America: Conviction and Redemption
1 Corinthians 1:27 "But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong."... I am a foolish thing. I am a woman. I have been a housewife although I can work outside of the home. I do not hold any college degrees though I have taken classes. I have not attended Bible school, but I have read the Bible. I have never held an important position in any church, yet I have taught Sunday school and sang in a choir. Jesus is my Savior and friend and I talk to Him alot.
I am writing this because I had a dream. In my dream, God was there, and He showed me my life since I had become a Christian. He showed me my relationships with my family and my friends and He said, "You have really been a very selfish person." It was true, I always thought about myself and put my needs first. The Lord also said that although I had taken care of our kids physical needs like giving them bubble baths and things, I had neglected to take care of their spiritual needs. Then the dream changed and I saw terrible things coming to America - judgments and war. And God said, "I will give you three years."
When I awoke from the dream my first reaction was to panic. I frantically called all my Christian friends and I also called for help from Pastors at the church where I attended. Fear had seized my heart. I was afraid, yet the Lord finally delivered me from my fears. Then over the next couple of years, whenever I saw my selfishness, I repented. I repented and I found the fear of the Lord. "The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline."(Proverbs1:7)
I had that dream in 1994. More than three years have passed since then. Then on September 26, 2000, the Lord spoke to me and said, "It is time to release that dream." That is why I am writing this. I believe the dream is true and it was not just for me, but for this nation as well.
People will not want to believe that God would use me since I am a woman, but remember I am a foolish thing and that is why He would work this way. So please bear with me.
We are a selfish people. Our shopping lists are so long, yet our prayer lists are so short. We should be praying more for our friends, neighbors and coworkers and those God has put in our paths. Instead, we are mostly concerned with our own wants and needs and those of our family.
Jesus said that we are not to worry. (Mt. 6:) He said we should not worry about what we are going to eat or what we are going to wear. He said all of the pagans run after those things. He said to seek first the kingdom of heaven and His righteousness and God would take care of everything else. However, here in America, we seek after all of those other things, what we should eat and what we are to wear. We buy our children name brand shoes and clothes. We stock their lunches with fruit snacks, pudding snacks, juice, chips, and a sandwich. We are so concerned with our children’s physical needs that we have neglected their spiritual needs. We have forgotten that it is God who supplies our needs. Basically, we have become just like a pagan nation.
Meanwhile, week after week we go to church, but it has become nothing more than a ritual. The ritual is basically the same in any church across America. You walk in, you are greeted by an usher and handed a bulletin. You sit down. You stand up and sing a few songs. You sit down, you hear announcements, an offering is taken and a special song is performed. Then you hear a sermon and take notes if you are a good listener. Finally there is a benediction or ending prayer and then you go home. You may even visit a little while with the other folks. We are so pious. And we say we have worshipped God! Day after day, we seek after those things that pagans seek and week after week we go to church and go through the ritual that we call worship. Going to church here in America has become nothing more than a pagan ritual!
Isaiah 29:13 "The Lord says: These people come near to me with their mouth and honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. Their worship of me is made up only of rules taught by men." We sing songs to the Lord and say we love Him, but our hearts are far from God and His purposes. We say we love Him and want to serve Him, but really we are just giving lip service to the King. How can we say we love Him and then go about our own business. The heart of the Good Shepherd has always been with those that are lost. We have not yet fulfilled the great commission. How can we say we love Him when we have not obeyed Him?
Proverbs 14:34 "Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people."
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See also: Famine in the Land
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