The moral foundation of the U.S. Constitution is found in the Declaration of Independence and its principles pertaining to equal rights. Under the Constitution, government was to be limited to protecting those rights – however, as our government grows in power and becomes less limited – our liberty becomes less secure!!!
“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….”
This country belongs to “We the People“, not to the politicians, not to the media circus, and not to foreign interests, or out-of-control corporations who siphon-off the tax dollars of Americans to line their pockets and save their businesses from their own greed and bad-management decisions!!! I am proud to call America my home. I am thankful to God for those who have helped to build this great land, and for those who have defended her freedom throughout the course of history. We are Americans. We can make a difference regardless of what some my say or believe – America is still here, still strong, and still the Greatest Nation on the Earth! She is just waiting for us – “We the People” to stand up and make a difference.
“This country, with its institutions, belongs to the people who inhabit it. Whenever they shall grow weary of the existing government, they can exercise their Constitutional right of amending it or their revolutionary right to dismember it or overthrow it.”
– Abraham Lincoln
by Charles R. Swindoll
Read 1 Samuel 13:1–14
When God scans the earth for potential leaders, He is not on a search for angels in the flesh. He is certainly not looking for perfect people, since there are none. He is searching for men and women like you and me, mere people made up of flesh, bone, and blood. But He is also looking for certain qualities in those people, like the qualities He found in David.
The first quality God saw in David was a heart for God. “The Lord has sought out . . . a man after His own heart.” What does it mean to be a person after God’s own heart? Seems to me, it means that you are a person whose life is in harmony with the Lord. What is important to Him is important to you. What burdens Him burdens you. When He says, “Go to the right,” you go to the right. When He says, “Stop that in your life,” you stop it. When He says, “This is something I want you to change,” you come to terms with it because you have a heart for God. That’s bottom-line biblical Christianity.
When you are deeply spiritual, you have a heart that is sensitive to the things of God. A parallel verse in 2 Chronicles confirms this: “For the eyes of the LORD move to and fro throughout the earth that He may strongly support those whose heart is completely His” (2 Chronicles 16:9, emphasis added).
What is God looking for? He is looking for men and women whose hearts are completely His—completely. That means there are no locked closets. Nothing’s been swept under the rugs. That means that when you do wrong, you admit it and immediately come to terms with it. You’re grieved over wrong. You’re concerned about those things that displease your heavenly Father. You long to please Him in your actions. You care about the motives behind your actions. That’s having a heart for God, and that’s the first quality David had. Do you have a heart for God?
Deuteronomy 12:29,30 – “When the Lord your God goes ahead of you and destroys the nations and you drive them out and live in their land, do not fall into the trap of following their customs and worshiping their gods. Do not inquire about their gods, saying, ‘How do these nations worship their gods? I want to follow their example.’
In 1908, Israel Zangwill, a British Jew, published The Melting Pot, a play about America that portrayed it as, well, a huge melting pot. He observed that people from all over the world go to America, rub shoulders with each other, and mix until their individual ways of life disappear. What ends up inside the vat bears no resemblance to what went in. It’s a whole new concoction—like a cake mix.
People try to do that with religion, too, melting and stirring until the result is a personal belief system that looks nothing like any of the original ingredients – they become experts on cooking up new religions in the name of tolerance.
Israel was supposed to be intolerant of any religion that did not worship the true God. The religions of surrounding nations were evil and corrupt. They were designed to destroy life, not uphold it. Israel was God’s special nation, chosen to be an example of what was right.
As Christians, we need to be completely intolerant of any sin-especially false religion. We should always be tolerant of people who hold differing views, but we should never tolerate or follow any belief or practice that is contrary to God’s Word. It will lead us away from God and his standards for living.
Jeremiah 33:3 – Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.
This scripture, originally spoken to Jeremiah about the fate of Jerusalem, holds a promise that is true in special ways for us as well. God wants us to call to Him. It is God’s desire to shower His faithful children with blessings and goodness. God often waits for us to ask before He blesses us with what He longs to give us. Yet we lack the ability to comprehend and receive all the great truth about God. He is simply too awesome and glorious for us to fully comprehend Him and His grace.
To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted; A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.
As each of us travel along the paths of our lives we are confronted with the many seasons spoken of in the book of Ecclesiastes. Joy, pain, loss, gain…no mater what time or season you may find yourself in or experiencing right now one thing is certain; God, the Father is still on His throne!
At some of the lowest points in our lives, when we have experienced pain, sickness, suffering or the loss of a loved one, I always hear the question asked: “Why is God allowing this to happen?”
I too have asked that question at times. The truthful answer is that many times only God knows why. It may sometimes seem unfair to be kept in the dark about the events that take place throughout our lives, or to not have the answers to certain questions. But that is where we must exercise our faith and trust in Almighty God, believing in our hearts that He indeed loves us as His children and that it is all a part of His design. We must remain confident and believe that He is firmly in control of not only the many seasons of our lives, but of all things.
Matthew 14:25-27 – And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went unto them, walking on the sea. And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a spirit; and they cried out for fear. But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid.
Many have seen the “Pale Horse and Rider in Egypt” that was captured on video footage by news journalists recently. A spectral image that seems to ride above the heads of demonstrators in the streets of Egypt during their Middle-Eastern conflict before vanishing into thin air. It has raised many questions, doubts and fears among a variety of people. Some claim it to be prophesy being fulfilled from the book of Revelation, others claim it is a hoax or a conspiracy of sorts. I, myself am not certain of what it is. What I do know is that Jesus Christ and God’s Holy Word is real, and though no one knows the hour or the day in which He will return…He is going to return and we should be ready!
It should not matter if the image of the horse and rider is real or fake. What should matter most is the personal relationship we have with Jesus Christ. There have been, and will continue to be many unanswered and unexplainable events in this world – both good and bad, but as long as our faith and trust in Jesus remains firm we have no reason to be fearful.
When those who knew Jesus and those Jesus also knew saw Him walking on the water and were afraid, He told them “…It is I, be not afraid.”
Do you know Jesus? Does He know you?
If we know Jesus, and He knows us – We have nothing to be afraid of.
This was taken from a posting on Facebook (author Unknown), and though I usually don’t import items from Social Sites, I thought this was a beautiful and truthful definition of what a Christian is (or should be) and wanted to share it here. I hope you, dear reader, are uplifted and inspired by its words.
I am a Christian
‘A person’s heart should be so hidden in Christ that a man should have to seek Him first to find them.’
When I say that ‘I am …a Christian’, I am not shouting that ‘I am clean living. I’m whispering ‘I was lost, but now I’m found and forgiven.’
When I say ‘I am a Christian’ I don’t speak of this with pride. I’m confessing that I stumble and need Christ to be my guide.
When I say ‘I am a Christian’ I’m not trying to be strong. I’m professing that I’m weak and need His strength to carry on.
When I say ‘I am a Christian’ I’m not bragging of success. I’m admitting I have failed and need God to clean my mess.
When I say ‘I am a Christian’ I’m not claiming to be perfect. My flaws are far too visible, but God believes I am worth it.
When I say ‘I am a Christian’ I still feel the sting of pain. I have my share of heartaches, so I call upon His name.
When I say ‘I am a Christian’ I’m not holier than thou, I’m just a simple sinner who received God’s good grace, somehow!
Today is Beautiful Christian Person’s Day.
Pretty is as Pretty does but, Beautiful is just plain Beautiful..
I’m supposed to send this to Beautiful People,
and you are one of them!!!
If you share this with another person, you will boost another person’s self esteem, and they will know you care about them!
Be Blessed, Be a Blessing.