What Ever Happend to In God We Trust?
by Lynn Sheldon
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They set up kings without my consent; they choose princes without my approval. With their silver and gold they make idols for themselves to their own destruction. Hosea 3:4
You know, I don't know when I've ever seen our government so out of touch with reality and so against where the majority of the people are in this nation. Everyday they interject their ideas into our lives and we can't believe what we're seeing or hearing.
While our trust should be in God, we tend to place our trust in the unrighteous hoping they will do what is right. The truth is when we place our trust in others, they will often disappoint us and fall short of our expectations; especially when those we place our trust in do not know our God, nor do they seek Him for answers. And human beings that do not seek God are especially dangerous to freedom of expression and liberty.
Show me a godless nation where free people and have the liberty and opportunity we have had in this country. I can't think of any. Yet, those who are in charge of our nation want to exchange our faith in God for faith in government, which is no faith at all.
This is why, when I go to God's Word I read what the Lord says will happen to us if we continue down such a godless path. History tells us we cannot survive the way we are going. Our preachers should be warning us from the pulpit about repentance and turning away from our sins, but most never talk about sin and they rarely call us to repentance.
I know the Word. I can see what will happen to us, if we don't repent and turn back to the Lord. I can see this, because God does not change. Yes, we may think we have some special protection from the Lord, but you know what, so did the Israelites. So did Judah. If any nation could have counted on the Lord's protection, it was Judah. It was not nearly as wicked as its sister Israel. Judah's religious leaders and false prophets continually told the people God would do nothing against them. After all, they were His people. Instead of war, there would be peace. Instead of God's judgment, God would give them a pass for their behavior, we might call this tolerance today.
So Judah's people became comfortable in their sins. Their nation became corrupt. God gave them over to alcoholism. Neighbor messed with neighbors' spouses. Children were run through the fire. Other gods were lifted up. Generally, people turned from God and the ancient paths to follow their own paths. If any nation could have counted on the Lord's protection, it was Judah. It wan't nearly as wicked as its sister Israel. Judah's religious leaders and false prophets continually told the people, God would do nothing against them. After all, they were His people. Instead of war, there would be peace. Instead of God's judgment, God would give them a pass for their behavior. We might call this tolerance today.
One day, God said to Jeremiah, "Don't pray for them anymore." There would be no hope for the people of Judah, except for God's remnant. God's judgment was long overdue, not based on tolerance or acceptance of their sins. Not hardly. Instead, He loved His people and wanted to give them time to repent and return to Him, but they never did.
Recently, a brother in Christ and I talked about the economic and spiritual mess we are in as a nation.We talked about the chaos our godless government is in where they no longer listen to the people, but do things because they want them done,even though everyone knows their economic promises are unsustainable.
I told my friend why we are in such a mess. I said were in it because we have lost sight of God and His holiness. When this happens, God turns people over to their own destruction. Thus, I believe God may be allowing us to destroy ourselves from within. We are eating our own and tearing down everything that is good about this country and embracing everything that will destroy it.
My friend, who is as close to a prophet as I know, agreed. He then told me what God showed Him. My friend said, "We are past the point of no return." He then said these words that caused me great anguish and sorrow: He said, "God told him, America will never again be the nation it once was. It will never be the same."
Now, how can I trust what this man says? Let me share some history about this man, whose name is Bobby. In the early nineties Bobby told me the Lord showed him broken levies up and down the Missouri river. Soon after that, we had one of the largest floods ever in the history of this nation, as levy after levy broke, leaving devastation in its wake that spanned from Illinois to Mississippi.
During the 2000 Presidential election when I asked him who the next President would be, as lawsuits continued to keep us on edge, he said, "Bush would win by a couple votes." I couldn't believe this. I almost laughed. How could he pick it so close? Then the Supreme Court stepped in and I understood what he told me.
Finally, I had my own prophetic encounter Bobby in 1989. I was on my way to Memphis one morning. During my trip I began to pray about an event God asked me to do. We were a couple weeks from the event and everyone who had volunteered to help, but one or two had deserted the project. I prayed that morning wanting to know what God would have me do.
Driving, I began to pray about an event God asked me to do. The event was a couple weeks away and most of the volunteers had deserted the project for one reason or another. So, I prayed that morning wanting to know what God would have me do.
While driving to Memphis, I decided to exit and get some gas. Funny thing, I didn't need any gas. I just decided to do it. While pumping gas, this man came up to me and introduced himself. The man (Bobby) said he had a word from God. He told me what I was praying about, God wanted me to do. I almost collapsed. How did this man know I had been praying? And how did he know I needed an answer that morning? This was my first encounter with Bobby. And it is one I will never forget.
Anyway, after that encounter, Bobby, my a precious brother in Christ and I became good friends. Over the years, I have learned when Bobby speaks from God's perspective, I better listen.
After Bobby and I finished our discussion, I thought about those haunting words in Jeremiah where it says. "The harvest is past, the summer has ended, and we are not saved" (Jer. 8:20).
Knowing the end is near, I am going to spend my remaining days centering my teaching around this one theme, "Prepare Yourselves for the Coming of the Lord."
It's time we put our personal ships in order. It's time we repent and know time is short. If my friend's predictions come true, it's going to become difficult for us to remain in the faith without suffering persecution. Time will tell if my friend is right or wrong. I just know, in most cases, time has confirmed his words.
So, I am going to spend my remaining days centering my teaching around this one theme, "Prepare Yourselves for the Coming of the Lord."
It's time we put our personal ships in order. It's time we repent and know that time is short. If my friend's predictions come true, it's going to become difficult for us to remain in the faith without suffering persecution. Time will tell if my friend is right or wrong. I just know, in most cases, time has confirmed his words.
Think about it.
Author: Lynn E. Sheldon
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