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These Are Not Negotiable by Chuck Baldwin (A Bible perspective of American freedoms)

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These Are Not Negotiable by Chuck Baldwin (A Bible perspective of American freedoms)


By: Chuck Baldwin, former Presidential Candidate

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In the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson wrote, “Prudence,
indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed
for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn,
that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than
to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed.
But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the
same Object, evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, is
their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide
new Guards for their future security. Such has been the patient sufferance
of these Colonies.”

I would argue that we, like our patriot forebears, have also endured
“patient sufferance.” For at least a half-century, we have patiently endured
the erosion and abridgment of our freedoms and liberties.  We have watched
the federal government become an overbearing and meddlesome Nanny State that
pokes its nose and sticks its fingers in virtually everything we do. We
cannot drive a car, buy a gun, or even flush a toilet without Big Brother’s
permission. We are taxed, regulated, and snooped-on from the time we are
born to the day we die. And then after we are dead, we are taxed again.

In the same way that Jefferson and Company patiently suffered up until that
shot was fired that was heard around the world, we who love freedom today
are likewise patiently suffering “a long train of abuses and usurpations.”
In fact, I would even dare say that these States United have become a
boiling caldron of justifiable frustration and even anger.

Accordingly, it is incumbent upon us to very seriously and thoughtfully
examine those principles that we absolutely will never cede or surrender. We
have already surrendered much of the freedom that was bequeathed to us by
our forefathers. We are now to the point that we must define those
principles that form our “line in the sand” and that we will not surrender
under any circumstance. Either that, or we must admit to ourselves that
there is nothing–no principle, no freedom, no matter how sacred–that we
will not surrender to Big Government.

Here, then, are those principles that, to me, must never be surrendered. To
surrender these liberties to Big Government would mean to commit idolatry.
It would be sacrilege. It would reduce us to slavery. It would destroy our
humanity. To surrender these freedoms would mean “absolute Despotism” and
would provide moral justification to the proposition that such tyranny be
“thrown off.”

*The Right to Keep and Bear Arms

Men without guns are not free men; they are slaves. Men without guns are not
citizens; they are subjects. Men without guns have lost the right of
self-defense. They have lost the power to defend their families and protect
their properties. Men without guns are reduced to the animal kingdom,
becoming prey to the Machiavellians among them who would kill them for sport
or for their own personal pursuits. As King Jesus plainly ordered, “He that
hath no sword, let him sell his garment, and buy one.” (Luke 22:36) This we
will do–at all costs.

*The Right to Own Private Property

Like the right of self-defense, the private ownership of property is a
God-given right that is rooted in the Sacred Text. As God told Moses, “Thou
shalt not remove thy neighbour’s landmark, which they of old time have set
in thine inheritance, which thou shalt inherit in the land that the LORD thy
God giveth thee to possess it.” (Deut. 19:14)

In fact, the history of Western Civilization is replete with the examples of
free men who were determined (even at the cost of their very lives) to
defend the right to own property. Without private property rights, men are
reduced to serfs and servants. Like chattel, they feed themselves by
another’s leave. This we will not do.

*The Right to Train and Educate Our Children

Education has never been the responsibility of the State. From time
immemorial, education has been the right and responsibility of the family.
This, too, has its foundation in the Sacred Volume. “And, ye fathers,
provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and
admonition of the Lord.” (Eph. 6:4)

Therefore, the absolute right of homeshooling or private/parochial/Christian
schooling must never be surrendered. Homeschooling, especially, is
fundamental to freedom. It is not a coincidence that throughout history,
most totalitarian governments forbade parents homeschooling their children.
Any government–federal, State, or local–that forbids, or even restricts,
the right of parents to homeschool their children has taken upon itself the
uniform of a tyrant.

*The Freedom of Speech and Worship

Speech and worship are matters of the heart and conscience (Luke 6:45;
John 4:24). Only tyrants seek authority over matters of the heart. But, of
course, that is what tyrants do: they seek to control men’s thoughts and
beliefs.

Hence, the alternative media is essential to liberty: the Internet, short
wave radio, as well as independent magazines and periodicals. It is almost
superfluous to say that there is no such thing as a free and independent
press among the mainstream news media today. In fact, the major media more
resembles a propaganda machine than it does a free press.

