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Inauguration Day...A New America

With a devout Christian in the White House, rather than a perilous future, we could see a future of untold progress, promise, and hope. The blessings of God can pour out over our nation and world. A whole generation or two can witness the strength and power of Christ in our nation's leaders. This kind of visible spiritual strength by our President and his family could set hearts aflame with the love of Christ. We have not had visible Christian leaders in Washington, D.C. for eight years. From 1980 to 1992, we had patriotic and conservative leaders in the White House who paid homage to the Christian faith and to Christ. Our country is overdue for revival. Our country needs a spiritual revival that begins in the White House. As a nation, we have slacked off in every moral and ethical sense. With much prayer and supplication for our country, the Lord can work through our leaders and bring new hope, new vision, and new spiritual life to our land.

The power of prayer and belief is a resource that can demolish the ever-present looming darkness and evil. God is our mighty fortress. Human hearts in America are now crying for spiritual food and these hearts can be shown the gospel in real life ways that send a clear and renewing message about the love of God through Christ.

There is always a hope-filled and positive future in our faith. What each of us must do is find our own personal ministry and dedicate our lives to that cause. If enough persons pray and fast for the future of our nation then great things can happen. This does not mean adversity will not come to our land. What the acts of prayer and fasting do is give us a chance to turn every adversity and every foe inside out. Prayer, fasting, and a commitment to doing the will of God helps each of us turn the darkness on its head. Each of us can shine the light of Christ's love into the hearts of every person we know. We can all pass along the message of hope, redemption, and magnificent purpose we find in being a true child of God.

We do not relish adversity, yet with our hearts in the nail-scarred hands of the Savior, we know that adversity brings with it great opportunity to proclaim His love. The Christian faith in our nation has been tested by the creeping darkness of moral decay and ethical rot. If, indeed, the faith is confronted with all out assaults by the powers of evil, then the members of the faith have an opportunity to witness about Christ's power that few generations have known. No matter what attacks might be brought against our nation the church will never fade away.

Matthew 16:18 And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. (KJV)

Mark 11:24 Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them. (KJV)

Indeed, we have a God that answers prayer. We have a God that listens to our pleas and petitions. As we move our nation to a point of revival, our nation stands tall in the eyes of God. Our peril could evaporate into the air if we return to Almighty God. There is no evil we cannot defeat if we bring about our long needed revival in every family and in every neighborhood.

There is no economic force that can take us down if we hold fast to the laws of God. Our mighty God will show us His strength and protection if we are obedient to Christ's command to love one another. We must not hold back. We must not withdraw our hearts from the battle for the battle has already begun. Our faith will stand the test of any evil if we will just trust in God and trust in Christ to supply us with the spiritual energy and truth for which we daily starve. A nation of contrite hearts that seek our Lord on bent knee can change our nation and change the world.

Luke 12:32 Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom. (KJV)

Each of us can stand shoulder to shoulder in the face of every enemy. We own not just our nation, but a greater kingdom…the kingdom of God. Within each of us, there is every spiritual treasure in the universe.

Matthew 6:20 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: (KJV)

Our land stands on the brink of its greatest promise. The progress we have made in the last one hundred years in science and technology, infrastructure development, race relations, energy use and production, and communications is unrivaled in human history. The whole world has been transformed by what we, as a nation, have accomplished. Greater developments await us. There are greater opportunities ahead of us to solve age-old problems. We have present day opportunities to develop new solutions to the many obstacles that will hinder our growth. Our progress as a nation depends not so much upon technological innovation but upon the birth, rebirth, and renewal of Christ's love in the heart of our populace. If we witness a genuine rebirth of God's love and Spirit in our nation, our potential to transform our society has no limits. In this new land, in this new America, generosity will replace greed, repentance will replace crime, and righteousness will replace unrighteousness. In this new America, brotherly love will replace lust, healing will replace hurt, confession will replace contempt, and every citizen will honor his fellow citizen as a true child of God. In this new America, where there is waste there will be conservation, where there is lack of opportunity there will be hope, where there is ignorance there will be education and wisdom. Where there are lies there will be honesty, where there is selfishness there will be unselfishness. We have, at this moment, an unprecedented opportunity to do the work of our God, and make His kingdom come alive on earth.

God has a plan and a will for our nation just as He has a plan and a will for each of us as individuals. God's will for our nation is that as a people, regardless of our race, our culture, our upbringing, or our present circumstance that we should all live in harmony and peace by loving Him. The will of the Father is not a far off or fuzzy vision that cannot be realized. This will of God is a present reality waiting to happen. It is incumbent upon each of us to grasp this moment. It is critical for the future of our world that each of us would come to the Cross of Christ in humility and ask for His forgiveness for our sins. Our nation's transformation depends upon the transformation of its citizens. Economic poverty can be erased by human work and will, but the poverty of the soul can be erased only by God. Racial strife can be put aside by willful thought and intentional acts, but the bigotry that is the seed of racial strife can be erased only by the loving hand of Christ.

Whether we believe these things will happen is not so important as our immediate passion to make them happen. With a passion and commitment to make our land a God fearing nation it can be so. With a will and a contrite heart to shelve our treasured vices, a victory over the dark forces that steal lives can be won. With the godly sorrow borne of our visit to the Cross, we can see all things made new, through Christ.  





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