A character from an eighties television show was known for this catch phrase, “ I love it when a plan comes together.” I believe he may have stolen that saying from the Apostle Paul. You see, Paul had a plan to preach the Gospel in Rome. However it was not really his plan, it was God’s plan. Paul made this trip to Rome, as a prisoner of Rome. On the way he was shipwrecked, he was snake bit and he was almost killed by Roman soldiers. However Paul never faltered because God had assured him that he would stand before Caesar. Paul was sure that his plans would come together, because he trusted in God’s plans.
Today this great country I love, is in turmoil. It is in turmoil because powerful people profit from this turmoil. It is also in turmoil because God’s people have become comfortable in their sins. In our comfort, Satan has lulled many to sleep. While God’s people are sleeping, the foundations of our nation are being destroyed. It almost seems hopeless. But God is in control. He has a plan. However, as we travel to the fulfillment of God’s plan, like Paul we may find that the journey is not pleasant. But pleasant or not we know that we can trust God, because His plans always come together.
It happens all the time. You have your life planned out. But then life happens. All of a sudden there are words in your vocabulary that you never wanted to speak. Words like miscarriage, bankruptcy, cancer, ALS, and Alzheimer’s. Words that destroy your plans. There are no words to counteract the heartache of those words. There is only the comfort of knowing that we have a God whose ways and thoughts are better than our ways and thoughts. He has a perfect plan for our lives. God says to us in Isaiah 41:10 “Do not fear, for I am with you; do not be afraid, for I am your God. I will strengthen you; I will help you; I will hold on to you with My righteous right hand.” Put your trust in God and you will find that His plan always comes together.
Bible stories are great, but they are useless if we don’t apply them to our lives and our churches. I believe every action of Jesus was designed to make you think. So think. Ask yourself these questions. What can I change in my life to make it easier for people to see Jesus?What kind of adjustments does my church need to make so people don’t have to climb a tree to see Jesus.
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Except for a few years when David was King of Israel, there has never been a more perfect government than we have here in the United States. America has the best Constitution and the best judicial system. However from the beginning, this nation has had corruption in its leadership. Many political and judicial decisions have been made without regard for the Constitution. Which way is the political wind is blowing and which way is the money is flowing? That seems to be the determining factor for all decisions coming out of Washington DC.
For several years now our nation has headed down a road that will end in its destruction. Freedom will be stripped from the citizens, financial ruin will come and lives will be forfeited. In many ways we have already seen our country descend into third world nation status.
Many people are praying for America. Most are praying that God will fix our fractured country, that He will save our nation. I don’t like being the bearer of bad news but God is not going to save America. The truth is God is not in the nation saving business. Jesus died on the cross not to save nations but to save people.
Don’t misunderstand me. We must pray for our country. Christians have to be involved in politics. Christians must be outspoken and stand firm for what they believe. And we are to be a light in this dark world. Therefore it is most important that Christians walk, talk and share the Love of Christ.
The bottom line is this. At best this nation, this world is temporary, but the souls of our neighbors are eternal. In order to make a difference in our neighborhood, our state and our nation, Christians have to be the salt that preserves righteousness and light that shines the Way. Wise is the one who wins souls for the Savior. Leading our neighbors to Christ is the only way to save America.
Jesus is patient. That is why He has not returned yet. God does not want anyone to perish. He wants everyone to repent and be saved. Since we know this, what sort of person should we be? The Bible teaches that we should walk in holiness as we go out and tell people The King is coming.
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