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One Nation Under God- Pray For America

2 Chronicles 7:14 NKJV

14 if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.

The chaos in the capital yesterday was heartbreaking. Regardless of my personal feelings on what is happening in congress and our 2020 Presidential elections; I can honestly say this world does not NEED Trump or Biden, although I may have a preference on who would be the better choice the reality is that what this world TRULY needs is Jesus!

The hatred and violence has continues to grow over the years and we are now living as the Divided States instead of the United States. I have no doubt in my mind that the circumstances we are facing today are due to the over abundance of distortion of the truth.

We are living in a world where lawmakers are implementing laws that are contrary to what the Bible tells us is good and righteous. The distorted views that have corrupted our thinking and directed us down a sinful path– claiming what is evil is good and what is good is evil– is coming to a head and our nation is beginning to implode.

Regardless of what party you support or how you feel about the recent election; we need to know that God is still in control. With the perverse laws and downright blasphemy it should come as no surprise that this great nation is reaping what it has sown for many years.

Lawmakers and their supporters have turned our nation away from God and led many astray as they sought to fulfill their own agendas. But we should not fear in these uncertain days ahead, God is bigger than any circumstances we may face. Keep hope and hold on to the promises of God, knowing that one day every head will bow and every tongue will confess that He is God.

Join me in prayer this morning as we cover our nation with the blood of Jesus Christ and claim His promises over our life and circumstances.

Prayer

Heavenly Father,

Lord thank you for giving us the direct line of communication with you through prayer. Thank you for Your promises and for being a God of truth, honor, and justice. We come to You today with a heavy heart, saddened by the happenings yesterday in the capital. Lord this world is so lost and the overall moral compass is broken. Father, the world has misconstrued Your Word over and over again; twisting Your words and changing Your truth to match their needs and feelings. I am so thankful for Your promise to one day return and take all of Your children from this place, for the reason that the son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work.

I pray that as the process continues in the capital that You will expose any lies, fraud, or evil intentions. I pray that You would form a hedge of protection around Your people; protect us from the evil one. Lord, help us to remain steadfast in prayer and let us not be overcome by evil but overcome the evil with good. Help us to remain strong in our faith and continue to fight the good fight holding on to Your eternal promises.

Because I am a child of God, I am saved, and Your spirit lives within me; I have all the power and authority over the enemy. I declare that no weapon formed against this nation shall prosper for it is You Lord that fights for us. I declare that the Lord is our light and our salvation, He is in control and the true ruler of our nation and we will not fear. I declare that satan can not have our nation, our freedom, or our constitution. I declare through all of these circumstances that we are more than conquerors through Christ.

Lord I pray for discernment for those in congress, bring the darkness to light and expose the truth. I pray that all of Your children would be self controlled and alert, knowing that the enemy is seeking to devour us. I pray that You would remind us that You have not given us a spirit of fear, that you have commanded us to be strong and courageous for You are with us where ever we go, and that you have armed us with strength for the battle.

Lord I pray that the hearts, eyes, and ears of each person all across the world would be opened to Your truth. I pray that each would feel Your love and peace surrounding them. I pray that they would turn their hearts away from their evil and sinful ways and seek to know You above all else. I pray that we would not lean on our own understanding but rely on God to show us the way.

Thank you God for giving us victory through Jesus Christ and the confidence in knowing that whatever we ask according to Your will– will be done. Thank you for Your promises to work all things for the good to those who love You and for the peace in knowing that You have already won the battle and have overcome the world.

All the glory and praise be to You for the glory of Your kingdom for greater is He who lives in me than he who is in this world. It is not by my might nor my power but Your spirit that Your will be done. In Jesus mighty name I pray.

Amen

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Daily Devo-Compromising Peace

Are you a people pleaser? Do you often put your own wants, beliefs, and needs to the side to keep peace among friends, family, or co-workers? Maybe you feel your worth comes from what others think, say, or feel about you. Who do you live your life striving to please- God or others?

I am a people pleaser. I know this is not what God has called me to be and I am working hard on learning to stand up for myself and God.

