Matters of the Heart - Part I

Matters of the Heart - Part I

“If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”  (II Chronicles 7:14)

1 I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men;

2 For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.

3 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour;

4 Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth. (I Timothy 2:1-2)

Everybody seems to have their own opinions and ideas about this country we call the United States of America, land of the free, and home of the brave. Some of us, if we would be honest, in our own minds feel that when it comes to running this country and getting it back on track, you personally can show everyone a thing or two. We have the conservatives, independents, individual parties, liberals, undecided, and the don’t want to be bothered with all this election stuff folks! With all of these thoughts and ideas going around, has anyone stopped long enough to ask God who His choice is? Saints, aren’t we admonished in Chapter 1 of James verse 5 to ask God for His wisdom if we lack wisdom? Certainly during a time such as this, we need God’s wisdom. God administers authority as He wills. Doesn’t it just make sense to seek Him regarding such important and crucial matters? You see, who ever is elected by who we passionately call “the American people”, has already been decided by God. We really have nothing to do with it. November 4, 2008 is a time in history for us, but not for God. He does not operate by or is He limited by time, but operates in Eternity. Always has, and always will. While we are arguing and having our own private debates with each other about who we think is the best person, God already decided in Eternity past. This is new for us, but not new to Him who is Sovereign. He is never caught off guard or surprised about anything.

As believers, we must always find ourselves in a place of desiring God’s perfect will.  Sure, we can get by with His permissive will, but we miss the full benefit of God’s blessings when we insist on settling for less than what God really has for us.  This election shouldn’t be about race, creed, color, or ethnic background, because God didn’t create the world based on race, creed, color, or ethnic backgrounds.  This election shouldn’t be about gender, because God has already made the perfect balance regarding gender, male and female.  The Giver of physical and Eternal Life has already set the standard.  This election shouldn’t be about the longevity of governmental experience and policies, because God alone is the only one qualified to speak about the world events and policies from its beginning. Ask Job about his pre/mid/and post whirlwind experience in chapters 37 through 42. The earth, sun, moon, stars, fowl of the air, land animals and water creatures, trees, mountains, seas, and oceans, all bear record.  The testimonies of these have more experience than man will ever have about world events and its history. It’s going to take a lot more than man’s experience to get us through these tough times.  It is quite obvious, that with all that is going on in the world at this point and time in our history, the eminent return of Christ is swiftly approaching.  Being fully confident and sure about where you will be spend eternity, is much more important than anything that can happen down here. Let’s redeem the time that we have, watch and pray, and be about our Father’s business, the “Great Commission” as Christ was.  Ask Him to give us a heart of prayer for His choice, for love and compassion towards one another, line our will up along side His, and stand on the promises of His word.  When it’s all said and done, whoever is elected, God will still be in control and we will have His best for us during this particular season in our history. He promised that He would never leave us or forsake us.  Let’s delight ourselves in the truth of God’s Word.

Ps 33:10-12 10The LORD bringeth the counsel of the heathen to nought: he maketh the devices of the people of none effect.  11The counsel of the LORD standeth for ever, the thoughts of his heart to all generations.  12 Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD; and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance.

Ps 75:6-7 6 For promotion cometh neither from the east, nor from the west, nor from the south.  7 But God is the judge: he putteth down one, and setteth up another.

Romans 13 1-8 Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.

2 Whosoever therefore resisteth the power resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation.

3 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:

4 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.

5 Wherefore ye must needs be subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake.

6 For for this cause pay ye tribute also: for they are God’s ministers, attending continually upon this very thing.

7 Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honour to whom honour.

8 Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law.

Personal Note:

Perhaps you are still undecided about a candidate and all the various propositions that are out there. You have pretty much said, “Whatever happens, happens, I’ll just live with it.” That’s fine, but don’t remain undecided about your Eternal Security. God proposed a perfect plan for your life in the only candidate that is fully qualified to meet every need you have. So much so, that He died, was buried, and on the third day, according to the scriptures rose from the grave with all power of heaven and earth in his hands. It won’t really make a difference who the president is or what proposition is passed or not when you leave this earth, but if you leave with Jesus, it will make all the difference in the world.

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