SPIRITUAL STEPS TO FIX A FALLEN NATION

When the United States of America was at its best, what was the true power behind it? Was it the political leaders? Was it the work ethic found in its people? What was the power that made the United States great and the most powerful nation on earth?

I believe that was an unseen force that we seldom mention today and, if we truly desire to have our nation back again there are a few things we must put in place to bring that about. Are we, as a nation willing to do our individual part to become great once again?

I’ll just mention three or four things that I believe will have to happen to become what we once were as a nation.

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WE NEED REAL SPIRIT FILLED MEN TO LEAD OUR CHURCHES

The true Church has never had but one teacher. That teacher is the very Holy Spirit of God. We, as individuals might not be correct in all the spiritual decisions we make but, that spirit will never lead us into falsehood. We must reestablish the pastorial authority in our Churches and as Church members we must be willing to allow that spirit to speak to our hearts and yield ourselves to his leadership.

As a pastor, does God’s Spirit speak to you or, do you have to have some educational material to tell you what to preach? Does some council dictate what you can or can’t say? Whether it’s the fault of the Church members being unwilling to hear God as he speaks to them therefore, picking and choosing to whom they will allow to speak or hear, or the actual pastor that will not yield himself to God’s Spirit, this must change if we desire to have our country back as it was.

The true power, the real strength of this nation has always been granted by the willingness of God’s people to walk in the statutes of God the Father, to pray, truly seeking his face for the answers we need.

If you will notice, I said (MEN)! We have forgotten the very precepts that our Churches we founded on allowing people that God never called to pastor to stand behind our pulpits. Not only women but men that do not meet the qualifications of a pastor. Yet, we expect God to bless us in this? Why should a righteous God bless us when we are not willing to listen to anything he says?

The Bible makes this statement about the nation of Israel : ( THE PEOPLE SAT DOWN TO EAT AND DRINK, AND ROSE UP TO PLAY). ( Exodus 32:6) ( 1 Corinthians 10:7). The scripture in the New Testament is comparing the Church to that nation in the way it’s presenting itself.

We very often confuse the riches of this world that we gain with the true blessings from God. We think because we are rich or have a lot physically that it is of God, and it’s not. Look at this scripture:

Revelation 3:17

BECAUSE THOU SAYEST, I AM RICH, AND INCREASED IN GOODS, AND HAVE NEED OF NOTHING; AND KNOWEST NOT THAT THOU ART WRETCHED, AND MISERABLE, AND POOR, AND BLIND, AND NAKED: (18) I COUNSEL THEE TO BUY OF ME GOLD TRIED IN THE FIRE, THAT THOU MAYEST BE RICH, AND WHITE RAIMENT, THAT THOU MAYEST BE CLOTHED, AND THAT THE SHAME OF THY NAKEDNESS DO NOT APPEAR; AND ANOINT THINE EYES WITH EYESALVE, THAT THOU MAYEST SEE. (19) AS MANY AS I LOVE, I REBUKE AND CHASTEN: BE ZEALOUS THEREFORE, AND REPENT.

God the father desires to be in our Churches. He wants his voice to be heard from every pulpit but, he stands at the door and knocks, not one person will let him in. ( Revelation 3:20).

As we seek to find a resolve to where we are, I believe there’s a scripture that we all need to stop and ponder, allowing God’s Spirit to speak to each of us. We see this scripture in the Old Testament. So, let’s look at these verses and see where we stand.