The same can be said for most of the mainstream churches in America today.
They more resemble havens for politically correct, Big-Government ideology
than they do bastions of Bible truth. Therefore, home-churches and
non-establishment churches are increasingly requisite to a free people.

*The Right to Determine One’s Own Healthcare

The marriage of Big Government and Big Medicine has created a healthcare
monster. Already, the dispensing of medical treatment is micromanaged by Big
Brother in a way that has resulted in skyrocketing costs and inferior care
(and in some cases, even death). President Obama’s universal health care
initiatives that are sure to come (in one form or another) will only
exacerbate an already untenable situation.

Free men and women absolutely have the right to refuse vaccinations for
themselves and their children. Forced vaccinations (of any kind) are an
assault against the very foundation of freedom. Free men have the right to
choose their own physicians, their own hospitals, their own insurance
programs, etc. They also have the right to refuse any and all of the above.

God is Creator. He is also Healer (Exodus 15:26). Therefore, how men choose
to seek God’s healing is a private matter between them and God. Alternative
medicine is a right. Already, our military personnel are used as human
guinea pigs to test a variety of drugs and chemicals. Public schools also
require forced vaccinations. And now the push is on to force the general
population to take the Swine Flu vaccine. At the current pace, it won’t be
long until all alternative medicines and treatments will be illegal and the
federal government will be America’s doctor. This is not acceptable.

*The Right to Life

2000 years of Western Civilization have perpetually reconfirmed that life is
a gift of God. Both Biblical and American history repeatedly honor God as
the Source and Sustainer of man’s existence. Therefore, evils such as
abortion, infanticide, and euthanasia must be vehemently resisted. It is bad
enough that any government (especially one such as ours) would legalize
abortion, but the concept of FORCED abortion, infanticide, or euthanasia
could only be regarded as a despotic attack on life and liberty of the
gravest proportion. In fact, under Natural Law, such an attack would remove
said government from the protection of Heaven and would place it in a state
of war.

*The Right to Live as a Free and Independent People

God separated the Nations (Genesis 11). Therefore, it is absolutely
necessary that we Americans maintain our independence and national
sovereignty. We simply cannot (and will not) allow ourselves to become part
of any hemispheric or global union.

There they are: seven freedom-principles that are not negotiable. As
Jefferson said, we are “disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable.” But
cross these lines and free men must do what free men must do: “throw off
such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.”

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Independence Now And Forever by Chuck Baldwin

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Independence Now And Forever by Chuck Baldwin


By Chuck Baldwin, former Presidential Candidate

As we approach Independence Day, it behooves us to recall the principles of
America’s founding, especially in light of the ongoing attempt by today’s
political and commercial leaders to merge the United States into a
hemispheric government. In fact, the clarion call for independence is just
as fundamental, just as revolutionary as it was 233 years ago.

Regarding the signing of the Declaration of Independence, John Adams said,
“[Independence Day] will be the most memorable epoch in the history of
America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding
generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated
as the Day of Deliverance by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It
ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports,
guns, bells, bonfires and illuminations, from one end of this continent to
the other, from this time forward forevermore.”

Adams went on to say, “You will think me transported with enthusiasm, but I
am not. I am well aware of the toil and blood and treasure that it will cost
us to maintain this Declaration, and support and defend these States. Yet
through all the gloom I can see the rays of ravishing light and glory; I can
see that the end is more than worth all the means, that posterity will
triumph in that day’s transaction, even though we should rue it, which I
trust in God we shall not.”

Indeed, the signers of America’s Declaration of Independence endured the
sacrifice of both toil and blood. Pertaining to the lives of the signers,
David Limbaugh writes, “Of those 56 who signed the Declaration of
Independence, nine died of wounds or hardships during the war. Five were
captured and imprisoned, in each case with brutal treatment. Several lost
wives, sons or entire families. One lost his thirteen children. Two wives
were brutally treated. All were at one time or another the victims of
manhunts and driven from their homes. Twelve signers had their homes
completely burned. Seventeen lost everything they owned.”

Yes, America’s Declaration of Independence, which is our nation’s birth
certificate, was purchased at a very high price. Rightly did its primary
author, Thomas Jefferson, invoke God’s name no less than four times in the
Declaration. Without God, our struggle for independence and freedom would
surely have failed.

Jefferson, along with the vast majority of America’s founders, knew that
freedom was, first, the gift of God, not the accomplishment of men. He
further understood that man’s law must be subordinate to the natural laws of
God.

