Independence Day 2018

2 Chronicles 7:
12 Then the LORD appeared to Solomon by night, and said to him: “I have heard your prayer, and have chosen this place for Myself as a house of sacrifice.
13 “When I shut up heaven and there is no rain, or command the locusts to devour the land, or send pestilence among My people,
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.
15 “Now My eyes will be open and My ears attentive to prayer made in this place.
16 “For now I have chosen and sanctified this house, that My name may be there forever; and My eyes and My heart will be there perpetually.
17 “As for you, if you walk before Me as your father David walked, and do according to all that I have commanded you, and if you keep My statutes and My judgments,
18 “then I will establish the throne of your kingdom, as I covenanted with David your father, saying, ‘You shall not fail to have a man as ruler in Israel.’
19 “But if you turn away and forsake My statutes and My commandments which I have set before you, and go and serve other gods, and worship them,
20 “then I will uproot them from My land which I have given them; and this house which I have sanctified for My name I will cast out of My sight, and will make it a proverb and a byword among all peoples.
21 “And as for this house, which is exalted, everyone who passes by it will be astonished and say, ‘Why has the LORD done thus to this land and this house?’
22 “Then they will answer, ‘Because they forsook the LORD God of their fathers, who brought them out of the land of Egypt, and embraced other gods, and worshiped them and served them; therefore He has brought all this calamity on them.'”

2 Corinthians 3:16-17, Nevertheless when one turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.

I want to say happy Independence Day to all, but sadly with the state of our nation it wouldn’t be true! Oh don’t get me wrong, I’m not a stick-in-the-mud by any means and I truly due respect and honor this Birthday of the United States of America becoming a sovereign nation. It’s just that in reality it isn’t a “happy” Birthday. At least not with political parties and extremist groups trying to tear it apart from within.

You see, we started out as a great and promising “experiment” as it were. Men of high moral character wanted a new place to practice their religious liberty without the constraints of an oppressive government long before the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution were penned. These men wanted to follow after the Lord, God Almighty according to the dictates of their hearts as ascribed to the Bibles they read. They were willing to cross vast and dangerous oceans (at least for their day) to accomplish that goal, and they succeeded. Once they arrived here, they found it wasn’t any more hospitable than the actual journey, but they persevered and it was by the practice of their faith that any of them survived at all leading up to the time when other men of high moral fiber and character chose to break free from the tyranny of a then oppressive government to govern themselves with the very Biblical principles that led them to this land!

Today, we have men and women who no longer share those values or even consider them a viable part of this government. Don’t get me wrong, they want all the freedoms to do what THEY want to do, while restricting others from exercising their rights!

You see, this is ALWAYS the case when LIGHT is shone in and on darkness. The darkness will always flee and try to hide itself from that light. It does NOT want its true nature or ugliness exposed so that everyone who looks will see the true nature. That is the way with darkness, any darkness! So, the way to defeat a nation is to do one of two things; either continue on IN the darkness, hiding from the light, or make it seem like the darkness is the okay thing to do as an okay way of life.

When human nature becomes so self-centered that it is only concerned with what it wants and no one else matters and when it is allowed to continue unabated, it starts to become the “natural” order of things. Soon, this little bit of darkness is considered okay, then that one, then another and another and pretty soon, as has happened in this once blessed United States of America, wrong becomes right and right becomes wrong!

The ONLY thing that has kept this nation afloat to this point in time, 242 years to this date as a nation, have been the prayers of those whom the Heavenly Father calls His children. Oh, don’t get me wrong, to a degree we have to repent for the condition of America the same as anyone and everyone else. But, we have recognized our role in its condition and we have come to the place where we have had to humble ourselves, as the writer of Chronicles states, and have had to repent for not being watchful and vigilant and we have prayed for the Father’s forgiveness and it IS for that reason, why His Mercy and Grace has been poured out upon our land despite the rapid growing wickedness.

You see, I believe for our sakes, everyone of His TRUE children, we have been given a reprieve as it were, but a reprieve only, for a time is coming when there will arise a world leader and the United States of America will not stand in the way of that leader’s plan. The Lord WILL take care of and be with His children as always, and we may even be removed from this part of the situation (speaking of the Rapture) but no matter what happens, God’s children are the ones keeping this country standing and the anti-christ at bay. I do not know what will happen to the U.S. of A. for I am not gifted in future prophecy though as a child and servant of the Lord, I have my suspicions. Except for some vague references in some of the prophetic texts in the Bible, it doesn’t appear that the U.S. is even mentioned, so who knows and this is why all eyes are always looking to the east for what is about to happen.

But, as God’s children AND blessed children at that, to still enjoy the religious and spiritual liberties that we do, what we MUST do is to continue to pray for our leaders, pray that the Holy Spirit will get hold of their hearts and spirits first, and then give them wisdom to act upon what the Spirit is saying to them! We don’t know how much longer we have as a FREE nation, because we can tell by the world’s political and moral season that we ARE in the last days, so we MUST use this freedom to pray for, encourage and support those leaders that exhibit CURRENT moral character (remember the past can be forgiven) and pray for the Holy Spirit’s free reign to move where He deems most appropriate!

We must make our voices heard AGAINST any injustice according to Scripture and not just what we FEEL is an injustice. The Word of God MUST remain the “Lamp to our feet and the Light to our path,” as the Word teaches! (Psalm 119:105). We must continue to have FAITH in God’s ability to see HIS plan fulfilled for the betterment of ALL His children the world over! When we have faith in HIS ability, then we can rest assured we are pleasing Him! (Hebrews 11:6).

REAL freedom, real independence doesn’t come from a document written by men, no matter how spiritual or well-meaning they were. That written document has been and will remain a blessing to those who adhere to it, but REAL freedom comes from the Holy Spirit that resides in each and every one of us who has chosen the Lord Jesus Christ as his King and Ruler. There is no other leader and no other country that can compare.

In closing, as you celebrate America’s Independence, remember that it was the SAME Holy Spirit that resided in those men that inspired the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution so that even these 242 years later, we can still embrace the blessings derived from those liberties!

About Roland Ledoux

Pastor of Oasis Bible Ministry, an outreach ministry of intercessory prayer, encouragement and exhortation of the Word of God and author of the ministry blog, For The Love of God. I live in Delta, Colorado with my beautiful wife of 49+ years and a beautiful yellow lab whom we affectionately call Bella.
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