Freedom In Christ vs A Flawed And Fallen World

If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed John 8:36

O Lord, please forgive our many sins as a nation. We come before You in the Name of Jesus, asking for the people of this country understand that repentance involves a complete abandonment of our wrongs, replaced by obedience to You. Revelation 2:5 Consider how far you have fallen! Repent and do the things you did at first. If you do not repent, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place.

Although the killing of children is an abomination to You, continually children are slaughtered both inside and outside of the womb. There is an outcry and demand for these crimes to stop, yet it does not. Votes are cast, laws are made and supposedly enforced, but where is justice for these precious ones?  Luke 17:2 It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he cast into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones.

People are killing each other and themselves at alarming rates. When will the value of human life, love for one’s fellow man, woman and child earn a right to exist without claim by another to take it? John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. Matthew 10:28 And fear not them which kill the body but are not able to kill the soul; but rather fear Him which is able to destroy both soul and body in Hell.

There is no respect for authority, the police, government, President and especially not of Almighty God.  There is an outright disregard for the law. But, beware, a harsh and just punishment is coming, for which the consequence will be unescapable. Romans 13: 1 Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers.  For there is no Power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God. Romans 13: 8-10 Owe no man any thing, but to love one another; for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law. For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill. Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. Love worketh no ill to his neighbor; therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.  

Redeemer, You came to offer THE ONLY WAY out of chaos we see as common today. You, Lord, are The ETERNAL SOLUTION, our Savior forever, our ONLY HOPE and SOURCE of PEACE. 1 Corinthians 14:33 For God is not the author of confusion but of peace, as in all churches of the saints. John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am THE WAY, THE TRUTH and THE LIFE, no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me.

You ALONE establish and dismantle kings and kingdoms. The height accomplished or the depths reached, the time called to lead, is all ordained by You. For such a time as this, our country has Her leader, who like all mankind, is imperfect.  Even so, he is the one You chose.  You have provided many supporters praying with and for him and offering encouragement to his family, friends and staff. Until he has served Your purpose, he will remain where You established him to be. 

We trust, You, Lord, to move and direct according to Your Will.  Our trust is in You, not in any individual or group.  We may or may not like a particular person in a position, but unless they direct us contrary to You disapproval does not justify disobedience or disrespect.  There is only One Perfect Leader, with an everlasting dominion; other than that of who have Jesus Christ, all rulers, every land, man-made laws, are imperfect.

Daniel 2:21-22 And He changeth the times and the seasons. He removeth kings, and setteth up kings; He giveth wisdom unto the wise, and knowledge to them that know understanding;  He revealeth the deep and secret things; He knoweth what is in the darkness, and the light dwelleth with Him.

Please continue drawing our country’s leadership to seek Your Wisdom regarding decisions both small and seemingly insignificant, to those with tremendous impact on the people and this wonderful land You provide for us. James 1:5 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not, and it shall be given him.

We seek Your Favor, although undeserved, and ask that You direct us toward lives of self-sufficiency. To function well as a whole, we must first be motivated to grow as individuals, taking personal responsibility for both our actions and in-action. Our reliance needs only to be found in our Creator.  We depend upon You, as we were made able to care for ourselves. Those unable to do so, let compassion, not compulsion through taxation, be our guide. 

There are those who need help and others with means and willingness to assist. Please allow those who can, a benevolent heart to reach out to others.  Please let those who can help themselves, do so.  The future generations need to see that accomplishment requires effort.  Lack of motivation can be overcome, but not by blaming it on anyone or circumstance.  Pulling up and out of a situation, although it can be a struggle, is not impossible.  Help is a tool, not a crutch, not a permanent solution. James 4:8 Draw nigh to God, and He will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.

Please, Father, let our governing body acknowledge that You are our Fortress. We have a Comforter, bringing calm during wild and wicked days. Wisdom, frothing atop a sea of senselessness. You Are the Great I AM, Who knew before time, these days would come to pass, and have already provided a resolve.  Although we do not know it, You do. Jeramiah 29:11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith The Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. Isaiah 55:9 For as the Heavens are higher than the earth, so are My Ways higher than your ways, and My Thoughts than your thoughts.

Thank You for the hope through faith that we share with a broken and worried word. We fear only You, Great King, for You are worthy, You Alone have the Power to restore this country, heal our land and save Her people.

 1 Thessalonians 4: 13-18 But I would not have you ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as other which have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with Him.  For this we say unto you by the Word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. For the Lord Himself shall descend from Heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God, and the dead in Christ shall rise first; Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air and so shall we ever be with the Lord.  Wherefore comfort one another with these words.

