Dear Precious Friends,
On this TGIFF (Thank God I'm Forgiven Friday) I pray you are waking up to a new day, spending time with the Lord and embracing the gift He has given us and the high calling we have on His life.
Rick and I went to see this movie last night "The Harbingers of Things to Come" based on Johnathon Cahn's NY Times best selling books, but more than this, based on historical truth, Scripture and being a Jewish Rabbi & Messianic Jew he shares truths that we need to know and how we are to respond.
Here is the you tube to the trailer as well as his speech to Congress and an interview on James Dobson.
Trailer to movie:
Interview with James Dobson on Focus on the Family:
Speech to congress that received standing ovation:
"God is real, and He’s still in control, but America is in trouble. It ends with a trumpet call. We need to be awake. We cannot be complacent. We need to be ready. We need to be light as it is getting darker, and we have to become brighter,” Cahn said.
“This is not a thing to fear. This is a thing to rise to our calling. To me, this is the most exciting time for a believer [in Jesus] who says yes, full out. The time of being gray is over. It’s time to be a light in the dark.”
Let's be as informed as we can be so we can rise to our calling my friends.
2 Chronicles 7:14:
" if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.
it is our duty as believers to continuously confess and forsake our sins so that they will not hinder us (Hebrews 12:1) and to pray for our nation and those in authority (1 Timothy 2:1–2). It may be that God in His grace will bless our nation as a result— As believers, we are guaranteed personal salvation in Christ (Romans 8:1), and we are also guaranteed that God will use us to accomplish His purposes, whatever they may be. It is our duty as believers to live holy lives, seek God, pray, and share the gospel knowing that all who believe will be saved.
In the chapter just before, 2 Chronicles 6, Solomon asked the Lord for His mercy and forgiveness in the times that the people would sin. He knew, as we do today, that none of us are perfect and without sin in our lives. And God answered with these words and provisions that are relevant for believers still today:
Humble yourselves by confessing any sin.
Pray to God and ask for His forgiveness.
Seek God’s face continually.
Turn from the wrong behavior.
In response, God promised:
“I will hear from heaven.”
“I will forgive their sin.”
“I will heal their land.”
True repentance will always be recognized by changed behavior. It’s more than just “talking the talk.” It’s “walking the walk.” And it requires action on our part according to God’s word. Only on the heels of true humility and repentance before Him, can we come before the Lord, with prayerful hearts, truly seeking His face, filled with the Spirit’s power to turn away from wrong choices.
God is the same, yesterday, today, and forever. And the way He responded to the cries of His people during Solomon’s days, is still the way He is faithful to respond to our cries for help. He does hear our prayers from heaven. He is faithful to forgive us when we come before Him and confess our sin, admit our great need for Him, and turn from wrong. He promises to heal our land.
His whole character, who He is—Redeemer, Restorer, Healer, Rescuer—is a constant reminder to us that He will do what He says He will do. We don’t have to worry. We don’t have to fear. We don’t have to wrestle through all on our own.
The very God who made us and set us free from sin and defeat is the very God who can miraculously heal our land. Our “land” in our personal lives. Our “land” in our families. Our “land” in our communities. Our “land” in America. And wherever else our “land” may be in this world. His power is limitless and reigns over all.
God hears our prayers, He knows our needs. And there’s great power in uniting together, turning our hearts towards Him, and praying on behalf of our nation and world.
Let's do this my friends.