America’s Last Call – Nehemiah Cared

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“Hanani, one of my brothers, came to visit me with some other men who had just arrived from Judah. I asked them about the Jews who had returned there from captivity and about how things were going in Jerusalem.” Nehemiah 1:2 He had just found out that his home nation was in trouble. This was a place that he loved and cared about so what did he do first? He prayed. He prayed because he cared. He did not just sit down and say, “This is not my problem. I am not living there and it is long way from where I now live.” “I will search with lanterns in Jerusalem’s darkest corners to punish those who sit complacent in their sins. They think the Lord will do nothing to them, either good or bad.” (Zephaniah 1:12) Nehemiah was not complacent. Complacent means: contented with oneself or one’s situation to a degree that prevents self-criticism, further progress, or appropriate response to signals of danger or risk. This is the problem with our nation; we are complacent; we don’t want to get involved. We want to live in our own world and not see what is happening in our nation. Nehemiah cared enough to ask. He cared about traditions of the past and the needs of the present. He cared about the future. He cared about his heritage, his ancestral city, and he cared about the glory of God. Some people don’t want to know what’s going on, because information might bring obligation. “What you don’t know can’t hurt you.” This is true to a point, but what we don’t know can hurt us. When we truly care about people, we want the facts, no matter how painful they may be. Closing our eyes and ears to the truth could be […]

America’s Last Call – Endurance

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“And many will turn away from me and betray and hate each other. And many false prophets will appear and will deceive many people. Sin will be rampant everywhere, and the love of many will grow cold. But the one who endures to the end will be saved.” Matthew 24:10-13 This sounds like the days that we are living in. Jesus goes on to tell us, “The day is coming when you will see what Daniel the prophet spoke about—the sacrilegious object that causes desecration standing in the Holy Place.” (Reader, pay attention!) (Matthew 24:15) We see this happening in our churches today. We see things in our churches that should not be in the church. They should not be in God’s house. Even with everything that is happening, we see Jesus telling us what we need to do, endure. We must continue to proclaim the Good News of the Gospel. We must continue following God’s lead. At times it will be more than we can handle, but with God’s help we can endure. Several years ago I wrote a series of devotions on Nehemiah, it spoke to me then and God is leading me to write about Nehemiah. There are so many lessons we can learn from this great book. Many of these lessons apply to the day we live in and what we need to do to change our nation. God is calling us to be determined. Nehemiah was determined. God’s work is never easy and in the last days it is getting more and more difficult. The Enemy is hurling his ammunition at us as never before and he is setting his subtle traps where we least expect them. Nehemiah is about building a wall. This wall was a physical wall around Jerusalem. The wall I want […]

America’s Last Call – Reality

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y “They said to me, “Things are not going well for those who returned to the province of Judah. They are in great trouble and disgrace. The wall of Jerusalem has been torn down, and the gates have been destroyed by fire.” Nehemiah 1:3 This scripture tells us that Judah was in great trouble. The walls have been torn down and the gates have been destroyed. America’s walls have been torn down and we are in great trouble. The walls are not physical walls, but spiritual walls. If we don’t have God’s spiritual walls protecting us, we are in more trouble than Judah was. We must work at rebuilding these walls in our nation. The first thing we need to do is face reality. Satan is the master of illusion. He wants us to think that there is no problem or that there is nothing that we can do about these problems. These are both lies. The only way that these walls can be repaired is by the power of God. We as followers of Jesus Christ have that power. We have that power by the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to the Father. And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask anything in My name, I will do it. If you love Me, keep my commandments.” (John 14:12-15) God gave this authority to all believers. All we have to do is believe and have faith. We have the power through our prayers. Just like Nehemiah rebuilt the walls around Judah, we can rebuild […]

