Posts Tagged ‘United States’

The Family Good News -Letter

 

Declaration of Independence and American Flag

Editor’s Note: The following message is found in a Christian tract written by Donald Crawford and published by American Tract Society. The work is called Our Declaration of Dependence. My attempt to get copies of this tract was in vain. Therefore I am reproducing the literature in order for you to enjoy this excellent discourse.

Gene McGuire

In July 1776, one of America’s most historic documents was signed in the city of Philadelphia: THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE. It marked the birth of this nation which, under God, was destined for world leadership. But what we often forget is that, in declaring independence from an earthly power, our forefathers made a forthright declaration of dependence upon Almighty God. The closing words of the DECLARATION solemnly declare:

“With a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually

pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.”

It is important that we recall this very basic Declaration of Dependence, for in her prosperity and power, and in her unique position of world leadership, America

today is forgetting the God of our fathers, the God who gave this nation its birth and its present greatness. We need to be reminded of another warning that God gave to another great nation, Israel, on the occasion of her independence. This warning is found in the Bible, and although written over 3,000 years ago, it might easily refer to modern America today.

For the Lord your God is bringing you into a good land. . . a land where bread will not be scarce and you will lack nothing. . .When you have eaten and are satisfied, praise the Lord your God for the good land He has given you. Be careful that you do not forget the Lord your God. . .Otherwise, when you eat and are satisfied. . . then your heart will become proud and you will forget the Lord your God. . . (Deut. 8:7-14)

 

     History has made it abundantly clear that those who declare their independence from God by their lives and actions soon become slavishly dependent upon the circumstances and changes of life. On the other hand, those who have humbly declared their dependence upon God have been remarkably free and independent of concern for life’s uncertain circumstances. Abraham Lincoln, in his 1863 proclamation of a day for national prayer, said:

“Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self-sufficient to

feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace – too proud to pray

to the God that made us.”

So let us pray that our beloved country will have a new birth of freedom; not a freedom from God – which always leads to ultimate moral slavery – but rather a freedom built upon God and His commandments, apart from which any nation will perish. “Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people.”

(Proverbs 14:34)

Let us also pray that each one of us will experience a personal new birth of freedom, a freedom that results from complete trust in the death and resurrection of Christ for the forgiveness of personal sin (Acts 10:34-43). As citizens of the United States, let us also become citizens of heaven, able to say that we “have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God”. (1 Peter 1:23)

 

     Then, like so many of the founding fathers of our beloved country, will we find in God our life, liberty, and true happiness.     

RE: READING THE NEW TESTAMENT IN 30 DAYS

     I read half of today’s assignment this morning and I am attacking the second half this evening. I am really excited about reading larger portions of God’s Word at one setting. I am getting much more out of this method than my usual daily reading.

“TRY IT, YOU’LL LIKE IT”

Gene

p.s.  Here is our guiding principle for the New Year:

“DAILY DELVE INTO THE WORD OF GOD IN 2012”

____________________________________________________________

“Therefore we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us; we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God.” (2 Cor. 5:20)

COMMENT: This world is not our home; we are ambassadors of Christ. Our situation is similar to the condition we had when the Soviet Union was intact. Although we were enemies, each country exchanged emissaries. Suppose the American ambassadors became so enthralled with socialism and autocratic rule that they embraced that philosophy rather than democracy. That can be likened to Children of God who live in this world when they adopt or continue in the sinful ways of this world. This planet is just our temporary home; you might say it’s a “stop over”. In the Army, we used to call this TDY (Temporary Duty). Our home is Heaven. We represent Jesus and those in the world should see Jesus in us and want to emulate us and receive Him as Lord and Savior also. 
SCRIPTURE STUDY: Matthew 5:13-16 and 2 Cor. 3:2&3 
WISE SAYING: I’D RATHER SEE A SERMON THAN TO HEAR ONE ANY DAY. I’D RATHER ONE WOULD WALK WITH ME, THAN MERELY SHOW THE WAY.