Therefore, with an appeal to Heaven for the “rectitude of [their]
intentions,” America’s Founding Fathers courageously forged a document that
would put their own lives at risk, but would also change the course of
history.

The question now is, “How long can we maintain our nation’s independence?”
The forces of global government seem to dominate both major parties in
Washington, D.C., most corporate boardrooms, and most newsrooms.

In fact, hemispheric or regional government never had more powerful and
committed allies than former Presidents George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton,
George W. Bush and now President Barack Obama. Mark my words: if and when
America loses its independence, it will have been these Presidents that led
the way in making it happen.

If the United States is going to maintain its independence and freedom much
beyond the year 2010, it will only be because millions of freedom-loving
Americans (and the governments of the States in which they reside) are
willing to fight for it.

Both John Adams and Thomas Jefferson died on July 4, 1826. Daniel Webster
gave the eulogy for both men on August 2 of that year. Included in his
remarks on that notable day were these words: “It [the Declaration of
Independence] is my living sentiment, and by the blessing of God, it shall
be my dying sentiment. Independence now, and independence forever.”

To Webster’s words, I say a hearty AMEN! I promise no loyalty to the North
American Union, the United Nations, or any other brand of global government.
When the day comes that I am required to submit to any form of global
authority, I will be an outlaw. There is no freedom without independence,
and there is no independence without eternal vigilance. To my dying breath I
will say with Daniel Webster, “Independence now, and independence forever!”

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It’s no secret

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It’s no secret


By Tim Schmig, Executive Director of The Michigan Association of Christian Schools

I recently spent an enjoyable afternoon with a former colleague that I taught with for 3 years. As we were catching up on our lives and some of the lives of our students, he informed me that one of my former students was on a search for truth by testing all of the World’s major religions to embrace their truth. Without dismissing him entirely, let me say anyone on that quest is to be admired on an elementary level. Most people live a lifetime and never ponder the great questions of life.

Who am I?

Where did I come from?

Where am I going?

Actually, I felt we covered these questions as we addressed the purpose of life in our Bible class. However for some, that may not be enough. Truth is a personal discovery, like happiness, it is an inside job. Some people dream of finding truth, others put their dreams in motion.

In the bestselling book, The Secret Rhonda Byrne says her personal journey for truth led her to the ancient texts and world religions. Her conclusion essentially is that the secret to life is the Law of Attraction.  We are attracted to the things we think about and to the people we resemble in life. Is this so unusual? Is this the secret to life? We join clubs and leagues that associate with people just like us. We do business with people we like who resemble our values and make us comfortable with them.

In all of my years in business I never known of someone to say “my supplier has nothing in common with me, as a matter of fact, we argue over every little detail, we are polar opposites, but you know what, I just keep buying from him because he has the best product”. I seriously doubt that conversation would take place for long. No, the customer would find a supplier he could tolerate being around, or insist the company send another representative to service his account.

If anyone truly wanted to find the secret to life, their journey would have to begin with scripture. Psalm 111:10 “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments,”  again the psalmist says “The secret of the LORD is with them that fear him; and he will shew them his covenant”. Psalm 25:14

The secret and it’s really no secret, fear God and keep his commandments. Life surely is a one act play. There is no do-over and take it from the top again. We get one opportunity to get it right. We all have the great enterprise of exploring the scriptures and applying them to our lives. In this respect, some people fail miserably and some people succeed beyond their richest expectations. Why is that? I believe it is found in the little word desire: internal drive and initiative. “Through desire a man, having separated himself, seeketh and intermeddleth with all wisdom.”  Proverbs 18:1 Our mission to find truth is motivated  by our own desire to find it.

For us, Life is a blank check waiting for us to fill in the amount and endorse it with the signature of our heart’s desire. This is our commitment to the secret of life.

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William Carey Society Links Bible Translation Projects

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William Carey Society Links Bible Translation Projects


The William Carey Society (www.wcbible.org) is working to connect Bible translation projects around the globe. The society is attempting to be the link between the many Bible translation projects currently taking place in different countries.  Often multiple translation projects are working simultenously in the same region without knowledge of each other. The William Carey Society, under the leadership of Dr. Phil Stringer and others, has begun a catalogue of current Bible translation projects.  To view the current list visit The Word of God to All Nations.