Genesis 9:20-27

AND NOAH BEGAN TO BE AN HUSBANDMAN, AND HE PLANTED A VINEYARD: (21) AND HE DRANK OF THE WINE, AND WAS DRUNKEN; AND WAS UNCOVERED WITHIN HIS TENT. (22) AND HAM, THE FATHER OF CANAAN, SAW THE NAKEDNESS OF HIS FATHER, AND TOLD HIS TWO BRETHREN WITHOUT. (23) AND SHEM AND JAPHETH TOOK A GARMENT, AND LAID IT UPON BOTH THEIR SHOULDERS, AND WENT BACKWARDS, AND COVERED THE NAKEDNESS OF THEIR FATHER; AND THEIR FACES WERE BACKWARD, AND THEY SAW NOT THEIR FATHER’S NAKEDNESS. (24) AND NOAH AWOKE FROM HIS WINE, AND KNEW WHAT HIS YOUNGER SON HAD DONE UNTO HIM. ( 25) AND HE SAID CURSED BE CANAAN; A SERVANT OF SERVANTS SHALL HE BE UNTO HIS BRETHREN. (26) AND HE SAID, BLESSED BE THE LORD GOD OF SHEM; AND CANAAN SHALL BE HIS SERVANT. (27) GOD SHALL ENLARGE JAPHETH, AND HE SHALL DWELL IN THE TENTS OF SHEM; AND CANAAN SHALL BE HIS SERVANT.

As we read through these verses; what is the main things that stand out to you? I’ll give you my two. The Lord God of Shem is blessed and, we are all servants to that Lord God. Just that simple. As we consider whether we are willing to pay whatsoever price we need to pay that God might bless our nation once again; These verses and others as well come into play. Let’s consider this. When God spoke to Noah and instructed him to build an Ark, do you believe that was a divine order from God? I do! If you answer is yes, what’s the difference in what is being said here and the order to build the Ark?

Let’s look at one other scripture before we leave these thoughts.

Genesis 3:16

UNTO THE WOMAN HE SAID, I WILL GREATLY MULTIPY THY SORROW AND THY CONCEPTION; IN SORROW THOU SHALT BRING FORTH CHILDREN; AND THY DESIRE SHALL BE TO THY HUSBAND, AND HE SHALL RULE OVER THEE.

Do you see there it says ( and he shall rule over thee)? As we consider these verses we see that we are all servants to someone, no exceptions! I’d like to point this out. When Noah said: (blessed be the Lord God of Shem), Shem was already seeking to serve his Lord God, just as Noah had. Therefore, both his brothers need to allow him to lead them, teach them. So, let’s just say that Shem, their oldest brother just became their pastor, are they willing to submit to that leadership? The answer to that question is, no. They both took their own families and went their own way.

I believe this is also worth pointing out. Out of the loins of Shem came the Nation of Israel, God’s chosen people. So, we also need to show this verse:

Genesis 12:3

AND I WILL BLESS THEM THAT BLESS THEE, AND CURSE THEM THAT CURSETH THEE: AND IN THESE SHALL ALL THE FAMILIES BE BLESSED.

It doesn’t matter whether we are speaking of Shem and his brother, Israel and the rest of the world or a simple pastor that is trying his best to preach what God lays on his heart. It all boils down to each of us being willing to be obedient to the Lord God of Shem. That word, the word of God is going to come through the mouth of another person to you as an individual and in that sense you must be willing to become a servant to what that person is preaching, yielding, not so much to that person but, the one that he is serving.

Let’s build a case here. What if Japheth and Ham would have listened to Hoah and both would have yielded themselves and their families to Shem’s leadership? Then Shem would have been a loving brother, teaching truth, not in a forceful way but in kindness seeking to help those families. Look at this verse:

1 Peter 5:1-3

THE ELDERS WHICH ARE AMONG YOU I EXHORT, WHO AM ALSO AN ELDER, AND A WITNESS OF THE SUFFERING OF CHRIST, AND ALSO A PARTAKER OF THE GLORY THAT SHALL BE REVEALED: (2) FEED THE FLOCK OF GOD WHICH IS AMONG YOU, TAKING THE OVERSIGHT THEREOF, NOT BY CONSTRAINT, BUT WILLINGLY; NOT FOR FILTH LUCRE, BUT OF A READY MIND; (3) NEITHER AS BEING LORDS OVER GOD’S HERITAGE, BUT BEING ENSAMPLES TO THE FLOCK.

