Friday, September 29, 2017

A Second American Revolution?

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Former White House strategist Steve Bannon called Judge Roy Moore's victory in Alabama this week "the beginning of a 'revolution' against incumbents in Washington."

A pastor led group based in York, Pennsylvania say a revolutionary restoration in America is underway.

And look what's coming to the DC Capitol Mall October 6-9. Tens of thousands of Christians offering praise and worship 24 hours a day.

"If my people..."


Steve Bannon, who, along with Sarah Palin and other conservatives, campaigned for Roy Moore, said at his victory rally Tuesday evening in Alabama, "This is the beginning of a political revolution."

Following Christian conservative Judge Moore's victory in Alabama, Sen. Bob Corker, a "moderate" Republican from Tennessee, announced he will not seek reelection.

Bannon and other conservative activists say other so-called "moderate Republicans" will also drop out in the coming months as conservative candidates declare to run against them.

I think he's right.

And there may well be a Second American Revolution underway---in the heart first, then on the ballot.

York's (Penn.) Grace Fellowship Lead Pastor says Christians "who want an awakening, revival or reformation can't get any of those without a serious season of repenting first."

He says, "I think our nation is in the midst of a national humility crises. And the only thing that's going to turn it around is a genuine movement of real repentance. I think in many instances, many Christians are trying to get other people to follow a Jesus we're not following ourselves."

He says it's not first trying to affect change in our nation---it's about "inviting God to begin with each and every one of us in our own hearts, in our own lives, in our own families, in our houses of worship."

He quotes II Chronicles 7:14: "If my people who are called by my name will humble themselves, seek my face, pray, turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, forgive their sin and heal their land."

The pastor says "we often quote that, then we launch into calling on people to pray for America. That's not God's strategy. When God brings change, He uses the church---God's people---as ground zero."

This pastor led "Week of Repentance" that began September 24 is all about God's people getting right with God.

Leading Christian author, lecturer and apologist Ravi Zacharias has written a prayer for those who are opening their heart to the Lord this week in regard to repentance and restoration.

Zacharias writes about the recent storms that have hit our nation--"In some ways Lord, these storms remind us of the havoc that alien ideas have wreaked in the land; the erosion of our values, the eviction of Your name from halls of learning, and the climate of hate in the land that makes it almost impossible to govern."

This followed by a prayer based on II Chronicles 7:14.

Both in York, and via the Internet, tens of thousands are participating all across the nation.

The vast expanse of public land stretching from Capitol Hill to the Lincoln Memorial has seen many mass gatherings across the decades, but nothing quite like what will be happening on this "secular soil" October 6 through the 9th.

Tens of thousands of Christians praising and praying to God 24 hours a day will fill 47 large tents across the Capitol Mall.

Leaders say, "Every one of these tents is going to shout to this nation that Jesus is alive and that He's worthy. He deserves to be celebrated above anyone else."

This event, that will take up much of the space running through the heart of our nation's Capitol grounds, is called Awaken the Dawn but is often referred to by its leaders as a "Holy Spirit Woodstock."

Lou Engles and other leaders are claiming God's promises in Scripture---promises that happen to a nation that seeks His face... "disease being obliterated from the land, establishment of our borders" and "God inhabiting the praises of His people."

Jason Hershey, an organizer for this event and head of a ministry called "David's Tent," has a permanent prayer tent somewhere on the Capitol grounds.

I wasn't aware of it, but he has been encouraging people to come there and pray for some time.

He says there are about 300,000 churches in America. If each church would take one hour here at David's Tent, we would be here for 34 years continuous---the number of years of David's reign in Jerusalem.

Some of my readers live in the DC area. You should attend if possible. Some can travel to the event.

All of us can join in our hearts in prayer and praise to Almighty God, asking Him to forgive our sins, and praise a never-failing God who will heal our land.

This reminds me of the cultural climate prior to the American Revolution.

The descendants of those who had come seeking religious freedom, declaring America to be a "City on a Hill" had become distracted by their own pursuits. Church attendance was down. Apathy was up.

America was moving away from her spiritual moorings. And her founding biblical principles.

Then the preachers came preaching fiery sermons, not about revolution, by about God and His Word, and His promises.

We remember their names, Whitefield, Edwards...and others. Establishment churches and pastors attempted to silence them, but the preachers moved to the fields and outdoor venues---they were heard by thousands without even the benefit of a microphone.

God stirred the hearts of this nation 160 years after the first pilgrims stepped on shore at Plymouth and Jamestown---the vision was restored---a Revolutionary War was fought, and the United States of America was born---the greatest nation in the history of the world.

I believe God is moving on behalf of the prayers of His people.

I Samuel 12:16 says, "Even now take your stand and see this great thing which the Lord will do before your eyes."

And to paraphrase Micah chapter 7---Stick around and see what God will do.

Be Informed. Be Vigilant. Be Faithful. Be Prayerful. Be Blessed.


5 comments:

  1. Our prayers, as beams of light, join in stream with those prayers still there from history, and when God decides to energize them together, history changes here, on this earth.

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  2. I've been reading The Great Acceleration, by Michael Fickess.

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  3. Oh Holy of Holiest..amen and amen





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  4. Now hear this….2 Cor 7:8-13

    “ 8 Even if I caused you sorrow by my letter, I do not regret it. Though I did regret it-I see that my letter hurt you, but only for a little while- 9 yet now I am happy, not because you were made sorry, but because your sorrow led you to repentance. For you became sorrowful as God intended and so were not harmed in any way by us. 10 Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death. 11 See what this godly sorrow has produced in you: what earnestness, what eagerness to clear yourselves, what indignation, what alarm, what longing, what concern, what readiness to see justice done. At every point you have proved yourselves to be innocent in this matter. 12 So even though I wrote to you, it was not on account of the one who did the wrong or of the injured party, but rather that before God you could see for yourselves how devoted to us you are. 13 By all this we are encouraged. “
    (from New International Version)

    Let us true Christians in America first take responsibility for allowing evil to infect our culture by standing aside as “silent witnesses” while evil and darkness makes its headway in our culture, our government, our institutions, and even our churches. Let us confess in mass that our fears, our pride, our selfishness, and our apathy have overridden our duty to the one we love most… to the one to whom we owe everything…to the one who gave His life so that we might have the opportunity to become “children of God”.

    Let us cry out in our shame and pledge a new day in which we will seize the truth and courage His Holy Spirit offers us in spite of our failures. Let us return, as a nation, to our first love with a firm commitment of words and actions to stand openly and boldly for His truth, His word, and His will that “all would come to salvation”. Let us eagerly embrace commitment and perseverance without end to give Him the glory He deserves.

    When we do so our faith can drive us to action as guided by the Holy Spirit.

    James 2:26-3:1
    26 As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead.
    …also see James 2:14-17

    Then we can sincerely pray for Him to “heal our land”, using us as His tools.

    He can work through repentant hearts which are committed to serve Him and His truth with diligence, courage, and a determined faith in His Holy Spirit’s leading.

    He cannot work through selfish cowards who wish to blame others while standing on the sidelines milking their internal judgments in self-righteous disgust of the actions and words of others.

    We are told by our owner to witness in both our words and actions! Let us do so with courage and commitment as a permanent act of love to the one who loved us first.

    Truth is a lonely warrior..

    G>T>

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  5. Joh_3:16  For G-d so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

    Joh_17:11  And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to thee. Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we are.

    Mat_16:24  Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.

    He has given you the glory of G-d

    Luk_12:32  Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom.

    If this does not bring tears to our eyes, you need to read it again

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