Friday, August 12, 2011

“IT’S NOT TOO LATE FOR AMERICA”

II CHRONICLES 7:11-22

I make no apology for being a loyal patriot of the United Stated of America.  But just as I am a Southern Baptist Christian make no mistake about it I am a Christian before I am a Southern Baptist.  And just as I am an American Christian I am a Christian before I am an American.  That very statement is in fact the reason this great Nation was birthed into existence.

Consider for example some of the most beloved historical and sacred charters and documents of our Country:

The Mayflower Compact (an agreement or covenant):
In 1620, the Pilgrims wrote “The Mayflower Compact” which established the first basis in the new world for written laws which began with the words”in the name of God” and stated their purpose was (and I quote)”for the glory of God and the advancement of the Christian faith.” (The University of Oklahoma Law Center - Chronology of U.S. historical documents)

John Winthrop the Puritan (who arrived about 10 years after the Pilgrims) Leader stated:
“We are a company professing ourselves fellow-members of Christ.... Knit together by this bond of love.... We are entered into covenant with Him for this work....For we must consider that we shall be as a city upon a hill, the eyes of all people are upon us; so that if we shall deal falsely with God in this work we have undertaken and so cause Him to withdraw His present help from us, we shall be made a story and a byword through the world.” (Original Intent by David Barton page 77)
Time fails me to tell you of like charters from colonies such as Massachusetts, Maryland, North Carolina, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and other areas were virtually the same.

The Declaration of Independence:
The causes which impelled the United States to separate from Great Britain was declared  in the Declaration of Independence unanimously by Congress, July 4, 1776  stated in part, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable (not to be taken away) Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.—That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed,”

The Pledge of Allegiance:
“I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America and to the Republic for which is stands One Nation Under God.” (Changed in 1954 to include this)

 The Star Spangled Banner: (which the American Congress adopted in 1931as our National Anthem)

 The fourth stanza is a prayer: “Blest with victory and peace, may the heaven-rescued land Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation. Then conquer we must, for our cause it is just, And this be our motto: ‘In God is our trust.’ And the star-spangled banner forever shall wave O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave”

Our Currency:
During the Civil war (1861-1865) there were many appeals to recognize God on our coins.  The first recorded letter requesting “In God we trust” came to, then Secretary of the Treasury, Salmon P. Chase.  As a result, Secretary Chase instructed James Pollock, Director of the Mint at Philadelphia, to prepare a motto, in a letter dated November 20, 1861:
“Dear Sir: No nation can be strong except in the strength of God, or safe except in His defense. The trust of our people in God should be declared on our national coins.  You will cause a device to be prepared without unnecessary delay with a motto expressing in the fewest and tersest (tûrs: concise) words possible this national recognition.” 
As a result of this and the approval of congress, “In God We Trust” first appeared on the 1864 two cent coin. (Department of the U.S.Treasury)

Ps 37:3  Trust in the LORD, and do good; [so] shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed.

Ps 118:8  [It is] better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man.

Ps 20:7  Some [trust] in chariots, and some in horses: but we will remember the name of the LORD our God.

“America’s rapid rise as a successful nation was a wonder to many foreigners; how could a group of farmers and merchants have defeated what was arguably the world’s greatest military power?  Furthermore, how had America established a government which so quickly became envied across the world?” (Original Intent by David Barton page 119)

Ps 33:12    Blessed [is] the nation whose God [is] the LORD; [and] the people [whom] he hath chosen for his own inheritance.

1Pe 2:9  But ye [are] a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light:

Because I am neither an Optimist or pessimist but a Biblical Realist my driving passion for our nation, our country is found in these words of warning from our God:

2Ch 7:20-23  Then will I pluck them up by the roots out of my land which I have given them; and this house, which I have sanctified for my name, will I cast out of my sight, and will make it [to be] a proverb and a byword among all nations. And this house, which is high, shall be an astonishment to every one that passeth by it; so that he shall say, Why hath the LORD done thus unto this land, and unto this house?  And it shall be answered, Because they forsook the LORD God of their fathers, which brought them forth out of the land of Egypt, and laid hold on other gods, and worshipped them, and served them: therefore hath he brought all this evil upon them.
                                                                                                  
My message today is birthed out of the Crisis America faces! The very core of her fiber as being God blessed America is being destroyed by the nature of sinful humanity.  We must understand this:

There is no question that the thing that makes America great is she has been blessed by God. Her very foundation and formation is clearly etched and founded in her faith in the Living God. 
Our God is not only a God that loves,  He’s also a God that hates and finds some things disgusting (Abomination): 

Pr 3:32  For the froward (perverse) [is] abomination (disgusting thing) to the LORD: but his secret [is] with the righteous.

Pr 15:9   The way of the wicked [is] an abomination unto the LORD: but he loveth him that followeth after righteousness.

Pr 17:15  He that justifieth the wicked, and he that condemneth the just, even they both [are] abomination to the LORD.

Pr 6:16-19  These six [things] doth the LORD hate: yea, seven [are] an abomination unto him:  A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, A false witness [that] speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.

In addition, God not only blesses He also judges.
“This nation, born July 4, 1776, must be born again or we will perish.” Adrian Rogers
Ps 9:16  The LORD is known [by] the judgment [which] he executeth: the wicked is snared in the work of his own hands.

De 32:4  [He is] the Rock, his work [is] perfect: for all his ways [are] judgment: a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right [is] he.

With that in mind, we need to understand what can be done to save her?  What is the solution that will stay the hand of God’s undeniable impending judgment?