We are still speaking of pastors leading their Churches and how that leadership must work. All this is also relative to the leadership of a husband and how his wife is to submit to that leadership. What happens far to often is that the, shall we say (master) becomes demanding, seeking to be lords over what God has given him. When this happens it causes the servants to rebel against the master. In this case it doesn’t matter whether it’s a husband or a pastor. I’m seeking to bring the problem in our nation down to the simpliest form of spiritual leadership.

Now, let’s consider something here. I offer these things as the root problem of all we see in a nation that cries that (WE ARE ONE NATION UNDER GOD). God desires to meet with us first in our homes and in our Churches. From those two centers of spiritual leadership we, once again can find the power and strength that our nation use to have.

In considering these things, let’s answer this question first. Does God lead a pastor or a man he has called to a Church or an area of service? (I believe) he calls a man to an area, not a Church building. Let’s say your (church building) is looking for a pastor. Therefore, that assembly of people invites a man that they actually have never met to speak at the church building. The man they invite meets all the qualifications of a (God called) preacher. As we consider rebuilding a nation, this qualification is a very important spiritual asset. Therefore, I feel I must take the time to explain these qualifications.

1 Timothy 3:1-5

THIS IS A TRUE SAYING, IF A MAN DESIRE THE OFFICE OF A BISHOP, HE DESIRETH A GOOD WORK. (2) A BISHOP THEN MUST BE BLAMELESS, THE HUSBAND OF ONE WIFE, VIGILANT, SOBOR, OF GOOD BEHAVIOR, GIVEN TO HOSPITALITY, APT TO TEACH; (3) NOT GIVEN TO WINE, NO STRIKER, NOT GREEDY OF LILTHY LUCRE; BUT PATIENT, NOT A BRAWLER, NOT COVETOUS; (4) ONE THAT RULETH WELL HIS OWN HOUSE, HAVING CHILDREN IN SUBJECTION WITH ALL GRAVITY; (5) (FOR IF A MAN KNOW NOT HOW TO RULE HIS OWN HOUSE, HOW SHALL HE TAKE CARE OF THE CHURCH OF GOD?)

Each of these things listed here becomes very important if we truly desrie to have our nation back as it was, no exceptions! If you will notice, we see (IF A MAN DESIRES)! Another one:(HUSBAND), another, (ONE WIFE). are we, as a nation willing to agree that in thses things the pastor of any Church must be a man? And, if you are not willong to admit that then, therein lies one of our problems!

If you will notice; it also says: (RULING WELL HIS OWN HOUSE)(HAVING CHILDREN IN SUBJECTION WITH ALL GRAVITY).

What can we see here? This means that it takes more than simply being married to a woman. This man and his wife have been married long enough that the people that are looking for a pastor can look at his children and see whether they are (under subjection) (with all gravity) or not. In this segment of this verse, it also includes his wife, being under subjection to his leadership! Can we agree that (HAVING HIS HOUSE) also includeds his wife?

I asked the question: does God call a man to a churh or an area? The burden on a God called man has nothing to do with a building and, never will! So, let’s paint a spiritual picture here. Let’s say a man is blessed enough to be the called to service at a well established church building that has all benefits and, also a very good salary. However, this man is very determined to be led by God’s Spirit in all he says; not a people pleaser but always preaching a very spirit inspired message.

Not long after he begins his ministry in this building, the members rebel against him desiring to vote him out because they are not happy with the leadership of the God he preaches. Therefore, this spirit filled man is voted out of this Church. Well, I’m going to guess that not every person in that (church building) feels the same way! Therefore, why can’t this man simply get a job, rent a building and continue to preach his spirit filled messeges as he has always done? Some of the people in that assemby will support him and even draw others to the place he is now preaching and, souls can still be saved!

