the strength and fortitude to stand and proclaim as David, “You come to me with a sword, with a spear, and with a javelin. But I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. This day the Lord will deliver you into my hand, and I will strike you and take your head from you…that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel [America]. Then all this assembly shall know that the Lord does not save with sword and spear; for the battle is the Lord’s, and He will give you into our hands.”[3]

 

“Do not be deceived, you enemies of the Lord, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.”[4]

 

In Jesus’ name, we pray, Amen, and amen.



[1] Marrhew 4:4

[2] Numbers 13:32-33;  Numbers 14:8-9

[3] I Samuel 17:26, 45-47;  Romans 8:31

[4] Galatians 6:7

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