Tomorrow is the National Day of Prayer. Boy am I glad our nation has one.
Today I spent some time praying and weeding in the backyard.
Bamboo shoots were starting to pop up!
Bermuda grass in the "woodchip areas" is bad enough, but now bamboo?! Have I sown the wind and am now reaping the whirlwind?
The Bamboo tops pull off real easy, but the roots remain.
I have before me some serious digging to get this "invasive" plant under control.
"Nip it Andy, Nip it in the bud!" great words from Barney Fife.
I have repented of my personal pride.
Tomorrow, as a Nation, we need to repent of our national pride.
Have we forgotten God? We have in the past but I hope and pray we've woken up.
God covenanted with America. God will not be mocked. God keeps His covenants; but some covenants have conditions which need to be met. America, have we kept our part of the covenant God made with us?
America, as a Nation, we need to REPENT, for our part in the "Mystery Babylon" wickedness we've allowed, for the wickedness we've sown, and for forgetting God, His Word, and His Holy Spirit. (Revelation 17)
WORLD, we too need to repent for allowing Mystery Babylon place in our nations. The humble Prophet Daniel gave credit to God for giving and interpreting King Nebuchadnezzar's vision recorded in the book of Daniel in the Old Testament, specifically Chapter 2. The Kingdom of God is coming down to earth. Jesus Christ is the King of kings and the Lord of lords. This kingdom will have no end.
This kingdom is spiritual; it dwells inside the believer. In our dual citizenship, in heaven and on earth, are we representing each well? He calls us to worship Him in spirit and truth. He calls us to love the LORD our God with all our heart, all our soul, all our mind, and all our strength; and to love our neighbor as ourself.
This morning I asked the Lord for where He wanted me to read.
I heard John 9. In reading John 9 two verses stuck out to me.
God has been dealing with my judgemental attitude, very similar to the Pharisees. He's been helping me no longer fear man, like the blind man's parents. He's also been teaching me about hosting His presence, making an environment where the Holy Spirit is welcomed. Holy Spirit is a gentleman. No "bully tactics" here.
John 9:31 is the first verse that stuck out to me. " We know that God does not listen to sinners, but if anyone is a worshiper of God and does his will, God listens to him."
In the chapter, this once-blind man corrects the Pharisees. Their unteachable, self-righteous hearts answered back with a tongue lashing fit from the proud. They cast him out!
When Jesus hears this, he searches the once-blind man out. Once found, Jesus reveals himself as the Son of Man to the man. The man BELIEVES and WORSHIPS Jesus. The account is in verses 35-41 and I know I'm not 'splaining it well, so go read it for yourself. Let Holy Spirit teach you. The chapter ends with Jesus' response to the Pharisees who asked if they were also blind. Jesus replied. "If you were blind, you would have no guilt; but now that you say, 'We see,' your guilt remains."
Does it remain?
Do I have none?
Are we willing to listen?
Are we willing to see?
Lord Jesus Christ, Please unscale our spiritual eyes and unplug our spiritual ears, so You can heal our spiritual hearts, so we can be free of guilt. Father, Please supply the Faith to help our unbelief become belief so we can see and believe in Jesus Christ. Create in me a clean heart Oh God, and renew a right spirit within me. Lord, make me an environment, inside my heart, my mind, my mouth, my home, my words, my sphere of influence where You dwell. Where You are given place, are welcomed, are honored, are obeyed, are trusted, are praised for what You have done, and worshiped for Who You are. I humble myself and fall on the Rock that breaks me, so I am not crushed to dust by that Same Rock for my unbelief. In Your Father's Mercy and Your Most Powerful Name and Blood, I pray.