We also see in this verse: (THE HUSBAND OF ONE WIFE). Can we agree that this excludes any woman from pastoring any Church that has a desire to be pleasing to God? The Bible teaches us that because of Eve listening to the Serpent, God placed her under to sujection of her husband. Whether we want to admit it or not, that hasn’t changed! Also, look at this verse:

Ephesians 5:22

WIVES, SUBMIT YOURSELVES UNTO YOUR OWN HUSBANDS, AS UNTO THE LORD.

Let’s take it one step farther:

Ephesians 5:25-26

HUSBAND, LOVE YOUR WIVES, EVEN AS CHRIST ALSO LOVED THE CHURCH, AND GAVE HIMSELF FOR IT; (26) THAT HE MIGHT SANCTIFY AND CLEANSE IT WITH THE WASHING OF THE WATER BY THE WORD,

Therefore, what has happened in a once very powerful nation like the United States of America? First of all; our men fell in love with the riches of this world and the things that money could by. When this happened it changed the very mindset of the families that they were a part of, children and wives alike. If we make a spiritual comparison here, where is the actual spiritual strength of any Church? Isn’t it in essence, Jesus Christ. However, that spirit must come through the spiritual yielded bodies of the husbands of the church. That spiritual leadership must be seen first of all in our homes with strong spiritual husbands and wives that yield to the spiritual leadership by choice.

We often asked the question; what came first, the chicken or the egg? So, here in our nation, what happened first? Did the men began to weaken spiritually or, were they somewhat forced to by the weaker vessel? Can we agree to the fact; this statement is an oxymoron? In my opinion, it’s all a moot point! Our nation is in the condition it’s in because pastors sold out for money, men, in most cases stopped acting like men and women or, wives desired to take control in our homes, churches and government.

Let’s insert another scripture here:

1 Timothy 2:8-12

1 WILL THEREFORE THAT MEN PRAY EVERY WHERE, LIFTING UP HOLY HANDS, WITHOUT WRATH AND DOUBTING. (9) IN LIKE MANNER ALSO, THAT WOMEN ADORN THEMSELVES IN MODEST APPAREL, WITH SHAMEFACEDNESS AND SOBRIETY; NOT WITH BROIDED HAIR, OR GOLD, OR PEARLS, OR COSTLY ARRAY; (10) BUT (WHICH BECOMETH WOMEN PROFESSING GODLINESS) WITH GOOD WORKS. (11) LET THE WOMAN LEARN IN SILENCE WITH ALL SUBJECTION. (12) BUT I SUFFER NOT A WOMAN TO TEACH, NOR TO USURP AUTHORITY OVER THE MAN, BUT TO BE IN SILENCE.

Now, I asked you, does this sound anything like our nation today? That, whether it be in our homes, churches or government? Can we look back to a time when this was somewhat true in our nation and, how this nation was at that time? Consider this; as a woman, a wife are you willing to surrender the position you have in the home, the Church or in government? As a man, husband, are you willing to pick up the spiritually responsibility that God’s word requires of you in the home, at church and in government?

As a pastor, a male pastor, are you willing to forget about your salary, your benefits, your prestige or popularity and begin to seek God’s Spirit in all you preach only using his word as your guide? Let’s give a simple example: Let’s say that every man, husband in your local church, starting with the pastor get up and stand behind the pulpit and confess, (we’ve failed) in our spiritual leadership. But from this day forward, we will not fail our Lord. At that time, every woman, wife stand and confess their failure to submit but say that from this moment on (I will)?

In our government, the men stand and demand that we start everyday with prayer ( in Jesus Christ name) recgnizing him as the God this (One Nation Under God) respects, submits to, prays to and desires to serve. Those same men acknowledge that ( the Bible) is God’s word and, our government will be just as obedient to that word as any church in our nation. At that point asking every woman to step down in their leadership role, yielding their authority to a man wilfully. Every woman at that time submitting to that God given authority of the man.

