Louise, what a very beautiful devotional. It really meant a lot to me because the very same things have been planted in my heart as of late. But one thing in particular really made me tear up. "We have to stop fighting with other denominations. We have to stop pointing fingers. We have to stop saying "If you belong to this denomination you are not a Christian and all of you are going to hell." We Christians have to stop all of these things right now!
As a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, better known as the Mormons, we have been the recipients of much ridicule and hate and thought of as a cult. I know that we are Christians because we worship Jesus Christ of the New Testament and God of the Old Testament. Our greatest desire is to get along with all denominations and live Christ like lives by loving all our neighbors no matter what their church affiliation or non church affiliation is, because you are right Louise, God IS in control and our only focus should be on " getting on our knees and humbling ourselves before God. We should be acknowledging that the LORD is in Charge and is in Control. We should be surrendering every single area and aspect of our lives to Him. We should be completely dependent on The LORD."
I am reminded that the Holy Spirit spoke 'these words' to me some time ago. "Rely wholly upon the merits of Jesus Christ to save." Your words, to completely depend upon the Lord, were a blessing for me as they confirmed the Holy Spirits words spoken to me.
I do believe your devotional was inspired and thank you so much for it. You uplifted me tonight as I read it and gave me hope for the future with blessed souls as yourself to associate with.
1 Cor. 6:19-20 "What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's."
I am so glad you posted your devotional Louise for it is a good one - one that is in line with what the LORD has been speaking to my heart. One our brethren NEEDS to hear! Please keep posting. As you continue to draw near to Him, He will draw near to you and continue to give you the words to say.
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"If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land." 2 Chronicles 7:14 NKJV
In view of all the shootings, of all the hate groups, of all the hate crimes, the poor economy, politicans fighting with each other and the other parties and all the unrest going on in The United States it is time for all us Christians to Wake Up!
I have said us because I am including myself. We have to stop fighting in our churches. We have to stop fighting with other denominations. We have to stop pointing fingers. We have to stop saying "If you belong to this denomination you are not a Christian and all of you are going to hell." We Christians have to stop all of these things right now!
What should we be doing? We should be getting on our knees and humbling ourselves before God. We should be acknowledging that the LORD is in Charge and is in Control. We should be surrending every single area and aspect of our lives to Him. We should be completely dependent on The LORD.
What else should we be doing? We should be on our knees confessing and repenting of all our sins. We should be on our kness confessing and repenting for the sins of The United States. We should be fasting and praying for all of the above. It does not matter if we do a complete fast or a partial fast like the Daniel Fast. We just have to be in prayer and in fasting.
The above things should be done together by all Christians living in The United States and it's territories. We have to ban together in unity! If we do them then the LORD will hear us and will heal The United States and it's territories.
The last thing we have to do is to do all of the above without doubting. As Christians we have to remember: "For with God nothing will be impossible." Luke 1:37 NKJV
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