The solution is not government regulated morality.  The government’s place is to protect the righteous not to regulate morality because they can’t. 

Ro 13:3-4  For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same: For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to [execute] wrath upon him that doeth evil.

For example, they can’t make me love you but they can enact laws and dispense the delegated judgment of God on those who would kill me.  So what is the solution?  The people of God is the solution.  They are the hope of America.  Thus, what is your part as a professing Christian?

John Wesley: Give me one hundred men who fear nothing but sin, and desire nothing but God, and I will shake the world.

“O God, I have tasted Thy goodness, and it has both satisfied me and made me thirsty for more. I am painfully conscious of my need of further grace. I am ashamed of my lack of desire. O God, the Triune God, I want to want Thee; I long to be filled with longing; I thirst to be made more thirsty still. Show me Thy glory, I pray Thee, that so I may know Thee indeed. Begin in mercy a new work of love within me. Say to my soul, `Rise up, my love, my fair one, and come away.' Then give me grace to rise and follow Thee up from this misty lowland where I have wandered so long. In Jesus' name, Amen.” A.W. Tozer

Solomon knew that the success of the moment was completely attributed to the Lord and may God help us to realize that God has made this life of ours so wonderful here in America.  God made the moment!  It was truly a God moment and one that neither God nor His people wanted to lose.
Also, he  realized how vulnerable he and the people were at drifting away from the Lord and if the people were going to continue to experience personal and national revival then the most important issue at the moment was their ongoing walk with God. Thus, God gives his people a threefold word about how they could continue their walk with Him.  His word can lead us to a personal and national revival.  It’s not too late for you and America!

 I.          HEAR HIS WORD OF CAUTION  7:13
             There are three contemporary warnings here.  There is the caution light of:

A.        A Barren life  7:13  “That there be no rain”

“He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful.”  (Mt 13:22) 

“Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.”  (John 15:2)

“Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.”  (John 15:16)

B.        A Defeated life  7:13  “The locusts to devour the land”
Through the Deception of Satan’s lies

“Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices.”  (2 Co 2:11)

“Ye are of [your] father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do.  He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.”   (John 8:44)
C.        A Sinful life  7:13  “Pestilence among my people”

“Behold, the LORD'S hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear:  But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.” (Isaiah 59:1-2)

II.         HEED HIS WORD OF CORRECTION  7:14

If you’ve been awaken by God’s word of caution and you have drifted away from God, by falling into one of the 3 above categories, how do you recover?  How do you renew and continue your walk with God?  God gives us a corrective description of a person who walks with Him.  How does He describe a revived person? 

They are a:
A.        Saved Person  “If my people”

“Can two walk together, except they be agreed?” (Amos 3:3)
God’s word about enmity and reconciliation:  Romans 8:7; II Corinthians 5:18-20; & Ephesians 2:14-16

B.        Separated Person  “Which are called by my name”
I wonder if the people you work with know that you’re a Christian? 

C.        Surrendered person  “Shall humble themselves”
Humble - 03665 kana` {kaw-nah'}   AV - humble 18, subdue 11, bring low 2, bring down 3,  subjection 1, misc 1; 36  1) to be humble, be humbled, be subdued, be brought down, be low,  be under, be brought into subjection.
“Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.”  (Pr 16:18)

“Surely he scorneth the scorners: but he giveth grace unto the lowly.”  (Pr 3:34) 

“But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.”  (James 4:6)

D.        Supplicating person  “And pray”

E.        Seeking person  “And seek my face”


F.         Sin-forsaking person  “And turn from their wicked ways”

A revival person hates sin because of what it did to our Lord!

“And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.”  (Mt 1:21) 

“And ye know that he was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no sin.”  (I John 3:5)

III.        HONOR HIS WORD OF CONCERN  7:21-22

A.        Our Intimacy with Him  7:16-17a  “Mine heart shall be there perpetually”

B.        Our Instruction from Him  7:17b  “Do according to all that I have commanded thee.”

C.        Our Influence for Him  7:21-22  “Why hath the Lord done thus unto this land and unto this house?”

                                               Torreys Prescription For Revival
I can give a prescription that will bring a revival to any church or community or any city on earth.

First, let a few Christians (they need not be many) get thoroughly right with God themselves. This is the prime essential. If this is not done, the rest that I am to say will come to nothing.

Second, let them bind themselves together in a prayer group to pray for a revival until God opens the heavens and comes down.

Third, let them put themselves at the disposal of God for Him to use as He sees fit in winning others to Christ. That is all!

This is sure to bring a revival to any church or community. I have given this prescription around the world. It has been taken by many churches and many communities, and in no instance has it ever failed; and it cannot fail!


Castro took Cube with a band of 80 men.

Lenin began the communists’ revolution with only a few thousand men.

Jesus began the mightiest movement the world has ever known with only 12 disciples.

Jos 23:10  One man of you shall chase a thousand: for the LORD your God, he [it is] that fighteth for you, as he hath promised you.

Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist has scheduled a debate in the Senate for the Federal Marriage Amendment the week of July 12 , 2004 . At the close of debate, if 60 Senators vote ‘Yes', the bill will be sent to the floor for a FULL VOTE OF THE SENATE!!!

Voting Makes a Difference
By One Vote
Texas was admitted to the Union in 1845 by a single vote
By One Vote
Hitler won leadership of the German Nazi Party in 1923
By One Vote
The US House of Representatives, in 1801, elected Thomas Jefferson as President of the United States

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