Let’s asked a few questions as it all relates to a timeline in our nation. When this nation went through the period of time that we see as (equal rights for women); was that inspired by the Holy Spirit? Can we see in scripture a verse to prove that equality and say it is inspired by God’s Spirit?

If we want to talk about the (seperation of church and state), can we see Biblical grounds for that in God’s word? Can we even seperate a person from what’s inside him? If we say we can then, what is it that is actually inside that man? For instance: what kind of born again man would even submit to a government that will not pray to the God he serves? What is actually in the heart of any woman that simply refuses to submit to the aouthority of a Man?

I’ll step out on a limb and say; most Americans will say they desire to have our country back. However, are we willing to pay the price for it to return to the days of its glory? In reality, the world is a place that is happy without praying to God, in Jesus Christ name. The world is a place that demands equal rights for woman or, even all people. There’s a great difference in (equal rights) and all men being created equal. Actually, the average person, especially in the leadership of our nation is not interested in any part of equal rights. It’s simply a phrase they use politically. Can I prove that? Let’s see! In our government; they desire to pass a law that makes the minimum wage fifteen dollars and hour. Ok! Let’s let that start with the President on down. Every Senator, Congressperson, every person period that works for a paycheck! Let’s also make sure (equally) that every citizen gets the very same health care they get in our government.

Thye Bible says this:

Romans 2:11

FOR THERE IS NO RESPECT OF PERSONS WITH GOD.

So, with God; all men are created equal, with equal opporuntity, the same chance as any other person. However, if we are going to talk of equal rights, we must understand our spiritual responsibility within that statement. And, we must be willing to stand in the position of spiritual responsibility as we seek those equal rights.

As a nation; if we are going to allow the world to define all the terms we live by then, we will be judged by the standards of this world, and; that by God the Father. If we truly seek to be seen as a God fearing nation then every person must allow themselves to be governed by the standards set forth in God’s word.

We can actually take this just a little farther. In the beginning, God created male and female. He told that male and female to go forth and to replenish the earth. At some point in time, the world gave us (birth control) and (abortion). Is that part of God’s desire to go forth and replenish the earth? or, is that something the world, once again gave us? Can you give me scripture for either one of these terms?

At some point, those things became an accepted part of our everyday lives, just look where we are now! Today, people live together out of wedlock! they use the sexual aspect of their lives for pleasure more so than for the reason God designed it. It’s not that we are not suppose to enjoy it but, it was designed to be between a man and his wife. Often today it doesn’t even matter whether that pleasure comes from a male or a female as long as we are satisfied. Can you give me scripture for this kind of lifestyle? Can we define God in any of this?

So, let’s asked a question here. What’s the difference in our country and the world? If this world chooses to disobey God and go to hell, the United States doesn’t have to go with the world does it? Yet, seemingly we have chosen that course. If we, as a nation will not allow ourselves to see the fact that we have fallen from the spiritual guidelines that use to govern us then we are on a sinful road to destruction as a people.

I’d like to make a spiritual point here. One that I very often think about as an individual that grow up in this nation, seen a spiritual decay as it slowly happened over time.

Matthew 5:13

YE ARE THE SALT OF THE EARTH: BUT IF THE SALT HAVE LOST HIS SAVOR, WHEREWITH SHALL IT BE SALTED? IT IS THENCEFORTH GOOD FOR NOTHING, BUT TO BE CAST OUT, AND TRODDEN UNDER THE FOOT OF MEN. (14) YE ARE THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD. A CITY THAT IS SET ON AN HILL CANNOT BE HID. (15) NEITHER DO MEN LIGHT A CANDLE, AND PUT IT UNDER A BUSHEL, BUT ON A CANDLESTICK; AND IT GIVETH LIGHT UNTO ALL THAT ARE IN THE HOUSE. (16) LET YOUR LIGHT SO SHINE BEFORE MEN, THAT THEY MAY SEE YOUR GOOD WORKS, AND GLORIFY YOUR FATHER WHICH IS IN HEAVEN.

