I have been asking the Lord how to pray for our country. My heart has been so heavy, seeing how people are getting more and more violent; more and more humanist - wanting to remove God from everything; more and more outward publicly in their displays of all kinds of sexual goings on.
I was telling one of my sisters the other day, how I'm thankful that my dear Mamaws have already gone to Heaven, because if they saw just the advertising on TV, they would be in complete shock because they were raised that there were some things that one just doesn't speak about publicly.
We have had many cities who once displayed Nativity scenes on the lawns of city halls, libraries, etc., who have been taken to court and have had to remove them, because non-believers say they are offended, and don't want their children exposed to such things. Yet I don't hear about or see anyone standing up against the non-believers who have now taken out advertising on city buses not only nationwide, but worldwide.
I understand now, why Jeremiah was referred to as "The Weeping Prophet" - I too, have cried over the people of our great nation, and know that there will come a time when God's judgment will come.
My study today is from Jeremiah 7:14-20 -
"Therefore, what I did to Shiloh, I will now do to the house that bears my Name, the temple you trust in, the place I gave you and your fathers. I will thrust you from my presence, just as I did all your brothers, the people of Ephraim.
So do not pray for this people nor offer any plea or petition for them; do not plead with me, for I will not listen to you. Do you not see what they are doing in the towns of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem? The children gather wood, the fathers light the fire, and the women knead the dough and make cakes of bread for the Queen of Heaven. They pour out drink offerings to other gods to provoke me to anger. But am I the one they are provoking? declares the Lord. Are they not rather harming themselves, to their own shame?
Therefore this is what the Sovereign Lord says: 'My anger and my wrath will be poured out on this place, on man and beast, on the trees of the field and on the fruit of the ground, and it will burn and not be quenched".
The people were now including their children in their sinful behavior, making them go to gather wood in order to make cakes for the "Queen of Heaven". Who is this queen, you ask? It was a Babylonian goddess, Ishtar. Studies say that the cakes were probably made in her image.
When the law was given to the Israelites, the Lord spoke to them about how to raise their children. This is what he said in Deuteronomy 6: 4 - 9 "Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is One. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorposts of your house".
They knew that the Lord had spoken these words, as Jewish tradition was handed down from one generation to the other. They turned from teaching their children as the Lord had instructed them to do, and were now incorporating them in their wicked ways.
Now in our present time, we have ungodly people who have become teachers in our schools, who want us to teach our children and grandchildren, that homosexuality is "normal" and should be tolerated. Anyone objecting to this is called close-minded, bigots, haters.
From what I've seen on the news lately, with the law not being passed to allow gay couples to marry, it's not the Christians who are acting out in hate or getting violent; it's these very people who preach "tolerance" and "acceptance" who are displaying such behavior.
My heart is heavy; I see my country in a downward spiral at an ever-increasing rate of speed. I see these new signs with Barack Obama's picture and the word "hope" above it. Sorry - he is not my hope. My HOPE is in the Lord Jesus, the ONLY one who can save us.
As I told a dear friend last night - the very last sentence of the Bible says this, "He who testifies to these things(Jesus) says, "Yes, I am coming soon." Amen. Come Lord Jesus. The grace of the Lord Jesus be with God's people. Amen."