HEAL OUR LAND
Sermon shared by Fred Sigle
Summary: Our nation is on moral decline. God will continue to bless America and bring healing to our land only if we continue to seek Him.
Denomination: Christian/Church of Christ
Audience: General adults
This is especially EVIDENT at this time when many of our own GOVERNING LEADERS are attempting to DETHRONE God and with the ever declining MORALITY in our COUNTRY, I think you would agree that our NATION needs the HEALING TOUCH of God, our Lord and Savior.
HEALING of our NATION is AVAILABLE only if America FOLLOWS God’s INSTRUCTION laid out in II Chronicles 7:14 (READ).
During the PRESIDENTIAL INAUGURATION, the Bible on which the PRESIDENT-ELECT takes the OATH of OFFICE, is opened to the PASSAGE we just READ. I can only HOPE and PRAY that our PRESIDENT and our FUTURE PRESIDENTS take SERIOUSLY God’s INSTRUCTION for HEALING a NATION.
I. ACTIONS AMERICA MUST TAKE TO PROMOTE DIVINE HEALING
A. HUMBLE ITSELF
1. Being the WEALTHIEST, the most POWERFUL, and/or the most INFLUENTIAL, are not the CHARACTERISTICS that God is CONCERNED about in a NATION.
Because I believe America is all of these I just mentioned, it is so easy for our nation’s LEADERS and for us as its CITIZENS, to be rather PRIDEFUL. Now, this doesn’t mean that we can’t have PRIDE in our NATION. There is absolutely NOTHING wrong in being APPRECIATIVE that we LIVE in a NATION that has been GREATLY BLESSED by God.
But we are not to become ARROGANT thinking that we are BETTER than other COUNTRIES and other PEOPLES. Furthermore, we are not to think that we have become a GREAT NATION by our own POWER and STRENGTH, nor to think that we are INVINCIBLE—that we could never FALL.
2. God has always DETESTED a PRIDEFUL HEART—a HAUGHTY SPIRIT—whether it is within INDIVIDUALS or within a NATION.
a. “PRIDEFULNESS” or “HAUGHTY EYES” is listed first on God’s HATE LIST- Prov. 6:16.
b. Listen to what God says about a prideful NATION- Obadiah 1:1-4 (READ and COMMENT)
3. The remedy is to HUMBLE ourselves before God.
a. James 4:6b- “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”
b. James 4:10- “Humble yourselves before the Lord and He will lift you up.”
Only as long as our NATION’S LEADERS and we as CITIZENS of this great country HUMBLE ourselves before Almighty God and BOW to Him as the KING of kings, will AMERICA continue to be GREAT.
B. PRAY AND SEEK GOD
1. AMERICA exists on PRAYER and the SEEKING of God.
The sturdy men and women who CROSSED the OCEAN to come to our LAND, came not seeking SOIL for their PLOWS or GOLD for their POCKETS, but LIBERTY for their SOULS.
After our PILGRIM forefathers landed at Plymouth Rock, they knelt on their knees, thanking God for their new country.
2. Our forefathers were looking for a PLACE where they could WORSHIP God FREELY as they CHOOSE. Thus, America was BORN and FOUNDED upon the PRINCIPLE of FREEDOM of RELIGION.
A countless number of men and women have FOUGHT and DIED for that FREEDOM. All of us have read the story of George Washington. During those stark days at Valley Forge, the SOLDIERS were STARVING and FREEZING to death. General George Washington was seen
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