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Rip Van Christians
by Ray Dudley
11/03/08
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Katie, bar the door!!

Tis the season

If you’re one of the many that have begun to fast and pray for the election please accept my thanks and gratitude. It’s an endeavor worthy of our time. I mean, surely, with what’s at stake right now in our country we need to snap to attention and man the watch towers at such a time as this, right? Right?

We’re looking at a possible HUGE swing in the congressional seats coming up for re-election. Supreme Court appointments will definitely be happening and many current rights which we now hold as sacred will be assaulted with a ferocity on a level most of us have never witnessed before. So, this would seem like a logical time to fast and pray, no? A real good time to get serious with the principalities and powers of the air and draw the line in the sand to show just how tough we are spiritually.

Yeah, um, did you happen to notice the horse left the barn quite a while ago? While many of us were jamming the prayer lines to heaven hammering God with making sure He kept His prosperity promises, such as Malachi 3:10 and 3 John vs 2, hell had a field day moving into our government. I’d still like to welcome you to the party though. Albeit, somewhat late. It might be a good time to have that bible study we’ve been meaning to have on Gen. 4:7 “If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door.”

Have a seat, Hannibal

I'm pretty sure that our sin no longer lies at our door waiting for us, but, has actually moved in with us, taken over our home, set the dinner table and is about to serve US as the meal.

You know those prayers you’ve been praying holding God’s feet to the fire using verses such as Psalm 34:10 “...but they that seek the Lord shall not want any good thing” and II Cor. 9:6-11 about sowing and reaping? Well, you may want to keep those handy because you’re going to be needing them. All of the discipline you’ve garnered and honed assaulting the gates of heaven the last few years for a newer home or nicer clothes or constantly reminding God of His promises to heal you are going to come in handy the next few years.

I know you kinda’ know it because today you’re fasting and praying about it. And, really, we’re grateful to have you. There’s some nice ego stroking involved to think that you may be helping to usher in an “Ester” type episode.

Rip Van Christians

You see, it’s only been very recently that most of us have crawled out of our malaise and have come to realize that ANY prosperity in this country (once richly blessed by the gracious hand of God) is about to come crashing down around our holy ears. Powers that are about to take the reins of the once greatest economy ever known to man are sending shivers down the spines of those who cared little about the plight of their fellow men dropping off by the millions into an eternity where nice clothes are VERY low on the priority list.

Yeah, welcome to the party. We’re glad to have you. Fast and pray. Maybe God will be lenient and merciful and turn His ear to you in your current time of need. Maybe. My gut feeling is that we really are about to reap what we’ve sown for the past 2-3 decades and we’re not going to like it one bit. By the way, nice sweater.

Rays other musing can be read here: http://howtopraysuccessfully.blogspot.com/

If you died today, are you absolutely certain that you would go to heaven? You can be! TRUST JESUS NOW

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