There has never been a time in our nation or any nation that every person was born again. There has always been those that are lost without Jesus Christ. However, in the history of our nation it has been a long period of time when the very Spirit of God was so powerful, his light was so bright in the lives of God fearing people that even those that were lost were compelled by that spirit to lives somewhat Godly lives.

As we look at these verses; actually they are written to the nation of Israel but; it can relate to any nation or individual that makes a choice to allow the light of Jesus Christ to be seen in them and all they represent. The United States of America was once such a place. It was a shining light in a dark sincursed world. We, as a nation stood for something more than just wealth and prosperity. While that might have been a part of any spiritual life, that was not what this nation’s focus was on. For instance: if an individual from another country came to this nation, a person that followed another religion, we allowed that person in ( in the legal sense) with open arms and even allowed he or she to practice their religion. However, that person was going to hear about Jesus Christ in every way possible. He would hear his name on the radio, on the TV and, even on the streets of any city he might choose to live in. It was up to that individual to make a choice, one never forced on him but, it was always put before him in every way possible.

Let’s look at a few things

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A NATION FILLED WITH GODLY MEN

Can we first agree that this will not just happen but a price must be paid? Let’s start with this question. When does a boy become a man? The Bible teaches that the change takes place somewhere around twelve years old. What does it take to bring this to pass. That young boy must have a (God fearing man) for a father and a ( God fearing woman) for a mother. Now, I say that knowing well that the young boy is going to change to be a man whether he has that type of parent or not. Therein is the problem! We simply allow the years that we need to be training our boys to be (Godly Men) go to waste because neither therir father or mother is willing to be servants of the most High God. We have allowed the finanical aspect of our lives govern what and how we teach our young boys, forgetting our spiritual responsibility completely! We want them to have good paying jobs and to be well educated! That is, if we even desire that. In more cases than not, it’s just good times and do whatsoever you like!

I can see what I would call a (catch 22). Men don’t know and are never taught how to submit to the Spirit of God and, wives are never taught to submit to their own husbands All Godliness is completely push aside. That leaves only one spirit to be yielded to, the spirit of Satan.

Godly men know how to treat their wives and discipline their children. Godly men understand that they must work, it’s their responsibility to care for theit families. Godly men teach their sons to respect their mothers and sisters. They know how to lead their families in devotion and prayer, they do it basically on a daily basis. Their very lives reflect Jesus Christ in the way they walk and talk. Although these men work for money; that’s not the whole purpose or even the most important part of their lives. They know how to give and become a blessing to a community to which they live.

Godly men take a leadership role in their local church. As they sit and listen each Sunday to their pastor,; they make sure that what he is teaching, preaching is truth as inspired by God’s Spirit. He will even stand against his own pastor if his pastor tries to preach falsehood or doctrine that is not sound. This is something that we very often misunderstand. A pastor is a servant; first, to God the Father and also to the members of his church. In a perfect situation, the men, Godly men will demand that their pastor preach with the very power of God on their lives. Why? Because the salvation of their families, their wives and children is what’s at stake.

A church is a micro picture of our nation. Just as (we the people) are the voice of authority behind our goverment, the members of the church is the voice of power in every church. When we allow the servants to become our leaders then the power of God will always diminish. Pastors that preach with the power of God are to be respected because they are willing to do just that. However, Godly men are the cornerstone of all that the pastor is.

Personally, the power of any Church or nation is with the power of the individual’s ability to think and reason for themselves. When individuals seek to be in (unity with God’s Spirit) and we can get multiple Godly men all seeking that same individual spirit then our church are in the (unity of the Spirit). When righteousness dictates the will of any government directed by God’s men as individuals all seeking to do what pleases God then we have a strong nation and form of government.