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Surviving Babylon

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Surviving Babylon


By Dr. Douglas F. Levesque, Founder of The Levesque Institute

The Bible is filled with historical accounts of ‘evil empires’ and their ‘despot rulers’.  The reality of such difficult circumstances for Bible adherents is something we often look back on and thank God we do not have to endure.  However, in recent years, even the United States has become more and more ‘Babylonian’.  Today, the Bible is being relegated to a myth or just a book among books.  Bible believers are increasingly being hushed in the public arena.  Bible speak is hardly being tolerated even in church services.  Bible literacy is at alarmingly low levels.  Could it be possible for ‘evil empires’ and ‘despot rulers’ to once again claim a place of power and influence?  How will this effect Bible believers?  Is there a way to survive such Babylonian circumstances?  Can one be an adamant Bible advocate and still thrive?  We can find the answers to these questions in the Bible itself, and we can take heart at the hope that is offered.

Many are intimidated and afraid of what may be happening to their freedoms in America today.  Conspiracy theories, and even paranoia abound, but the reactions to these mindsets – apathy, malaise and surrender, are even worse.  A Biblical response is in order.  That response is to stand with an adamant purpose to survive and thrive in modern “Babylonian” societies.  Consider the following Bible vignettes:

Joseph in Egypt        

“And Pharoah said unto Joseph, See, I have set thee over all the land of Egypt.” -Genesis 41:41

The Pharoahs were not known for their kindness, especially to the Hebrews, but in the midst of his life gone mad, Joseph not only survived, but thrived.  Joseph continued to walk with and trust Almighty God.  This made him a humble and able servant.  God touched all that Joseph did, making Joseph appear to have the Midas touch.  Everyone wanted a bit of Joseph’s “magic”.  Joseph took none of the glory for himself, and eventually he became a savior of his family and of much of the ancient world.

Daniel in Babylon     

“Then this Daniel was preferred above the presidents and princes, because an excellent spirit was in him; and the king thought to set him over the whole realm.” -Daniel 6:3

Nebuchadnezzar, Belshazzar, Darius, Cyrus.  These are just some of the pagan rulers Daniel had to deal with.  His oppressors were ruthless in their conquest.  Daniel held to the Bible and its truths time and again.  He was hated, plotted against, and betrayed, but he maintained an excellent spirit throughout every ordeal.  Somehow, he always stayed close to the seat of power and influenced it over and over  for the preservation of his people.  Perhaps he read the Proverb, ‘He that hath knowledge spareth his words: and a man of understanding is of an excellent spirit.” -17:27

Mordecai in Persia 

“For Mordecai was great in the king’s house, and his fame went out throughout all the provinces:  for this man Mordecai waxed greater and greater.”  -Esther 9:4

No person can deny that Persian culture was opposed to Biblical influences.  The king Ahasuerus reigned from India to Ethiopia with an iron hand.  His lieutenant Haman was very averse to the Biblical culture of the Jews.  He schemed for their destruction.  The king was an immoral man with poor judgement, but could not deny the loyal service and skillful diplomacy of Mordecai – or the beauty of Esther.  Of course, Mordecai was Esther’s chief influence, and he raised her in the way of the Word.  When it came time for her to fulfill her destiny, she did not blink. 

Paul in Rome

“All the saints salute you, chiefly they that are of Caesar’s household.”  -Philippians 4:22

While Nero remains one of the most infamously murderous Caesars to this day, Paul actually used his Roman citizenship for an advantage in the work of the Gospel ministry.  His appeal to Caesar not only spared his life for years to come, but got him free passage to Rome at Rome’s expense.  Along the way he won his shipmates, housemates and even his guards.  He preached to kings and governors.  Ultimately he was able to preach the Gospel to Nero himself on at least two occasions.  He was successful in converting some of Caesar’s own house.  Today Paul’s letter to the Romans is printed and shared in most of the languages of the world.

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America Getting Back to Normal

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America Getting Back to Normal


By Dr. Rick Flanders

A great man once said that most Christians are so subnormal that when some rise to the normal, they are considered supernormal!  Here is the problem we face.  Worldliness, carnality, and indifference have become so much the usual condition of Christians that passion, power, and purity seem extraordinary!  Let us recognize that Bible Christianity is a very powerful thing whenever and wherever it is lived out.  Sadly, we have so seldomly seen it that men are persuaded that it is beyond the normal.  Yet effective evangelism, abiding peace, Spirit enablement, as well as severe persecution are the norm for the Christian life.  Our unbiblical conception of revival points to our great need for it!

