The attached video by Johnny Cash, Ragged Old Flag, popped up on my Facebook news-feed recently. It’s beautiful and moving and reminds the freedoms we enjoy have never been free…not about a flag so much as all the flag represents.
Our Forefathers, while not perfect, understood the Identity of our Sovereign and spared no words in pointing to Him as Sovereign, our benefactor and our protection. Guided by His principles and precepts, they tailored our laws after His Word of wisdom.
The Bible speaks to us individually and corporately. If you read the Bible, it’s clear it is not God that changes but people…why would a perfect God need to change? The fact of the matter is, if we’re honest, “we’re not offended by the words of God because we disagree with them; we’re offended because they disagree with us.”
Kingdoms have come and gone and will continue as long as God tarries- empires that once ‘ruled the world’. Where are they today? The world is always evolving, always in flux. We can’t pray away Biblical Prophecy but we can pray– ask God to let the changes He desires begin with us, and then out of that place of righteousness and right-standing intercede for the great Country we’ve been blessed to inhabit.
God bless us to come to Him, in humility and true repentance, thereby positioning ourselves for greatness by Kingdom standards; in Jesus name, amen and so be it.
Blessings on the journey,
Left as captives of the land
to be stomped on and crushed,
Legal action and human rights denied
in the very presence of our exalted God,
Lord, surely You do not approve it—they deny
one person’s rights and a fair trial.
Matters not who says a thing will or won’t happen
unless the Lord determines that it should.
Most High God must proclaim it so—
for both good and bad, joy and sorrow come from Him, so
Mind your complaint. Why should a person fuss
when faced with the consequences of his own wrongdoing?
Now let’s search out our thoughts and ways
and return to the Eternal.
Now let’s lift up to God in heaven
our hearts along with our hands in praise and supplication.
Now, let us admit that we persisted in wrong
and You, God, were right to deny us forgiveness.
You have wrapped Yourself in anger.
You hunted us down and became our merciless killer.
Our prayers couldn’t penetrate the cloud
You then wrapped around Yourself.
Oh, we are trash: You’ve made us so
in the eyes of all people.
Putting us down, our enemies scoff.
They gape and gawk at us.
Panic and pitfalls are all around us,
nothing but breakdown and decay.
Pouring out from my eyes are tears like rivers
over the destruction of my people, daughter Zion.
Quenched? It can’t be quenched,
this sorrow in my eyes,
Quelled only by knowing that
the Eternal looks down from heaven and sees.
Quickly I recoil from what my eyes see; I am choked with grief
at the fate of the young women of my city.
Running me down, my enemies for no reason
hunt me, a tiny bird.
Rattling my bones with stones thrown down on my head,
having flung me mercilessly in a pit.
’Round about me and over me, watery darkness closes in.
I cry out, “I’m drowning! All is lost, lost.”
Saying Your name, Eternal One, I called to You
from the darkness of this pit.
Surely You’ve heard me say,
“Don’t be deaf to my call; bring me relief!”
So close when I’ve called out in my distress,
You’ve whispered in my ear, “Do not be afraid.”
Taking up my cause, Lord, You’ve been my champion.
You’ve paid the price; You saved my life.
Terrible things have been done to me. You’ve seen it, Eternal One.
Judge my case with justice.
Their abuses against me are not hidden from You.
You’ve seen all the awful things my enemies determine to do to me.
Ugly words and uglier plans they have for me—
You’ve heard it all, Eternal One.
Under their breath, my adversaries whispering about me,
devising nasty schemes all the time.
Unkind jokes at my expense,
whether they’re sitting around or going to and fro.
Villains You will return to their recompense,
Eternal One, according to their deeds.
Visit them with anguish and an insensitivity to Your words.
Make Your curse fall hard on them.
Vehemently pummel them. Chase them down, obliterate them
from below the heavens of the Eternal, from the earth itself.
Hope is realized when the next generation of exiles in Babylonia receive God’s mercy and are brought back to the promised land, Palestine, in a second exodus, a journey not unlike what the Israelite’s experienced as they left Egypt under Moses’ leadership.
God surely causes grief and torment, but He also provides kindness that originates from His heart of compassion. The discipline administered by the heavenly Father hurts, but the pain is not lasting and actually reflects His compassion. When the Lord sends affliction, it is instructive, restorative, and temporary. Affliction and judgment may sometimes come from the Almighty, but what always springs from the heart of God is a deep and eternal mercy for His people. Lamentations 3:34-66 The Voice (VOICE)
It’s never too late to do the right thing; sometimes hope is all you need. -Holy Spirit quote
God appeared to…said, “I accept your prayer; yes, I have chosen this place as a temple for sacrifice, a house of worship. If I ever shut off the supply of rain from the skies or order the locusts to eat the crops or send a plague on my people, and my people, my God-defined people, respond by humbling themselves, praying, seeking my presence, and turning their backs on their wicked lives, I’ll be there ready for you: I’ll listen from heaven, forgive their sins, and restore their land to health. From now on I’m alert day and night to the prayers offered at this place. Believe me, I’ve chosen and sanctified this Temple that you have built: My Name is stamped on it forever; my eyes are on it and my heart in it always…” 2 Chronicles 7:12-18The Message (MSG)