Merry Christmas and Happy New Year’s to all of you from all of us!
I did a message on this a while ago called A Good Defense.
This article along with another I posted explains “unanswered” prayer very well.
I don’t believe in “unanswered” prayer per se, I see them as prayers where I didn’t get the answers I wanted or expected. I have an answer, in my self-delusion, I think God failed to answer or wasn’t listening… that is not true. I just didn’t get what I wanted, tantrum, because it wasn’t what he knows I NEED!
His will, not mine be done! It is only when my life and will are aligned with his that he promises I will have everything I ask for, because I ask according to HIS will. See 1 John 5:14…
Are we really his disciples?
When we are wrong, we scream “judge not” and “let he who is without sin cast the first stone”, but we ignore “go forth and sin no more” and “be holy as I am holy”.
We love all the “love one another” but ignore the “bear with one another” and “admonish one another”.
We love the “forgiveness”, but don’t want the “confess”, “repent”, and “cleansed of all unrighteousness”.
We hate to “run the race of endurance” but want the “I go to prepare a place for you”.
We want the “riches of heaven” but forget the widow: “For they all gave out of their wealth. But she, out of her poverty, put in what she had to live on, everything she had.”
If we are his disciples, we follow everything he taught both in person and through the Holy Spirit inspired Scriptures, not just the parts we like.
Then Jesus said to those Judeans who had believed him, “If you continue to follow my teaching, you are really my disciples
John 8:31 NET
America was called the great melting pot…
People from around the globe flocked here to become ‘Americans’ and have a piece of the “American dream”.
The melting pot worked for many, many years, with a few stirs along the way, because of the foundational elements that made it.
The pot was made with the biblical foundation of our Declaration of Independence, our Constitution, and our Bill of Rights. And, was fueled by the fires of our beliefs in a loving God, our entrepreneurial spirit, our national pride, and our patriotism.
However, the fires have cooled and the metal of our pot has been cracked and is breaking… we are no longer melting and blending together, we are separating like a recipe gone bad.
We have allowed the fires to be doused by disbelief and lost our national identity. We allowed snowflakes to freeze and crack our melting pot, like hot metal thrown into an ice bath…
The result is a divided nation!
If we want America to survive and thrive, we need to pray a prayer of confession and repentance, we need to return to the hope the first immigrants had coming here to have a better life, not remake the life they had, we need to believe again in a sovereign God that wants to bless our unity in spite of our differences. We need our fire to burn so hot that the snowflakes melt. We need to be proud and humbled to be American again, rather than whatever we used to be…
As we celebrate the coming anniversary of our independence, let us celebrate again what made America the land of opportunity in the first place… a loving God that delivered us from tyranny and oppression!
This is a hard truth the world does NOT want to hear…
While we, as human beings, have all been made in the image of God, as descendants of Adam; we are NOT all God’s children.
The Good News is, God is ready and will adopt and forgive ANY and ALL who come to him in repentance and accept Jesus, as God’s gift of love and righteousness, making us all children of God and building a loving Father/child relationship with us, even indwelling us with his own Holy Spirit…
For the Scriptures are clear in many places:
“But to all who have received him – those who believe in his name – he has given the right to become God’s children”
John 1:12 NET
“(See what sort of love the Father has given to us: that we should be called God’s children – and indeed we are! For this reason the world does not know us: because it did not know him.”
1 John 3:1 NET
“By this the children of God and the children of the devil are revealed: Everyone who does not practice righteousness – the one who does not love his fellow Christian – is not of God.”
1 John 3:10 NET
“For all who are led by the Spirit of God are the sons of God. For you did not receive the spirit of slavery leading again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption, by whom we cry, “Abba, Father.” The Spirit himself bears witness to our spirit that we are God’s children. And if children, then heirs (namely, heirs of God and also fellow heirs with Christ) – if indeed we suffer with him so we may also be glorified with him.”
Romans 8:14-17 NET
“And although you were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you formerly lived according to this world’s present path, according to the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the ruler of the spirit that is now energizing the sons of disobedience, among whom all of us also formerly lived out our lives in the cravings of our flesh, indulging the desires of the flesh and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath even as the rest…”
Ephesians 2:1-3 NET
“But God, being rich in mercy, because of his great love with which he loved us, even though we were dead in transgressions, made us alive together with Christ – by grace you are saved!”
Ephesians 2:4-5 NET
“But if we confess our sins, he is faithful and righteous, forgiving us our sins and cleansing us from all unrighteousness.”
1 John 1:9 NET
“For this is the way God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world should be saved through him. The one who believes in him is not condemned. The one who does not believe has been condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the one and only Son of God.”
John 3:16-18 NET