Devotional Special During COVID-19 & Unstable Times in America

Summer Solstice

(c) Gloria S. Schloss 2020

Scriptures:  John 8:12; Revelation 21:23-25 & 2 Timothy 3:1-5

On Saturday, June 20th of this year, we welcomed the Summer Solstice, otherwise known as the longest day of light.

But here in the USA, not much attention was paid that day to the length of the shining of the sun.  Too many have been preoccupied by protests, rioting and COVID-19.  Citizens of our country are too concerned about their health, their rights, their ability to supply basic necessities for their families, destruction of their businesses, their safety and lawlessness.

Most of us see our freedoms subject to being destroyed by individuals who are being misled by corrupt and ungodly people.  We can see scripture coming to life as read in 2 Timothy 3:1-5, one of our scriptures listed above.

To our unbelief, we see our religious freedoms wavering because Godless politicians, and those who support them, have deemed church “unessential” and many in the news media have ignored the potential demise of all our freedoms.

Have you noticed that so often the media and others praise the fact, that even during our lockdown, people could still purchase liquor? Have you noticed that abortion clinics  have been allowed to stay open and perform abortions during this lockdown?   Praises to the state governments are not only lauded for these actions, but also, now that various phases of the lockdown have been initiated, bars can now be open.  Our President has declared churches “essential;” but, still many governors are adamant that churches cannot meet.

It does not appear that a majority of our citizens are bending their knees to God for help and solutions, for forgiveness and repentance.  Some Americans have, perhaps out of fear, been bowing their knees to certain citizens of the United States.  Even our elected officials are doing so.  Some are physically bowing; others are bowing by means of financial support for the uprising against our country and some are just verbally bowing.

We do need to make some changes.  We do need to truly love each other.  But, we need to be level-headed and truly and full of the love of God meet these challenges.  Always we should remember the scripture which tells us that “…we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” – Ephesians 6:12.  We need to engage prayerfully for guidance from Almighty God and pray for all our leaders to do the same.  If we pray earnestly and we listen attentively,  God will enlighten us with the wisdom we need to bring us forward in this country in love and unity.,

But, that begs one question: When are we in America finally going to fall on our knees before our Lord God and place Him in authority once again in this United States of America?

God is our Leader.  God is our Deliverer.  Many love our country; but, as born-again believers, we are to love Him more.  We cannot be afraid, as many are today, to allow ourselves to be subject to the fear that is permeating our country.  There is a verse of scripture, which is not quoted very often, but I believe is extremely apropos for this circumstance we are in today.  In Matthew 10:28, we read the words of our Lord, Jesus Christ, “And fear not them who kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul; but rather fear Him Who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.”

This year, 2020 is not over yet!  Our souls and our spirits, as Christians who read the Bible regularly and have garnered knowledge and understanding because it has been given to us through our relationship with God the Three in One, should, at this point in time, recognize that God is not happy with the world as a whole and the direction in which we all are headed.

However, as born-again believers in the USA, we have to look at the demise of this country as we have seen it spiral out of control because our citizens have embraced evil over good.  Our country’s leaders have decided what is right or wrong and have left the wisdom of The Holy Bible behind.  How many of us just went along with new laws and regulations because it was easier?  I sincerely hope that all of us, who have allowed evil over good to prevail, have asked for God’s mercy and forgiveness in each of our lives.

As I just said, laws have been established against God’s laws.  And now our country is paying the price of what happens to a civilization which twists and makes laws for convenience sake and not for the will of God.  We now see what happens to this civilization which fights between itself.  Again, in the words of Jesus from Mark 3:24 & 25,“And if a kingdom be divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand.  And if a house be divided against itself, that house cannot stand.”

We are so divided!!!

In addition, our hedge of protection from evil forces infiltrating our country was taken down by God decades.  A subject for another time.  It was not taken down because God wanted to; but because we are always moving further and further away from His Word.

