Just one phrase from a famous song that was typically sung at Thanksgiving celebrations. Now, more than ever, we need to ask the Lord to continue to bless us and hold our beloved nation together. With so many challenges ahead, and the divisions that have been wreaked upon us by nefarious individuals in our government, in the media, in our educational system, and internationally (that have their sights on killing us and Israel); we need such protection from God now, more than ever.
America has been THE most blessed nation in the history of the world!
Why is this so?
Because our Founders believed in God, His Son, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit. Thus, they wrote documents that reflected such beliefs which had their origin in the Bible, and applied them to create a new and unique kind of government - designed to be of the people, for the people, and by the people.
Over my lifetime, I have seen the escalation of anti-American ideology permeate the government, media, Hollyweird, education, and unfortunately in many homes. But I thank God that my family, being raised in a Biblical Christian environment, has not fallen for such ideology. We can still live our lives and celebrate the joy of the Lord, rejecting what the secular world would like to inflict upon us. I am so grateful to God that our family can adhere to Proverbs 2:2-5.
Ronald Reagan warned America - back in the 1980's - that freedom is just one generation away from the destruction of our Constitutional Republic. Here is the exact quote:
“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.”
― Ronald Reagan
Why am I discussing this on Thanksgiving? Because I think that we could be on the brink of such a generation now, in 2012 and beyond. The socialist agenda is being touted as better than America's Constitutional Republic, and the college generation is, unfortunately, buying into that myth.
The horrors of the communist (Soviet Union) and national socialist (Nazi Germany) and totalitarian oppression (Imperialist Japan) that the Greatest Generation fought so hard against in World War II to fend off and destroy is just a shoulder shrug of history to the Gen X and Millennials. I wonder how many in those generations have actually seen the awful films of Jewish people, Polish Christians, homosexuals, and any other kind of peoples deemed "unworthy" by the Aryans being killed and pushed into mass graves at the concentration camps of Nazi Germany during history class in either high school or college?
BTW, I recently learned that the name (Iran) given to the former country of Persia by the Ayatollahs who took over there actually means "Aryan" in the Persian language! Is this just a coincidence? Of course not.
I know. Not pleasant images or subjects to discuss during Thanksgiving Day. But I think that while we enjoy the food on our tables today, we also would do well to keep in mind such horrors as food-for-thought as we enter into another four years of a BHO BADministration. I don't need to list all the terrible things that will continue to happen under this would-be dictator (Recall he stated he wishes he could bypass Congress and make all the decisions?? Recall that he also told our nation that when push comes to shove, he would side with the Muslims??) to transform America into what the Greatest Generation opposed in the 1940's. It is sad that history tends to repeat itself - to the detriment of all - by the apparent ignorance of those who didn't learn about (or choose to ignore) such devastingly horrible history in the first place.
Last night, I shared a post that describes the current dark times that we will continue to face here in America as we race towards the End Times. However, our TRUE HOPE in this world does not live here - because Christians are "not of this world." Jesus told us that his kingdom is not of this world:
John 8:23 And He said to them, "You are from beneath; I am from above. You are of this world; I am not of this world.
John 18:36 Jesus answered, "My kingdom is not of this world. If My kingdom were of this world, My servants would fight, so that I should not be delivered to the Jews; but now My kingdom is not from here."
No matter WHAT this world tries to heap upon us, we need not fear. We may not know what the future holds, but we do know Who holds the future! God's Word hasn't told us everything, of course, but it has told us all that we need to know, for now. And we can experience peace, joy and love through Him; despite all the turmoil going on around us.
However, we are also admonished to recognize the "spirits of false prophets all around us," expose them, confront them, and share the TRUTH. We are called to discern the difference between the "spirit of truth and the spirit of error."
1Jo 4:1 Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world.
1Jo 4:2 By this you know the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God,
1Jo 4:3 and every spirit that does not confess that [fn] Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God. And this is the [spirit] of the Antichrist, which you have heard was coming, and is now already in the world.
1Jo 4:4 You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.
1Jo 4:5 they are of the world. Therefore they speak [as] of the world, and the world hears them.
1Jo 4:6 We are of God. He who knows God hears us; he who is not of God does not hear us. By this we know the spirit of truth and the spirit of error.
The promises of Christ make foolish the spirit of error in this world.
1Jo 4:14 And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent the Son [as] Savior of the world.
1Jo 4:15 Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God.
1Jo 4:16 And we have known and believed the love that God has for us. God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him.
1Jo 4:17 Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness in the day of judgment; because as He is, so are we in this world.
1Jo 4:18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love.
1Jo 4:19 We love Him [fn] because He first loved us.
We know where love originally came from. It came from God Himself! Therefore, we know what genuine love means and can celebrate and share it with those whom we love.
Thanksgiving is a time to thank the Lord for all he has done for us! It is a time to celebrate our lives with loved ones and enjoy our time together on this special day. Keeping the love, joy, forgiveness, mercy and grace given to us through our Lord Jesus Christ in mind on this day, and every day, helps us keep our focus on what truly matters!
Eph 1:13 In Him you also [trusted], after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise,
Eph 1:14 who [fn] is the guarantee of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, to the praise of His glory.
Eph 1:15 Therefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints,
Eph 1:16 do not cease to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers:
Eph 1:17 that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him,
Eph 1:18 the eyes of your understanding [fn] being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints,
Eph 1:19 and what [is] the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power
Eph 1:20 which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated [Him] at His right hand in the heavenly [places],
Eph 1:21 far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come.
Eph 1:22 And He put all [things] under His feet, and gave Him [to be] head over all [things] to the church,
Eph 1:23 which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all.
Remember to pray and do not cease to give thanks!
Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
* Complete lyrics of song:
We gather together to ask the Lord's blessing;
he chastens and hastens his will to make known;
the wicked oppressing now cease from distressing:
sing praise to his Name, he forgets not his own.
Beside us to guide us, our God with us joining,
ordaining, maintaining his kingdom divine;
so from the beginning the fight we were winning:
thou, Lord, wast at our side: all glory be thine!
We all do extol thee, thou leader triumphant,
and pray that thou still our defender wilt be.
Let thy congregation escape tribulation:
thy Name be ever praised! O Lord, make us free!
Words: Nederlandtsche Gedenckclanck, 1626;
trans. Theodore Baker (1851-1934), 1894.
Music: Kremser (Nederlandtsche Gedenckclank, 1626)