This morning, I was thinking about a conversation I had with one of our fitness members. He was talking about the mess our government was in, the decisions being made and how it riled him. He went on and on about what was happening around him, frustrated that things were getting worse and worse and no one was stopping it. He announced he needed to leave before he got even more angry. I agreed with what he said, because anyone with eyes could see that it was true; or was it? I thought so, until I heard the voice of the Lord say to me, “Way to state the obvious!”
Ok, Lord, what are you saying to me? He answered, “Did I create you to state the obvious or to state what I say? Didn’t I tell you that if my people will humble themselves and pray, seek my face and turn from their wicked and perverse ways, I will heal their land? You must change your vision to change your world. My Word was made to change things and you were made to carry my Word.”
He took me to Hebrews 11:1-3 MSG; The fundamental fact of existence is that this trust in God, this faith, is the firm foundation under everything that makes life worth living. It’s our handle on what we can’t see. The act of faith is what distinguished our ancestors, set them above the crowd. By faith, we see the world called into existence by God’s word, what we see created by what we don’t see.
Hebrews 11 is known as the ‘faith’ chapter and it recognizes all the great faith-filled men and women of the old testament who obeyed God or had faith in God. How did they change their world? Obedient faith in an unseen God to take the unseen and make it visible. That’s just how God works, with people who will trust in Him and His ability, not their own. Those who are willing to take a peek from His perspective and stop stating the obvious to declare the impossible.
So what is my part in changing my world? Seeking Gods face, repenting for the sins of our nation, asking God to give me His vision for our nation and speaking that vision, not what I see on television or what I judge according to the natural. If things are going to change, they must start with me and what I speak. It must start with believing that God is able to take the vilest of people and turn them into a people who love and serve Him. He did it for me! He did it for you! If God loved us so much that He sent His son Jesus, to die for our past sins, our current sins and our future sins, didn’t he also do it for them? Didn’t he also do it for America?
Father, as we get ready to celebrate our Independence Day, we want to thank you not just for the freedoms we enjoy as a nation, but for the freedom you gave. We know that we have the greatest freedom because of Jesus. As your people, we humble ourselves and repent for the sins of our nation. The sin of trusting in ourselves and our abilities instead of trusting in you. The sin of only seeing the visible and not the invisible. The sin of speaking what we see instead of speaking the Word of God over our nation, our states and our cities. For only believing what we see and hear instead of believing YOU.
We speak life over America. We thank you that you have raised up a people who will call out to you and walk in your love, forgiveness and grace. May we be what you have called us to be, light in a dark place. We will not hide our light, but boldly carry that torch of freedom; freedom to speak what you say, freedom to love others, freedom to forgive and freedom to heal. It’s not in our own might or power, but by your Spirit that we boldly proclaim, America, one nation under God, undivided, with freedom and justice for all.