Thank You for the liberties and freedoms You provided through the brave men and women in uniform. Also, please make Yourself known to caregivers and those assisting with physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being. Please restore appreciation for those who have chosen careers in serving others, strengthening, refilling and refreshing them. Psalm 23 The Lord is my Shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures; He leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul. He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for His Name’s Sake. Yeah though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for Thou Art with me; Thy Rod and Thy Staff they comfort me; Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies; Thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I will dwell in the House of the Lord for ever.

 Everlasting God, please be with those who are unable to go into work, either through business closure, temporary shut-down, lay-off, illness, childcare arrangements or any other situation, causing stress on families and individuals, financially or in any way. So many are scared and burdened.  Daily, decisions are made about paying rent or feeding a family. Lord Jesus, a time has come where there is hesitation about assembling to praise You. Fear holds too many hostages in its relentless grip. No virus or invisible enemy holds power over our Invisible God!  Isaiah 54:17 No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is of Me, saith The Lord.

Thank You, too, for the police and their families.  Please forgive the vast disrespect they receive when putting their lives at risk. Please direct them to act and react as they should, applying appropriate behavior as each situation dictates, regardless of a culprit’s ethnicity.  Please raise the spirit and morale of those who earnestly seek to protect the public, exposing and purging others whose behavior leads to assumption that all law enforcement is corrupt and unnecessary. Proverbs 28:1 The wicked flee when no man pursueth; but the righteous are bold as a lion. Psalms 82:3-4 Defend the poor and fatherless; do justice to the afflicted and needy.

Scripture says that we were made in Your Image.  Every human has a value, no more, no less than any other, period. Philippians 2:3-4 Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others. Please reveal the hatred in the hearts of mankind. Rather than disgust and raging against the enemy, we strike out against one another. Please shine Your light on his plan to tear the people apart by turning us on each other, rather than uniting us.  The enemy cannot and will not bring peace, only You, God, can usher in reconciliation.  Hatred brings about division. Division brings forth death. Ecclesiastes 4:11-12 Again, if two lie down together, they will keep warm; but how can one keep warm alone? And if one prevail against him, two shall withstand him; and a threefold cord is not quickly broken. Mark 3:25 And if a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand.

Holy and Righteous King, once more regarding children, the framework of our future, please direct how to continue educating them.  While some have people to guide and help with instruction and support, far too many are left struggling.  Structure and assistance needs to be available for every child so they can learn and understand.  For those who are not self-starters, the children who have no access or direction to advance or capture lessons that may confound them, there must be solutions.   Please, Lord, allow this to be a time when wasteful instruction is vacated. Please allow a return of basic subjects rather than indoctrination of various agendas, and history, not fiction.

Teachers and parents are having to learn new concepts, procedures and guidelines, too, so it is concerning that there will be a lower interest in pursuing careers as educators. Proverbs 22:6 Train up a child in the way he should go; and when he is old, he will not depart from it.

History does not need to be re-written, lest it be repeated. Lord, at this current pace of declining social morality, our legacy seems Godless, ergo, without hope. Unless we turn to You and You have mercy on us once again can we say, “Only God could have brought us back from the brink of destruction.” Romans 2:5 But because of your stubbornness and your unrepentant heart, you are storing up wrath against yourself for the Day of God’s wrath, when righteous judgment will be revealed.

For those who believe and trust in Jesus Christ as the One and Only Way to You, Father God, there is a certainty of a day that all will answer, independent of anyone else. Without anyone to blame or claim responsibility, as we stand before our Maker, and an eternal verdict is given. Romans 14:12 So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.

In the Name of Jesus, Philippians 2: 9-11 Wherefore, God also highly exalted Him, and given Him a Name which is above every name. That at the Name of Jesus, every knee should bow, of things in Heaven, and things in earth and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father

Amen

About voicevessel bwc

First, and most importantly, I love Jesus Christ and I trust in Him as my Lord and Savior. I was raised in a Christian home by a godly dad and mom (who planned and had me in July before turning 42 in August), and 5 older siblings. My father passed away when I was 7 and my mother (who went to be with the Lord in 2005 at 81) never remarried. As a child, I was bullied at school, so I did not have many friends. I didn't want to tell my mom this because I knew she had enough worry being a widow at 50. I know what it is like to be lonely. As an adult, God showed me the value of His Friendship and has blessed me, too, with rich relationships with dear friends who also love the Lord. My husband and I (married 31 years as of 2020), have three wonderful, adult children and son-in-law as well as three darling grandchildren. Along with many others, my husband lost his job, but we refuse to be fearful or angry. The Lord has provided for us and we are so thankful for the opportunity to express gratitude through personal contact and occasional memories I share through writing. I believe the Lord has given me a venue to engage with others and a means to share His Word. Thank you for checking out my page. I hope you enjoy what you read. If there is anything positive or insightful in the devotionals (NOT CALLING MY WRITING "INSPIRED" by any means!), I give all credit and glory to Jesus Christ! On the other side of that, when something makes no sense, that's all me
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