Today’s Reading – Psalms 21 – 25 (Click on the references to listen to the audio – Click here to view the passage from Blue Letter Bible)
Read the “0620 Evening and Morning” devotion for today, by the late Charles Haddon Spurgeon
“Our fathers trusted in thee: they trusted, and thou didst deliver them. They cried unto thee, and were delivered: they trusted in thee, and were not confounded.” (Psalm 22:4-5)
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.” (From the Declaration of Independence)
Good morning. Why are many Americans embracing the godlessness of Socialism? Many of them don’t realize that they are loosing their freedom in doing so. Many of you may not remember, but, in 1992, the controlling government of New Jersey (Gov. James Florio (Democrat)) made the decision that eggs served in restaurants must be cooked all the way through. You lost the freedom of dipping your toast in the nice, juicy, yolk. That didn’t go over too well. That was in January of 1991, and many restaurants refused to comply. The law was gone by June 8, 1992. Even today people are complaining about social distancing and wearing a face mask. I just got back from Florida and glad I did not have to wear a face mask there until we reached Virginia. New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (Democrat) appears to be dragging his heels in opening up businesses. People need something, that’s how businesses start and continue. But, you know what? Those who started this great nation trusted in God, and that God would deliver them from the evils who were suppressing them. Today I was sitting outside the RV watching the breeze go softly through the tree leaves. I thought about King David…
“Therefore David enquired again of God; and God said unto him, Go not up after them; turn away from them, and come upon them over against the mulberry trees. And it shall be, when thou shalt hear a sound of going in the tops of the mulberry trees, that then thou shalt go out to battle: for God is gone forth before thee to smite the host of the Philistines. David therefore did as God commanded him: and they smote the host of the Philistines from Gibeon even to Gazer.” (1Chronicles 14:14-16)
I thought about this for a few more minutes and then the tops of the trees started moving as a strong breeze passed by. God is going before us. He is the only one who can make things in this nation right, and once more America can be a Godly nation. Even though with the rioting and looting and burning, what can we do? Let’s take a look at Job…
“There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and that man was perfect and upright, and one that feared God, and eschewed evil. And there were born unto him seven sons and three daughters. His substance also was seven thousand sheep, and three thousand camels, and five hundred yoke of oxen, and five hundred she asses, and a very great household; so that this man was the greatest of all the men of the east. And his sons went and feasted in their houses, every one his day; and sent and called for their three sisters to eat and to drink with them. And it was so, when the days of their feasting were gone about, that Job sent and sanctified them, and rose up early in the morning, and offered burnt offerings according to the number of them all: for Job said, It may be that my sons have sinned, and cursed God in their hearts. Thus did Job continually.” (Job 1:1-5)
And what about Jesus…
“What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us? He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things? Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God’s elect? It is God that justifieth. Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:31-39)
“Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.” (Hebrews 7:25)
We can see by the deeds of the people that many are of their father, the devil, and it is his works that they do. What can we do? Intercede for them: ask God to forgive them and open their hearts to the Truth: pray for them as Job did his sons, and Jesus does for us…
“If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” (2Chronicles 7:14)
Only God can change a person from the inside out. We need to beg Him to remove the evil that covers our land.
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