God’s Blessing

Weekly Sabbath  Survey
God’s Blessing   —  12-28-13
 
Happy, blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord. Psalm  144:15
 
As we approach the  New Year, I am thinking back on a national frenzy among  Believers in the past few years, over the Scripture in Jeremiah that  starts, “If my people who are called by my name . . .”  It goes on with a  call to repent from evil doing and get back with the Lord in order for the  nation to be blessed. It also states that God’s plan is that His  people are blessed.
 
Lincoln called us ‘a nation under God.’ And when He said it, it was by  far more true than it is today  God has  had several of His servants write about what it means to belong to Him, to  be a people who are blessed of the Lord. Our founding father’s were no doubt  very aware of the Book of Jeremiah. (People actually read their Bibles back  then.) So they founded our nation in God, encouraging us to live  moral lives, punish wrong-doers, and craft laws for decent  living.  As a result, this nation enjoyed ‘favored nation ‘ status that was  unprecedented in human history except for the reigns of David and Solomon, kings  on the nation of Israel established in The Promise Land.
 
America as a whole has spiritually strayed a LONG way from what we once  were. In those days, some may have honored God with their lips, but most  would never publicly deny God’s existence. Now, we are  politically correct, celebrating our diversity, and passing more laws  to ensure we are all treated equally. The only group that is watched and  declared evil by just about everyone from Hollywood to D.C., is the Born Again  Pain-in-Neck Bible Believers. Everybody else is just fine. Sin cannot be  denounced publicly without serious repercussions.
 
When the Lord blesses, it happens gradually, step by step. If the blessing  is taken away, and the curse comes, it is gradually. Like frogs in the  water pot, we slowly became an ungodly nation by merely adjusting  to the increasing evil until it is just about too late to keep America from  being boiled to death.
 
The Scripture reference below is part of the farewell  address of Moses. In it, he recounts the history of their removal from  slavery in Egypt, up to the day he is speaking. They are graduating  from the wilderness “training” and going on to life in the  Promise Land. Moses is thorough and to the point as he recounts what it  takes to be a blessed nation. See if you can draw a parallel with America’s  past in this:       
 
It  shall come to pass, if you will listen carefully to the voice of the Lord your  God, to observe and to do all His commandments, which I (Moses) am  giving you today, the Lord your God will set you on high above all the nations  of the earth: 
 
And  all these blessings will come on you and overtake you, if you will listen  to the voice of the Lord your God. You will be blessed in city and in the  fields. Blessed will be the fruit of your body and the fruit of your cattle and  other animals. Blessed will be your harvest basket and your storehouse. You  will be blessed when you come in and blessed when you go out. The Lord will  cause your enemies who make war with you to be defeated by you.
 
The Lord will establish you as a holy people as He has  sworn to you, if you will keep the commandments of the Lord your God, and  walk in His ways; and all the people of the earth will know that you are  called by the name of the Lord and they shall fear you. Deuteronomy  28
 
The way for us to have God’s blessing now is by individuals and families  being blessed. People who will honor God and His Word and do those things  that open the hand of blessing. But no matter how we pray, weep, and fervently  sing God Bless America, it will not happen unless there is a  God-breathed, large scale national repentance/revival that sweeps the majority  of our citizens into the arms of the Lord.
 
Charlene  Reams Manning
Believer  in the Lord Jesus Messiah
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