Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Proud to be an American....

"And I'm proud to be an American
Where at least I know I'm free
And I won't forget the ones who died who gave that right to me
And I'll gladly stand up next to you and defend her still today
Cause there ain't no doubt I love this land, God Bless the USA"

Today is election day!  And like most people I have wrestled with the decision of who should be our next President.

A week ago I went and watched
"Revive Us" by Kirk Cameron. He interviewed many people such as:
Ben Carson, Francis Chan, Jennifer Rothschild, and James MacDonald.  They talked about the condition of America, that she was in a critical condition,  however, there is still hope for her. We can make a stand as Christians in this nation by living out the faith we have been called to live, and by illuminating a light to those around us that dwells in the  dark. They explained how we as Americans  need to exercise our responsibilities by voting. We still live in a democracy and freedom hasn't come to us free.
A question arose;  how they could possibly vote for the lesser of two evils? Ben Carson had a great analogy; he explained that everyday we wake up and we have to make decisions based on what is right or what we feel is right rather.  The analogy is that we can get a paper cut and not like it and deal with the pain that comes from that even though that the thing is very small,  or we could just have both our legs cut off. Both are things we wouldn't choose but obviously there's a better choice.
In comparison,  we live our lives in critical condition when we choose not to except a free gift that the heavenly Father has given us. We do have free choice and free will and because of sin that entered the world in the beginning of time. We've become very critical but we have an opportunity and Hope because God died for each of us.
God sent His son to die for us while we were still sinners.  He took our sin on His shoulders and choose to pay the punishiment of our sin. He was the ultimate sacrifice.  There is Hope for us as well!
We can choose to walk with Him by confessing with our mouths that He is Lord and believe in our hearts that we are saved. Or we can walk a dark, and lonely path the leads to destruction.
Since God sacrificed His life for us we ought to sacrifice our lives for Him!
I was in critical condition but I found the Hope and peace that comes from the Lord. God is restoring me and giving me a heart for Him! A verse in the bible really scares me......
Matthew 7:22 says "Many will say to me on that day, 'Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?'  Then I will tell them plainly, 'I never knew you.  Away from me, you evildoers"
I don't want to stand before Him and He say He didn't know Me!
So on this day, Election day, when America will get a new President; I can be uncertain of the outcome however, I serve a Father in heaven who is in control and already knows the outcome of this election!
The future is filled with uncertainties but God holds the future in the palm of His hands.....

"God sent His son, they called Him Jesus
He came to love, heal, and forgive.
He lived and died to buy my pardon,
An empty grave is there to prove my Savior lives.

Because He lives, I can face tomorrow.
Because He lives, All fear is gone.
Because I know He holds the future,
And life is worth the living just because He lives.

How sweet to hold a newborn baby,
And feel the pride and joy he gives.
But greater still the calm assurance,
This child can face uncertain days because He lives.

Because He lives, I can face tomorrow.
Because He lives, All fear is gone.
Because I know He holds the future,
And life is worth the living just because He lives.

And then one day I'll cross the river,
I'll fight life's final war with pain.
And then as death gives way to victory,
I'll see the lights of glory and I'll know He lives.

Because He lives, I can face tomorrow.
Because He lives, All fear is gone!
Because I know He holds the future
And life is worth the living just because
HE LIVES