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God of Perfect Humility

Way too often, my pride gets in the way of serving You. Way too often, I think myself too valuable for the menial tasks of everyday service. Forgive my arrogance, teach me how to love by my service…not simply my words.

Two centuries ago on this day, You demonstrated for us how we are to represent You as kingdom ambassadors. Not by ruling wisely…not by great deeds worthy of praise, but by simply becoming a servant to all.

In our culture, humbling experiences are to be avoided…we are above being demeaned by others…used by others…that is beneath us.

How wrong my haughty attitude has been. When You knelt and washed Your followers’ feet I was broken…but too often I forget.

Humble me when I forget.

AMEN

Scripture: “Before the Passover celebration, Jesus knew that his hour had come to leave this world and return to his Father…So he got up from the table, took off his robe, wrapped a towel around his waist, and poured water into a basin. Then he began to wash the disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel he had around him.”   John 13: 1,5

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Lover and Defender of Justice

The powers in DC fear Your Light and are choosing to “attack the messengers”.

Who, besides our federal government, knew that citizens attending worship services in Latin were our enemies? Does their devotion to church traditions make them a threat to the god of wokeness and his disciples? I’m so thankful for the vigilance of the FBI. But, am I next? Does my faith present an existential threat to America or just to the darkness? Will I courageously stand in the gap…or buckle to the enemy’s intimidation and authority?

The day is coming when declaring salvation through Christ alone is considered a threat to our “would-be” masters…what will I do?
I, we, cannot stand in our own strength…without You, darkness will surely prevail. Fill us with power and courage from Your Spirit.

AMEN

Scripture: “And the judgment is based on this fact: God’s light came into the world, but people loved the darkness more than the light, for their actions were evil.” John 3:19

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Source of all Truth

I am brokenhearted today, America has embraced despicable lies to support their evil choices.

The evil that abounds in our culture is unimaginable. To quote Jesus in support of abortion or to equate moving illegal immigrants to places that publicly express support and promise to care for them with the historical evil of the slave trade are lies so bold they can only originate in and survive in darkness. The lies are so bold that they should be laughed at and ridiculed…but not in America…they become mainstream talking points repeated by many in the press and among our elites.

When people abandon truth and embrace dark lies to cover their sin, only a turning to the perfect light of Scripture can rescue them. Lord rescue us!

AMEN

Scripture: “You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:32

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Creator of Unflinching Reality

Reality isn’t always what I wish it to be. The unflinching truth of the consequences of sin is devastating. So devastating that to secure for us an eternity of peace and joy with You it required the cross and the shedding of blood.

In America today, we seek safe spaces to hide from truth…we desperately want an alternative reality that soothes rather than challenges…that provides momentary escape from the real world. A people who remove heroes from the public square to lift up criminals. A people who remove the 10 Commandments from public display to avoid their challenge to honor and virtue…have traded the truth for a soothing lie.

Father give each of us the courage to embrace the truth and reject the darkness. You are America’s only hope.

AMEN

Scripture: “This, then, is the judgment: The light has come into the world, and people loved darkness rather than the light because their deeds were evil.” John 3:19

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Father of my Salvation

It seems a perfect metaphor. The day following one of the darkest days of the year…in the midst of winter’s cold surrounded by barren, seemingly lifeless trees and without a glimmer of hope for tomorrow, we choose to celebrate Christmas. Into a dark, lost and desperate world, You sent Your Son to bring light and salvation to mankind.

Jesus is our first responder…He is our hope for eternal joy…He is our escape from the dark grasp of the prince of this earth. Hallelujah! We are rescued…our future is secure.
To all who will accept God’s gracious gift of forgiveness and restoration, Christmas Is the greatest celebration of all. Our independence day has been declared.

Without Jesus, no peace…with Jesus know peace.

AMEN

Scripture: “Jesus spoke to the people once more and said, “I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life.” John 8:12

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Provider of my Sacrifice

It is perfect symmetry…Isaac asked his father, “Where is the lamb for the sacrifice?” His Father responded, “God will provide the lamb.”

And God provided.

More than 3000 years later while all mankind was condemned by their own choice to eternal death. Isaac’s questions rang out across the centuries, “Where
Is the lamb for the sacrifice?”

And God provided.

We have made Christmas in America a mockery. We have forgotten the lamb! We have become willfully blinded and subjugated the blood of the Lamb to an annual pagan celebration of commercialism with excess piled upon excess. Bring me…bring America to her knees in humble repentance before the Lamb. If You hadn’t provided the Lamb, my hope and my joy would be meaningless.

Thank You for the Lamb!

AMEN

Scripture: “…John saw Jesus coming to him and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!” John 1:29

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Cornerstone and Protector of the Church

The American culture is becoming actively anti-Christian. Today’s woke corporate community is increasingly hostile to the Christian community.

One day soon to say, “Our hope is in Christ alone” will be considered “hate speech”. You told us that the world hated Jesus and would one day hate us too. That day has come…Your prophetic words are becoming our daily reality. Your church has always flourished when persecuted…but America’s church has never been faced with the hostilities she is currently facing.

I pray today for the courage I need to represent You boldly. As Your faithful, I must learn to drop to my knees and engage in the spiritual battle raging for the soul of America.
Without Your intervention, Your bride cannot survive.

AMEN

Scripture: “If the world hates you, understand that it hated Me first. If you were of the world, it would love you as its own. But the world hates you, because you are not of the world…” John 15:18-19a

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Keeper of the light

It is comforting to know You are the keeper of truth…but discouraging to see how deceived our nation is by the misinformation propagated by the servants of darkness.

So many of us are lost, blinded by the enemy, and confused, not knowing the right path to follow. For example, the Supreme Court did not make abortion illegal in America but to watch evil create panic in the streets…it would appear the truth has been obliterated.

From my perspective the lie has the microphone and is drowning out the truth. This seems true in so many issues all across the political spectrum that darkness is prevailing in issue after issue.
Lord, raise up an army of your children with the courage, the knowledge and the opportunity to boldly speak truth to the darkness. May Your light prevail.

AMEN

Scripture: “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it.” John 1:5

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My Strong Shelter

Truth and life are under attack from all sides. Threats rising from a desperate attempt to nullify the predictable consequences of casual sex abound.

By denying the existence of a second party (the unborn) in an abortion decision, people blinded by the enemy’s soothing deception, demand unfettered permission to kill their own children. Heaven shudders at the evil.

The darkness reaches to the very pinnacle of our political and elitist culture. Shine Your light on the lies…reveal the truth about the sanctity and incalculable value of every unborn life.
We call ourselves “civilized” yet demand the freedom to sacrifice our own children without penalty. Your followers are standing in the way at great personal risk…protect all standing in the gap for the unborn. O Father, redeem us by Your Spirit or we shall perish.

Amen

Scripture: “You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:32

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Creator of New Hearts,

I’ve been calling out asking You show Yourself mighty in the midst of all the derangement and evil descending on America from all directions.

I’m encouraged to see signs of Your light penetrating the darkness.

It appears that there is a movement of parents all across America engaged in taking back parental control of our public schools. Some of our government’s most egregious efforts to reach further and further into our private lives have been rebuffed.

Now, the spontaneous open-air baptism of hundreds of college students attending a prestigious secular state university…Wow!

While America remains under a dark, ominous and evil cloud. Your light seems to be breaking through with spots of glorious truth…sunlight from heaven.

Thank You for becoming involved…use me…us…to make a difference. Let truth shine brightly.

AMEN

Scripture: “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it.” John 1:5

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