We were absolutely warned. But I must ask- as I ask myself- did we take that warning seriously enough? Is it too late?
They told us that this was going to be a battle for the very soul of the nation. We're now seeing that play out before our eyes. There is no mincing words anymore, no speculation, no "what ifs." This truly is a battle for the soul of the nation.
For what profit is it to a main if he gains the whole world, and loses his soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?
The cry of those that founded this nation was "no king but King Jesus." No matter what the odds or obstacle that lay before them- no king, but King Jesus. It was non-negotiable. We need to get back to that.
We've known for a long time that this nation stands in the cross-hairs of the elite- so long as there is religious freedom and the ability to not only preach Jesus but also to speak out against sin, deception, corruption, and everything else without fear of punishment, (getting blocked by someone on social media is not punishment,) then this nation is a thorn in their side.
It's easy to look to a person- or a movement- and place them into the position that only Jesus should hold in our lives. Only He has the right to be called Savior and Lord. He should be the only one that we willingly, and gladly I dare say, bow the knee to.
We were locked down for much of this year. Many families were told to stay home and to stay apart in order to save lives. Isolated, we were left to our own devices with little to do other than to stare blankly at the black box most of us still own and listen to the words being spewed from it whether as a live broadcast or streaming something.
As all the good conspiracy theorists tend to point out at some point- there's a reason they're called "programs."
It didn't take long before we were all pretty certain that the lock-downs were more extreme than warranted. (Yes, there is a real virus, and yes, some people died from it, but most of those that died did so with it.) Just the same, we were still told to stay home.
What did we do with all of this time? Were we reading and studying the Word of God like never before? Were we dedicating time to pray for our family, our communities, and our nation? Or were we more concerned with getting through Tiger King and seeing if we could beat so-and-so to a higher level on some game?
But for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive.
And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.
Hear me- I am not pointing the finger. These are things that I have been asking myself over the last few days, and I will be the first to say that I failed.
I knew what I needed to do. I knew I needed to be spending extra time to study and pray more. I did not do that nearly as much as I now wish I had. I failed and therefore I sinned.
1 Peter 4:17 states that "the time has come for judgment to begin at the house of God." That means it's time for us- personally- to clean house. We need to ask ourselves the tough questions and get honest with God. He already knows the truth.
From that position of repentance, then and only then, can we hope to truly intercede for our communities and our nation.
This nation is hurting and the citizens are questioning and angry. If we truly believe that the Bible has the answers and that Jesus has provided us with everything we need for life and godliness (2 Peter 1:3) then it's time that we start living like it. The time for singing "Kumbaya" is over; the battle is raging.
We need to make sure that God is where we set our eyes or like Peter when beckoned onto the water, we will get distracted, lose focus, and sink (see Matthew 14:25-33). Later, Paul admonishes the church of Ephesus to "no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting."
Keep focused on Jesus.
We know He is a God of truth and not the author of confusion (1 Corinthians 14:33). We know that unequal weights and measures are an abomination to Him (Proverbs 20:10). And we know who the father of lies is (John 8:44).
Yes, there are absolutely going to be physical ramifications to this election regardless of the ultimate result. But we need to remember:
For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ
2 Corinthians 10:4-5
Are we going to choose that today be the day that we draw the line in the sand and say "this far, and no further" and choose to fight? Are we going to make the determination that we will, as a conscious and determined act of our will, restore Jesus to the throne of our lives and make Him the priority that He deserves to be? Will we determine to no longer allow ourselves to make excuses which keep us from praying and reading His Word?
As Christians we're so quick to always answer that we're "doing okay," or "doing good," even in the midst of turmoil. Why can't we be honest and truly vulnerable with each other? How can we truly bear one another's burdens (Galatians 6:2) and intercede for one another (James 5:16) if we allow these shallow relationships to be "good enough?" We need to get honest with God and each other.
This nation was founded on Christian principles. It was designed to be a nation where individuals and families could serve God without the state interfering to tell them how, when, or in what manner that service or worship was to take place. It was designed to be a haven for those that wished to find the freedom offered only through Jesus Christ.
I am certain that many that read this have been praying for revival. It begins in our own prayer closets. It begins with broken and honest hearts before the Lord. He is always willing to answer prayers- are we willing to pray them?
We were told years ago that witches were cursing the President at least once a month to get him removed from office. Were we faithful to pray for him at least once a month? They take their battling seriously; it's time that we do as well.
There is a man sitting in the White House who needs our prayers. As VeeJay stated the other day, this could be a Hezekiah moment for him where God is waiting for him to humbly acknowledge that this is a battle that no amount of lawyers or money can solve but rather, one that requires a move of the hand of God.
A sermon that Billy Crone of Sunrise Bible Church preached for July 4, 2020 was shared that weekend here on Real Dark News. During that sermon, beginning at the 1:27:25 mark, (I am sorry, but a timestamped link cannot be provided as the video was scrubbed from YouTube,) a story is unfolded that tells that revival may be closer than we think for this nation. I cannot recommend enough that you take the time to watch at least that section if not the entire message. It is well worth the time.
"God doesn't need a million people. He just needs a few willing hearts."
Pastor Billy Crone
Will you sit down and allow yourself to be a part of the "terminal generation" of Christians within America and to allow President Trump to be the last truly elected president of the once great free nation? Or are you willing to dig in your heels, get honest at the foot of the cross and from there, find the strength to stand and intercede for a nation that has never needed Jesus more than today.