America’s Last Call – Renewing Your Mind

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“And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” Romans 12:2 The battle is in the mind. Satan battles us more in our minds than any other way. The temptation in the Garden of Eden was Satan telling Eve that if she would sin she would be as smart as God. He tempted her in her thinking. Sin always starts in our mind. Satan plans a thought and then it leads to sin. If we are going to fight Satan and walk a victorious life in God, we must renew our minds. We must think spiritually not physically. We all think and make decisions from our perspective. Our perspective comes from our education and our environment. When Jesus saves us and filled us with the Holy Spirit, we have the power to control our minds and resist Satan. The problem is we need to change the way we think. This takes work on our part. We need to saturate our minds in God’s Word and spent time in prayer with God. We must view the world through God’s perspective. When we renew our minds, we bring the Kingdom of God to earth. It is so important to walk in the Spirit. When we are walking in the spirit, the world can see and feel the spirit of God as we go about our daily life. It’s an amazing thing that as we talk to someone, we can know that they are a disciple of Jesus Christ because our spirit tells us that we have a kindred spirit. We carry the presence of God wherever we go. Renewing the mind begins with repentance. Repentance of our sins and […]

America’s Last Call – Remnant

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“Finally, Abraham said, “Lord, please don’t be angry with me if I speak one more time. Suppose only ten are found there?”And the Lord replied, “Then I will not destroy it for the sake of the ten.” Genesis 18:32 This is the story of Sodom and Abraham interceding for the city. Abraham started with fifty and ends with ten. This tells us there was not even ten righteous in the city. The rest of the story is that God did destory the city with fire, because of their sins. We also read in the Bible that God spared the city of Nineveh. “When God saw what they had done and how they had put a stop to their evil ways, he changed his mind and did not carry out the destruction he had threatened.” (Jonah 3:10) “The people of Nineveh believed God’s message, and from the greatest to the least, they declared a fast and put on burlap to show their sorrow.” (Jonah 3:5) They repented and God showed His mercy. America is being warned that we must repent and turn from our sins. What is holding off God’s judgment and anger on America? It is God’s remnant. America does have a remnant; people that are lifting up their voices to God asking for revival in our communities and in our nation. If we are going to bring change to our nation, we cannot stop telling others about Jesus and praying. Prayer is the key to turning our nation back to God. We cannot take it easy. “How do you take it easy when His fire burns within? How do you take it easy in a world that’s crushed by sin? How do you take it easy with a thousand tribes to tell? How do you take it easy in […]

America’s Last Call – Our Fortress

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“In You, O Lord, I put my trust; Let me never be ashamed; Deliver me in Your righteousness. Bow down Your ear to me, Deliver me speedily; be my rock of refuge, a fortress of defense to save me.” Psalm 31:2-3 Everyday as I hear the news, my spirit is burdened more and more. I do not know how God can allow America’s sin to continue. As I pray and seek God, I feel that God is telling me that judgment will come to America. It is only a matter of time. If we are making spiritual preparation, God is our fortress. We need to be getting our hearts in order, dealing with sin in our lives, calling on the Lord with greater intensity, trusting in His Word, and building up our faith. Then you are getting ready for anything that is going to happen. You will be ready to face a depression, loses and all of the calamities around you. You will be ready for all the troubled waters, floods, fiery furnaces, persecution, crop failures, droughts, shortages, sicknesses and you will be ready when the trumpet of God sounds in the last hour. “Even though the fig trees have no blossoms, and there are no grapes on the vines; even though the olive crop fails, and the fields lie empty and barren; even though the flocks die in the fields, and the cattle barns are empty,  yet I will rejoice in the Lord! I will be joyful in the God of my salvation! The Sovereign Lord is my strength! He makes me as surefooted as a deer, able to tread upon the heights.” (Habakkuk 3:17-19) This is the trust we must have in God. Today’s Bible Reading: Matthew 6:25-34

America’s Last Call – Through the Fire

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“Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.” Proverbs 3:5-6 Every year God gives me a scripture to start off my year. Last year was Habakkuk 3:1, “I will stand my watch and set myself on the rampart, and watch to see what He will say to me, and what I will answer when I am corrected.” Last year was a year of correction. God corrected a lot of my wrong thinking and He corrected me on my call to the ministry. I believe this year is going to be a year that we must learn to trust in God. I believe that we need to prepare for the times that are coming. Many people are preparing for hard times by bodily and materially concerns. I do not believe that this is God’s plan for hard times. We need to be preparing spiritually for the times that are coming. We need to be learning to trust in God with our entire heart. Those who right now are setting their hearts and minds to seek God with all of their being, saturating their hearts and minds with His Word and cleaving to Jesus Christ more and more. They are safer and more protected than those who have stored away a year’s supply of food. God is going to bring us through the fire so that we will come out on the other side stronger than when we went in. In Daniel we see the King putting Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednigo in the blazing furnace; then turning the heat up as high as possible. They came out of the fire not even smelling of smoke. This was because they […]