 A third strange and incorrect idea that we often hear is that revival must meet certain historical criteria to be correctly called “revival.”  It is amazing how unscriptural are the requirements some believers set for revival! 

The number of conversions, the endurance of the converts, the effects on society, and unusual phenomena are all considered when critics decide whether or not a religious occurrence is a “revival.”  But a revival is not in closed taverns, reduced crime, strange experiences, massive numbers, or church harmony.  It is in believers turning back to a life surrendered to God!  When God revives His people, their witness for Christ has new power, but the specific effects of that power may not match exactly the effects of other revivals in the past.

The second chapter of Acts says that Peter and the congregation at Jerusalem were “filled with the Holy Ghost” (v. 4) and spoke the Word of God in His power.  They were in a state of revival.  As a result, those who heard their witness to the resurrection of Christ “were pricked in their heart” (v. 37) and repented.  Some three thousand were saved and baptized as a result of the revival on that Day of Pentecost (v. 41).

The seventh chapter of Acts tells about the deacon, Stephen, who was “full of the Holy Ghost” (v. 55).  He was in a state of revival, and as he witnessed for Christ before the council of men that had arranged for the Lord’s crucifixion, the power of God brought conviction.  “They were cut to the heart,” the Bible says (v. 54), but the result was rage, not conversion.  These sinful men “ran upon him [Stephen] . . . and cast him out of the city” (vv. 57-58).  There they stoned the deacon to death.  But let us note that there was a state of revival in the Christian of Acts 7 just as surely as there was such a state among the Christians in Acts 2!  The revival was in the hearts of the believers, and the expected blessing of convicting power did come in both cases.  Yet in one situation, a multitude was immediately converted, and in the other, the believer was murdered (although fruit was indeed produced through the eventual conversion of Saul-Acts 7:58 and 9:3-6).  The particulars were different because they were incidentals, not essentials.  Essentially, revival was the same in Acts 2 and 7.  In the Bible we are instructed accurately about revival, but that is not always so in history books!

Revival is God’s bringing us back to normal!  Mr. Finney said, “[A revival] is the renewal of the first love of Christians, resulting in the awakening and conversion of sinners to God.”1  Bill Rice III says that revival is a return to Bible principle.  Vance Havner defined revival as Christians returning to normal.

Revival is also predictable.  It can be expected when it is sought on the basis of God’s Word.  Judges 10 shows us that we can expect revival in response to our repentance because of the very nature of the heart of God!  “His soul was grieved for the misery of Israel.”  Something in God moves when men move toward Him.

The aspect of God’s nature that responds to man’s repentance is His mercy.  The great revival Psalm, number 85, says in verse 7, “Show us thy mercy, O LORD, and grant us thy salvation.”

Psalm 89 says in verse 1, “I will sing of the mercies of the LORD for ever.”

In Psalms 106, 107, 118, and twenty-six times in Psalm 136, we read that “his mercy endureth for ever.”  The reason God’s mercy endures forever is that the eternal God is essentially merciful. 

The prophet Habakkuk prayed for revival, and in his prayer he said, “In wrath remember mercy” (Habakkuk 3:2).  God always remembers mercy in times of His wrath.  Think of the covering coats He provided for Adam’s nakedness on the day of his fall and God’s curse.  Think of Noah’s ark at the time of God’s terrible judgement in the Flood.  God is always merciful, even when He is angry, and that is because He is unalterably merciful.

Have you noticed what God did when weak and wicked King Ahab repented?

 ”And the word of the LORD came to Elijah the Tishbite, saying, Seest thou how Ahab humbleth himself before me? because he humbleth himself before me, I will not bring the evil in his days:  but in his son’s days will I bring the evil upon his house.” (I Kings 21:28-29)

 Even Ahab found God merciful, and he was the worst of the kings of Israel!  Can you remember who was the most wicked ruler of the southern kingdom of Judah?  It was Manasseh.  Have you heard that Manasseh found God’s mercy, too?