If every Godly man is truly seeking to know God’s truth then God’s Spirit will reveal that truth to him and, he will willingly submit to that truth. We are missing that desire in our nation and our Churches! Since that is a fact then it puts every woman, wife in a bad spiritual situation. That must be corrected if we, as a nation every desires to get back to the place we once were.

One point I’ll make here; as far as men are concerned, even our government has severely handicapped men almost making it illegal to act asa a man. I’ll mention a couple of things here. I often make this statement; I do not believe that a man or, husband should ever hit his wife for any reason. I’ll also add that it will never be in the mindset of any spiritual man but, you must remember he’s still in the flesh. Also, every woman, wife should be able to have the trust in her husband that he will not hurt her but, that he does have the power to do so. It can be seen as very relative to God and the church. Just because God doesn’t do bad things to the church, wise members of the church knows very well that he can if he chooses to!

A man, husband in scripture is never instructed to force or demand anything from his wife. He is to lead her by instruction, speaking his will to her however, it then becomes the woman’s, wife’s responsibility to yield to his leadership. With this being said; I’d like for you wives to consider something. I’m going to talk about (a woman’s right to vote here). Personally, I don’t have a problem with it but, in a spiritual sense isn’t it a moot point? Why would I make that statement? Since today you, as a woman have been given the right to vote; let’s ask a question. If your husband told you who to vote for, would you yield to his voice? If so, and every woman is spiritually submissive to her husband, won’t the outcome still be the same? Isn’t a husband and his wife seen as one in the sight of God?

Now, let’s asked another question. When women started a campaign to fight for the (right to vote), was that act inspired by God’s Spirit? There’s a saying: (you’ve come a long way baby)! Well, a long way from what? Can we argue in a spiritual sense: (a long way from where God would have you be)?

I’d like for you to notice two men and their wives in scripture. The first one is Abraham. You can read this stoty in (Genesis 16). God, at this time had already promised Abram (Abraham) that he would be the seed a of a great nation. (Genesis 12) Well. in order to be the father of a great nation, he must have a son. In (Genesis 16) both Abraham and Sarah are growing old so, Sarah offers her handmaiden to her husband that he might bare children by her.

Every husband should be able to listen to his wife for wise spiritual council. Every wife should be that kind of wife. However, every man, husband should be spiritually wise enough to know wise spiritual council from God’s Spirit and that which is not. In this case, Abraham yielded to his flesh, not to God’s Spirit. He should have told his wife that what God had promised, he will deliver! Both husbands and wives can make bad spiritual dicisions. That why husbands and wives are to be one that they as a couple can cover each other.

Now, Let’s look at another.

(Job 2:9)

THEN SAID HIS WIFE UNTO HIM, DOST THOU STILL RETAIN THINE INTEGRITY? CURSE GOD, AND DIE. (10) BUT HE SAID UNTO HER, THOU SPEAKETH AS ONE OF THE FOOLISH WOMEN SPEAKETH. WHAT? SHALL WE RECEIVE GOOD AT THE HAND OF GOD, AND SHALL WE NOT RECEIVE EVIL? IN ALL THIS DID JOB NOT SIN WITH HIS LIPS.

Here, we see that Job did not yield to the voice of his wife. He had basically lost everything but his wife but, he still would not curse God!

In our nation today, the spiritual mindset of both men and women, husbands and wives must be returned to the leadership of God’s Spirit if we are going to repair our nation. We, far too often look at this as a minor thing but, just look at where we are as a nation today! We must learn to discern the difference between the rights our world affords us and the rights that God’s Spirit gives each of us freely. As a husband, can you do that?As a wife, can you do that?

In closing this segment. I personally believe that most households, churches and school systems are governed by the will of the children, that in every institution completely without even considering the will of God. If you doubt me, pastors try and discipline the children from your pulpit and see just what happens. Husbands, try correcting your children and see just what happens. principals, try to bring real discipline to the children and see what happens. All this because of the lack of spiritual leadership in a once great nation!

MORE LATER!

Marshall Clayton

2 Timothy 1:7

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