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Blinded by the Fight.

It seems to me America is in the fight of her life.  Where is she?  What’s happened to her?  Where are the godly values and the character we say we possess, the ones this country was founded on?

We’ve been infected with the disease of conformation.  Romans 12:2 tells us how that ailment can be avoided but are we even reading our Bibles and seeking God about anything anymore?  Who did we vote for?  Did we pray over our decision?  Did we – despite all odds and what it looked like – vote for GOD’s choice?  Did we seek HIS WILL rather than making the mission about winning at all costs and perhaps leaving God out of it?  Look at the two candidates – do we believe that either of them are GOD’S CHOICE?  I’ve watched in amazement on both sides because we’re settling and voting for blatantly dishonest and ruthless people who will say and do anything to win.  Integrity no longer matters and it seems we as Christian voters don’t care whether God’s involved or not as long as we win!  Conformation.

I’ve been told all my Christian life “you can’t vote your faith”.  So, it looks like we didn’t on either side!  Even prominent Christian leaders who have been asked the question of whether they believe either candidate is God’s choice, every one of them (that I’ve heard anyway) walked all around that issue giving all kinds of excuses, the most prominent to my memory being that no matter what, we must win; we can’t have the other side being in the White House.  I totally get what an important election this is.  I just feel we’ve been so distracted by the fight we’ve sadly conformed (Romans 12:2) and forgotten to include God in this process.

Conformation has overtaken us. We’re living and voting like we don’t have a “God factor” and the evidence of that is very clear.   Had we been fighting “the good fight”, listening to God, allowing Him to lead, and voting with His will as priority, would we be where we are now? Would we have the candidates we have now?

No matter who becomes president, we have only ourselves to blame for the state of the nation.  The demise of our Christian-based country rests on our Christian shoulders. We’ve been distracted, complacent and unfaithful.  We’ve played church and used our Bibles as weapons and excuses and we’ve been fooled by the enemy to think the fight is more important than our faith.  We believe we must win at any cost, thus what we see unfolding right before our eyes.  Conformation.

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Remember Your Resource!

Our lives are structured, certain things have to be done at certain times most of the time. I have long days beginning at 6:15 a.m. and ending around 1 a.m.  This morning I got up and went downstairs ready to start my day. As I got into things I suddenly remembered my new glasses…which I didn’t have on.  I had become so accustomed to not being able to see that for a good hour, I didn’t even remember that I had them!!

Such is the case for our lives.  We get into routines and ruts, doing what we’ve always done, thinking the way we always have sometimes forgetting the resources to make our lives better and even more productive!  Often when we remember it doesn’t have to be the way it’s always been and we make a change but tend to fall back into our usual way of living.

The Lord has so much more for us.  Inside us dwells the power that resurrected Jesus after three days in the grave.  That same power that created the entire universe, that hung those beautiful stars we see at night is in us yet, we live mundane, often powerless lives.  When things are difficult the power doesn’t fade away…we just don’t tap into it.  He enables us to get through everything we go through.   Big and little, life-changing or life-draining, we still have the power.

Sometimes all we can do is believe He’s with us and for us, even when things feel and seem to be quite the contrary.  “Walking in the Spirit” sometimes may be simply getting out of bed with tiny mustard seed faith to believe He’s with us.

Don’t forget or neglect the power inside you.  He’s given you exactly what you need to live this day.  Everything we need to fight the good fight of faith is found in Him.  Let’s live like we believe that. In order to see well, I must put my glasses on.   Unless I do my part, I suffer unnecessarily.  The same is true in relation to faith in Jesus.  We must do what we can and believe Him for the rest.

It’s good to see this morning.