Here in America we have lived in the lap of luxury.  Statistics have even shown that our poorest are richer, by far, than millions across the globe.  We have become decadent, selfish, prideful and full of corruption.  One does not have to be wealthy to fall into any of those categories.  We have dedicated ourselves to carnal living and not to the God of the universe.

Many are doing their best to erode our Constitution and our Bill of Rights which had been established because God  blessed this country into existence.  Have we, or all our leaders, been perfect?  NO.  But then, no earthly being is!  Only Jesus Christ was perfect.  God placed this country into existence for one purpose.  Just as with all things God supports, it is for His glory.

As born-again believers in our Lord, we should be very concerned and prayerfully bring all our citizens before God Almighty.  This year is not yet finished!  We not only have those trying to bring an end to this country as we know it, but, most importantly, we also, as with the Church at Laodicea in the Book of Revelation, have left our first Love.  This country, as a whole, worships everything but God.

The Bible clearly illustrates how God deals with such nations.  Will we have an awakening and revival in this country or will we just keep poking the eye of God?  The consequences are in our hands.  Is the entire world, because of disbelief and evil, entering the “Time of Sorrows?”  Only God knows for sure.  The one thing I do know is that we, as true believers, have been “Elevated through Christ” and our future is secure.

Have we forgotten that the “Son shines” every day and every night and the brightest and lasting Light is not just for one day of the year, but forever when we honor, praise and worship our Lord, Jesus Christ?  Many live in America who never have accepted that  Son to shine in their lives daily.  Just as most were preoccupied by the events and difficulties of this country and paid little or no attention to the longest day of June 20, 2020, so also has little attention been given to Jesus Christ, the Light of the World.

However we, as born-again believers, need now more than ever to remember it is He Who deserves our praise, worship and bended knee.  We also need our prayers and our endeavors to continue to bring The Gospel and the saving grace to people who are lost, fearful, hurting and full of despair.  Lord knows our land is permeated with people ready to give up and they look for everything they think will help them but the Savior and Light of the world.

Our calling is to take the Truth of the “Light of the World” to the unsaved.  The “Light of the World” within our hearts shines day and night forever.  It is not a one day event, once a year!

Many are lost in our country.  Many call themselves Christians and really do not have the foggiest idea what it really means.  It is our calling as true, solid followers of Christ Jesus to help lead the misguided into a true relationship with their Savior.  We do not take them into true salvation, that is the role of The Holy Spirit; but, we can lead them to listen to His voice and come to a complete honest belief in our Savior and Lord.

Why?  We know the answer.  As true believers we should not want any person to be lost.  We should not want anyone to hear the words quoted by Jesus in Matthew 7:21-23, “Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter unto the kingdom of heaven, but he that doeth he will of my Father, who is in heaven.  Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name?  And in the name have cast out demons?  And in thy name done many wonderful works? and then will I profess unto them, I never knew you; depart from me, ye that work iniquity.”

Will our country overcome for God the evil that runs rampant today?  I certainly do not know.  Only God knows.  But this I do know, our calling, as we read in Matthew 28: 18-20, solicits us to witness to those we can.  Whatever happens, everything through out the entire world will eventually be done for the glory of God.

May each of us do our part to carry the Good News to a dying America!

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With Love in Christ and for His glory,

Gloria

P.S. As I had written this on Monday, June 22, I had heard about a tweet which had been sent out concerning the destruction of “white Jesus.”  Later that evening, the tweet came across the TV.  I decided to put it at the end of this letter so you can become greatly aware of the peril  we are facing in America right now.

This is a harrowing tweet.  Please pray for this man and others who believe as he does.  The man’s name is Shaun King.  I looked him up on Google.  He is an activist and one of the most famous and outspoken supporters of BLM.  Google says he is not one of their leaders although others say he is.

Tweeted on June 22, 2020:

” murals and stained glass windows of white Jesus and His European mother and their white friends should come down.  They are a gross form [of] white supremacy.  Created as tools of oppression.  Racist propaganda.  They should all come down.”

God have mercy on us all if this is what it has come to in this country and perhaps around the world!