Good morning all-
My coffee is brewing and I have a wonderful mask sitting on my face for 7 minutes. I have taken my shower, brushed my hair and put in pumpkin bread to take to my mother-in-laws. Life is good. That's what I'm doing today. However, people in Israel and the gaza strip probably didn't sleep last night. The sounds of bombs were bursting in the air. The fear and destitution that will come from this will be immense. Hurricane Sandy's aftermath isn't a pretty sight but either is a bombed nation. So much strife and where is their help?
The extremists in every religion believe they are doing right. Is it right to kill innocent people? Is it okay to destroy beauty? Is it right to be so focused on your own agenda, you have forgotten everything that mattered? Evil deceives and it continues to make good people choose disastrous things. I'm not saying that all war is unnecessary or that people that fight in wars are evil. That would be to deny the Bible. Many of our forefathers fought in wars and became victorious and when they did, peace prevailed. But now, we are fighting religious wars. Like the presidency of the United States, people are on opposite sides of the map. Extremists will always be extremists, we must pray for peace, understanding and the ability to ask Jesus to protect the nations.
I told you we were going to spend the days up to Thanksgiving and on to Christmas thanking God for everything He has done. Even in turbulent times, times of fear and times of destruction, Jesus has to be the center of our lives. We can't continue to confess we are Christians and let fear guide us. We must thank God for everything and have faith that He can move the mountains. By the way, if you think He is going to let Israel be destroyed, know that is not the case. Israel will be His protected nation and He will rise up against any of us that don't believe it. The new Israel comes out of His second coming so if you have doubts read revelation and it will steer you in the right direction.
So as I hear the fear in others and watch as bombs soar across the sky, I'm going to my Lord. We, as humans, are idiots. We fight, we bicker and we create war. We constantly poke at one another until anger gets the best of us and nothing else but destruction happens. I'm of the mindset to sit still, pray and ask my Lord to protect the world and the people that live in it. We must unite as sisters in Christ and ask our Lord to guide the minds of men. We must do what we can to fight spiritually. We don't have weapons of mass destruction but we can call on a God that created the world. He is more powerful than a nuclear weapon. He is GOD!
Thankfully, He has shown us where our strength comes from. I am so thankful to have a God that is so good. I'm sitting here writing every word and thanking Him for the peace I've received. Not because I deserve His faith, His power or His glory. I'm just a human, with human weaknesses, but I'm loved. We must get on our knees and pray for peace and love. We must sing to our Father and thank Him for His abundant love. We must believe when times are dark that He is all we need. Take heart and know He is near. I'm coming before Him this morning and asking Him to put thanksgiving in our hearts. To really and truly worship Him and adore Him. For our strength and power are not in our nations, it's in the hearts of men, guided by a Shepherd that loves His flock. I'm lucky to be one of the chosen that gets to sit as His feet and worship His greatness. Take time today to thank Him for all that He has done. He is mighty and majestic and we should be honored to be called His.
With all my heart, I am praying for the people of all nations today. My heart breaks for those that are hearing the bombs and dealing with the destruction. Just like Sandy, whether it be weather or war, it comes like a thief and steals everything. Possessions can be amassed again but life is only for the moment. Please unite with me and thank the Lord for your nation, pray for your leaders and ask the Lord of light to protect Israel and the innocent people that live on the gaza strip. If men are at war then we must pray for them and we must thank God for saving us for this time!
Psalm 95:2 NKJV:
Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving; let us shout joyfully to Him with psalms.
Isaiah 51:3 NKJV:
For the Lord will comfort Zion, He will comfort all her wast places; He will make her wilderness like Eden, and her desert like the garden of the Lord; joy and gladness will be found in it, thanksgiving and the voice of melody.
My prayer today:
O, Lord, You are the light of the Universe. You sit at the right hand of Your father. You know the events that occur all over the world and You are near. As Your daughters, we call out to You and praise Your holy name. You are our King and we will rely on You all our days. As one, we come before You and ask that You will protect Your nation and the nations that are at war or thinking about war. You are all we need. We turn our eyes upon You as our forefathers did over and over again in the Bible. We need a Savior, we need a hero, WE NEED YOU! I am not the smartest person in the world and I definitely don't have all the answers but I do know that faith can move mountains and You can stop war. We have been selfish and continue to do so. We repent of our selfishness and ask that You would see our hearts. We worship You, we cry out to You and we proclaim today that You are all we need. We come before You with thanksgiving in our hearts. We don't know where You're leading us but lead on and we will follow. Thank You for making us Your warriors and for writing the needs of Your people on our hearts. We will not run but we will be strong in You. Help all nations be more fiscally responsible and grow up leaders that love YOU! In Jesus name, AMEN...