America’s Last Call – God’s Presence

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“Then Asa cried out to the Lord his God, “O Lord, no one but you can help the powerless against the mighty! Help us, O Lord our God, for we trust in you alone. It is in your name that we have come against this vast horde. O Lord, you are our God; do not let mere men prevail against you!” 2 Chronicles 14:11 Asa was a king in Judah and he led God’s people to a miraculous victory over Ethiopia’s million man army. Afterward he testified it was God’s presence that scattered the enemy. God told Asa the secret of getting and maintaining the presence of God in his life. “Then the Spirit of God came upon Azariah son of Oded, and he went out to meet King Asa as he was returning from the battle. “Listen to me, Asa!” he shouted. “Listen, all you people of Judah and Benjamin! The Lord will stay with you as long as you stay with him! Whenever you seek him, you will find him. But if you abandon him, he will abandon you.” (2 Chronicles 15:1-2) When God’s presence is missing, everything is out of kilter, with no law, guidance or righteous teaching. Every one becomes a law unto himself; doing what is right in his own sight. This is what we see in our nation today. We have asked the presence of God to leave. If God’s presence is not with us, we see everything out of order. There is no peace and no rest. God promised that if we abide in Him He will give us His rest. “For only we who believe can enter his rest. As for the others, God said, “In my anger I took an oath: ‘They will never enter my place of rest,’ even though […]

America’s Last Call – Understanding God

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“Our ancestors trusted in you, and you rescued them. They cried out to you and were saved. They trusted in you and were never disgraced. “Psalm 22:4-5 I do believe that America is on its last call. God has warned us many times and we have only told God to leave. I don’t believe that God is going to let America go on down the road we are on. He is going to withhold His blessing and we are going to be judged for our actions. I do believe there is hope. There may not be hope for America as a whole, but God will protect and provide for His people. There is a message of hope in these times that we live in. If we are going to have hope, we need the presence of God in our lives. We need to realize that without God we can do nothing, without trust in God we can do nothing. The Old Testament is full of examples of the wonderful blessings that come because of God’s presence. The story of Moses was one of those examples.  “If it is true that you look favorably on me, let me know your ways so I may understand you more fully and continue to enjoy your favor. And remember that this nation is your very own people.” The Lord replied, “I will personally go with you, Moses, and I will give you rest—everything will be fine for you.” Then Moses said, “If you don’t personally go with us, don’t make us leave this place.” (Exodus 33:13-15) This should be our prayer just as Moses said, ‘Lord, help me to fully understand your ways and trust in all that you do.” Most of the times we don’t trust God because we don’t understand that God’s […]

America’s Last Call – Warning to the Churches

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“Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me. To him who overcomes I will grant to sit with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne. “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.” Revelation 3:20-22 I believe that what Jesus said to these churches in Revelation is what He is saying to our churches today. Let review what Jesus said, Ephesus (Revelation 2:1-7) – the church that had forsaken its first love (2:4). Smyrna (Revelation 2:8-11) – the church that would suffer persecution (2:10). Pergamum (Revelation 2:12-17) – the church that needed to repent (2:16).Thyatira (Revelation 2:18-29) – the church that had a false prophetess (2:20).  Sardis (Revelation 3:1-6) – the church that had fallen asleep (3:2). Philadelphia (Revelation 3:7-13) – the church that had endured patiently (3:10). Laodicea (Revelation 3:14-22) – the church with the lukewarm faith (3:16). The letters to the seven churches was God giving to us so that we might examine our lives and our ministries. Judgment is going to come to this world, but it first begins at God’s house. “For the time has come for judgment to begin at the house of God; and if it begins with us first, what will be the end of those who do not obey the gospel of God?” (1 Peter 4:17) In these letters we find encouragement as well as rebuke. May God help us to hear what the Spirit is saying today to the churches and to us as individuals.