I am very thoughtful today. I am very prayerful today.
Not only for this great country's election, but also for some dear friends who are in the valley of decision.
With all of this in mind, I have 3 main thoughts that bring these things together:
"Everything rises and falls on leadership." ~ John Maxwell
"Evil triumphs when good men do nothing." ~ Unknown, possibly Edmond Burke
And last, but certainly not least: Philippians 1:9-11
"9And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, 10so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless until the day of Christ, 11filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ--to the glory and praise of God.
My middle daughter just devoured a book that raised numerous questions for her growing knowledge of history and faith. Her curiosity was piqued more when I reminded her that her father and I visited the setting of the book.
The book? Milkweed by Jerry Spinelli
The setting? The Ghetto in Warsaw, Poland
The plot? The Nazi invasion of Poland and the Holocaust of the Jews imprisoned in the Ghetto
Page after page she read. Question after question she asked.
One question in particular: Why did people let them (Nazis) get away with this?
I ask myself the same question.
History has a way of repeating itself.
I asked her a question in return.
"The Jewish people have been persecuted for centuries. When was the first attempt to wipe out the nation of God?"
She thought and thought.
With a few hints she came up with Pharoah in the book of Exodus murdering the Israelite baby boys.
I wonder, is there much difference in that and abortion?
I think not.
Abortion is a tool of the enemy to try to destroy God's purposes for precious human life.
"When we as a nation agree to murder innocent life, we align ourselves with the intentions of evil." ~ my quote. I said it and I believe it!
Now to bring all of these things together, not only regarding our country, but for life situations as well.
You may not consider yourself a leader. You may prefer to stay in the background and not be seen or heard.
But God wants His people to speak up for what is right. It is called justice.
Whether it is speaking out against abortion, the homosexual agenda, or standing up for what is right in a church, we must let our voice be heard.
But HOW do you know if what you stand for is right according to God's Word?
That is where Philippians 1:9-11 comes in.
Prayer for discernment. Allowing His love in us to abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight.
If we are not people of the Word, we can be sure that we will be mislead and follow the wrong path.
If we meditate, read and daily saturate ourselves in His Word, then we will have that love that abounds more and more that leads to discernment, that leads to a sense of justice.
So, in all situations in life, I encourage you to stand up for what is right. I encourage you to let your voice be heard - AFTER you have saturated yourself in God's Word and allowed His Spirit to give you discernment. Your love will abound more and more for others. When that happens you know you are on the right track. If you are judgemental and are full of bitterness, then you know you are being deceived.
Ok. Oh, how I want to share so much more on this. My heart is full.
blessings to all of you!
Pray for our nation today!