For many years I was living my life under the control of my father. Day after day I willfully gave him all the power over my life. Allowing him to control every decision I made- from when I do yard work to how I raised my child.

It was totally unhealthy!

The worst part was it went on for many years and I didn’t even realize it was happening. I was 30 years old when God showed me CLEARLY what He was doing in my life.

I was going through a period of trials and heartache lasting about four years that finally ended when I became FULLY obedient to God. When crying out to Him about the situations going on at the time God asked me, “Are you going to serve Gary your earthly father, or Me, God THE father? You can’t do both!”

I wept. I knew EXACTLY what God was saying to me.

There were countless times that I did the opposite of what God was telling me to do to please my father and avoid any verbal abuse, physical abuse, or confrontation of any kind.

I longed for my father to be loving, positively involved, and simply proud of who I was- not who he wanted me to be.

The mentioning of God would make his skin crawl. Unfortunately, my father had many demons that he carried throughout his life starting in his own childhood. This made it very difficult when trying to serve God- yet please him.

God wants us to be fully obedient to Him- He doesn’t want sacrifice’s or partial obedience- He wants us ALL IN. I would pray and ask for direction and wisdom- God would show me something and tell me to take action- then I would try to compromise with Him to be obedient yet not upset anyone else.

We can NOT only do a small part of what God tells us to do. When we know He is leading us we have to be bold in Him. Stepping out and standing up in love and not compromising our own morals or relationship with God so others won’t be upset.

Living in a compromised peace is not what God wants for us. We are not to me conformed to this world but TRANSFORMED by the renewing of our mind through Jesus.

And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

Romans 12:2 NKJV

The world is becoming harder and harder to be a Christian in but we need to be sure we are making our own decisions and not allowing others to influence them. The Bible tells us to stand FIRM on His word and put on the whole armor of God. Our only responsibility is do what God wants us to do.

Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong.

1 Corinthians 16:13 NKJV

Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

Ephesians 6:11 NKJV

When we spend time studying God’s word and seeking Him- He lights a fire within our heart that can not be put out. You should know however, when you are on fire for God, people in the world will reject you- BUT He has overcome the world and we should not fear.

Yes, and all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution.

2 Timothy 3:12 NKJV

These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”

John 16:33 NKJV

We are not created to blend in with the world. In fact, it is quite the opposite- we are created to standout- to be bold and courageous- and to lean NOT on our own understanding.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
And lean not on your own understanding;

Proverbs 3:5 NKJV

God promises if we stand firm in our faith-seek Him above all else- and love with all our heart, mind, and soul- than we will have a peace that surpasses all understanding.

and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Philippians 4:7 NKJV

God is with you wherever you go! We do not have to live a life in compromised peace. It is time to stand-up, stand-out, and stand-frim on the truth.

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

Joshua 1:9 NKJV

Fear not, for I am with you;
Be not dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you,
Yes, I will help you,
I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.

Isaiah 41:10 NKJV

Prayer

Heavenly Father,

Thank you for this beautiful day and for offering us peace that surpasses all understanding. Lord, the world can be such a sinful and misleading representation of You and our destiny, help us to have discernment and knowledge. Let us not lean on our own understanding but trust in You with all our hearts. It is election day Lord, and the stress and tension is very tight. I pray each person would be lead by Your Holy Spirit and remember regardless of the outcome, You are still in control.

Lord I pray that each of us would have the courage to stand strong on Your word and stand up for what is right and true in You. Lord, help us to remember that we are all children of God and You want the world to choose love over hate- peace over strife, and truth over deceit.

Guide our steps and show us the way as we move forward through the election process. I pray Your will be done and the hearts of people all over the world would be open to see You.

Lord I pray for both candidates that each would hold themselves with grace and dignity. That you would protect each of them and their families. Lord I pray people would find love in their hearts and choose to support and uplift regardless of the outcome. I pray for the safety of America, guidance moving forward, and that love would fill the hearts of Your people all across the world. In Jesus mighty name I pray.

Amen