An Opportunity to Turn
An Opportunity to Turn Tragedy into Triumph
Having previously warned several preachers that God was angry,
there was no positive response. Because sentence against an evil
work is not executed speedily ... (Ec. 8:11), none believed.
To whom much has been given, much shall be required. That means
you, America. Drugs, violence, families torn apart, financial
ruin ... we have been experiencing personal earth quakes for
quite some time, while the church slept on.
One lady said she heard someone on TV ask, "What did we do to
deserve this?" And as soon as she heard the question, the answer
came. As a result of God's response to her, this lady said, "In
past tragedies, America was shaken. This time, we got spanked."
If only by the candidates they choose; New York City supports
such things as abortion, in a more unified way. Others shed
spiritual blood in less visible ways: attacking whatever they do
not understand, thinking it the will of God to separate from
everything not like them, not allowing people to serve as God
calls them, etc.). To subvert a man in his cause, the Lord
approveth not (La. 3:36). Blood for blood (Ge. 9:6), the moon
will turn to blood (Ps. 89:37, Ez. 33:4); if that is what it
takes. Every knee shall bow.
Tragedy reminds us of the important things in life and draws us
to unity that would otherwise never be. It causes us to get on
our knees and look up. The center of our earth shook. The land
quaked ... this time, in a way that no one could ignore.
Those involved in internet ministry have withstood the gates of
hell to go to the highways and hedges, and against criticism
from without and within. One person suggested that the church
just received their wake-up call.
Having asked God how many prophecies had to come to pass, He
said, "As many as it takes."
Signing petitions will not make our world better. Neither will
hanging flags or lighting candles (even though we do so because
we care). Though, if we really want to make a difference, we can
start believing that God meant what He said.
Consider who might be on your throne. Is your opinion the
ultimate authority? How about your religion? Or, your preacher?
Or, maybe a church committee? Even your mate? Your children?
God wants His throne back; the throne of our heart. It is
really that simple. The Kingdom of God comes not with
observation; not from memorizing every verse of scripture or
from being the perfect example either.
God gets lonely, too. More than anything we could possibly
offer God, He desires an intimate relationship with us. Do we
get our daily walk from a book of dead laws or from a Living God
who walks and talks with us? God will come down and dwell with
us once He is welcomed.
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While it is never God's will for people to hurt people, anger
is of concern in that ~ as long as we place blame elsewhere, we
miss the ultimate truth that 'we did it to ourselves'.
"If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble
themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their
wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive
their sin, and will heal their land," II Ch. 7:14.
God wants to love us in ways we never dreamed. But, He can only
do so once He has first place. Let us not wait for another