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Thursday, May 4, 2006
"Honored By God"
"Those who honor me I will honor" (1 Samuel 2:30).
Today is a national day of prayer here in the United States. The godly remnant of true believers in this nation is called to pray. This morning I prayed at two locations; early at a public gathering in my community right on Main Street and later with believers at a local church. I was asked to lead a segment praying for our civic leaders and civil government.
I certainly believe in the importance of true believers in Christ in each country standing up for God. Our cities need God, our nations need God and our world needs God. I am aware that this encouragement goes out to believers in many different countries around the world so I am sensitive as I try to write for the spiritual edification of all true believers regardless of where they live. I am unaware of other countries that have official national days of prayer as we have here in America. I genuinely believe this is a very important day here in the country where God has providentially ordained that I should live out my life here on this earth.
America is in deep trouble. Although we have an active remnant of true believers, the vast majority of our population gives little or no attention to God. Our entertainment industry is a cesspool of immorality. God's standards of sexuality are mocked. Broken marriages and unstable homes abound. Violence fills the land. Our educational system has been very successful at breaking down the moral constraints.
Parents have neglected to raise their children in the fear of the Lord. Today the leader of our local Christian youth center shared about a nineteen-year-old he is working with who is addicted to marijuana. The boy's own father had introduced the drug to him! Brooksyne and I see this brokenness first hand in our chaplain ministry. In fact this evening I will be preaching at a local prison.
One of the greatest evidences of this trouble is spiritual blindness. I have a message I am preparing on this topic.
The daily Scripture portion is the theme for this year's gathering. "Those who honor me I will honor." This is a timeless Biblical principle that applies to individuals, families, churches and even nations. I want to honor God today and I call on each reader to honor God. There's a promise that is worthy of much pondering that is a result of our honoring God. God will honor us! What an indescribable blessing it is to be honored by God!
Be encouraged today,
Stephen C. Weber
(Today's prayer is longer than usual due to the theme.)
Brooksyne's prayer: Jesus, I come to you today with praise and thanksgiving. I acknowledge Your supreme authority and that you indeed rule over the affairs of men. As one of Your true children I come to you today on the basis of Your saving work in my life. I confess my sin and the great sin of our land. Forgive me for the love I've had for this world when you so clearly called me out of this world and made me a citizen of heaven.
I confess that You alone are the one mediator between God and man and that salvation is found in no one else but You, for there is no other Name under heaven given to men by which I can be saved. I honor You, Jesus, by choosing to live a godly life, denying my fleshly inclinations, and influencing others for Your heavenly kingdom. Thank You for honoring me, even as I bring honor to Your name.
Father I pray that your Kingdom would come and Your will would be done, even as it is always done in heaven. The evil in this world is a constant reminder of the utter depravity of the human race You died for. Thank you that your redemptive purpose goes on and even today thousands will turn to you and invite You to be their Saviour.
I submit to your Lordship this day and declare that indeed Thine is the Kingdom, the Power and the Glory, now and forevermore. Amen."
"Can You Hear Me Now?"
Today's message is a serious call to prayer. I do have a short clip I found online that reminds us of the wonderful access we have to a faithful God. It is humorous and ends with a zinger.
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Personal Mission Statement: "I am created by God to bring Him glory. Through God's Son Jesus Christ I have been redeemed and I make it my life's goal to please the Lord. My mission in life is to honor God through my faith and obedience and to prepare myself and all whom I may influence for eternity."
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