 ”And when he was in affliction, he besought the LORD his God, and humbled himself greatly before the God of his fathers, And prayed unto him: and he was entreated of him and heard his supplication, and brought him again to Jerusalem into his kingdom.  Then Manasseh knew that the LORD he was God.” (II Chronicles 33:12-13)

The verses that followed these remarkable two tell us that the king experienced a full-scale revival in his own life and spent the rest of his days working to undo the harm he had done by his sins!  How could such a man have a revival?  The answer is in the fact that God is and will always be merciful and that His reviving work can be expected in response to our repentance.  Hear what God’s messengers have told us!

 “In the time of their trouble, when they cried unto thee thou heardest them from heaven; and according to thy manifold mercies thou gavest them Saviors.” (Nehemiah 9:27)

 “Thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.” (Isaiah 57:15).  “Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.”    (James 4:10).

Yes, we can have forgiveness, help, and blessing from God in response to humble submission, steadfast faith, sincere repentance, and solemn commitment.  God is, and has always been, the Great Reviver of His people!

Certainly in our day we ought to seek personal, corporate, and general revival in the way the Israelites did in Jephthah’s time.  Pay attention to what characterized their quest for revival.

There Was Confession!

“And the children of Israel said unto the LORD, We have sinned:” (Judges 10:15a)

They harbored little hope for a response, but they nevertheless confessed their sins to God.  Can we expect a particular reaction from God when we sincerely confess our sins?

“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, And to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (I John 1:9)

God is “faithful” to forgive when we confess.  Forgiveness is not a sovereign act unrelated to our attitude, but the promised response to our confession, rooted in divine mercy.  These days, Christians who have lived their lives in love with the world and in neglect of their Father’s commands ought to make serious business of confessing their sins.  Godly men and women of the past have sought revival by writing out their sins and spending time confessing them.  Thoughtful reflection on our sins of omission as well as our habitual sins of commission will reveal clearly why we see so little of God’s blessing in our lives.  However, earnest confession of all these sins will certainly secure our God’s forgiveness.  And the God of Israel will revive us again!

There Was Submission!

“do thou unto us whatsoever seemeth good unto thee;” (Judges 10:15b)

The children of Israel were resigned to accept God’s will for them, no matter what it was.  Can we expect the Lord to do anything in particular when we yield to Him in this way? 

“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.  And be not conformed to this world:  but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” (Romans 12:1-2)

The admonition to surrender is attached to the promise that those who surrender all will “prove” the perfect will of God in their lives.  The Lord will set our steps on the right path when we submit our lives unconditionally to Him!  He wants us to fulfill His will, and He will see that we do when we become willing.  His mercy guarantees it.

There Was Prayer!

“Deliver us only, we pray thee, this day.” (Judges 10:15c)

When we ask “any thing according to his will,” the Apostle John told us “he heareth us” and “we have the petitions that we desired of him” (I John 5:14-15).  Men who pray for things that God says He wants for them can expect to receive the blessings they seek. 

“Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled” (Matthew 5:6). 

Do we want revival blessings?  Then we should ask for them.  Do we desire holiness?  Let us ask for it.  Do we hope to win others to Christ?  Let us pray that the Lord will grant these things.  It is in His nature to respond to such prayers.

There was Repentance!

“And they put away the strange gods from among them, and served the LORD,”  (Judges 10:16a)

God did not tell His people that if they got rid of their idols He would deliver them from the Ammonites.  He did not lead them to believe that if they served Him again, He would come to their aid.  They just did it anyway.  They repented of their sins, repaired their ways, and returned to the service of the true God because it was right to do so!

“and his soul was grieved…”

Their repentance brought his mercy, a response we should expect.

In his journal, Benjamin Franklin described what was happening in Philadelphia as a result of George Whitfield’s revival preaching.  “From being thoughtless or indifferent about religion it seem’d as if all the world were growing religious, so that one could not walk thro’ the town in an evening without hearing psalms sung in different families of every street.”2 

A general revival was prevailing in the city, and it was seen and heard in the changed lives of sinner and saint alike. Sometimes I think that if Christians began to act as if a general revival had come perhaps the Lord would send one!  Perhaps we should just change our ways and see what happens!  We could  gather our families nightly to sing the praises of the Lord.  We could  start praying as if we believed that God would revive us again.  We could give up the things in our lives that generate or fan the love of the world.  We could begin witnessing for Christ boldly and habitually.  We could have meetings to seek revival as in time of old.  Repentance turns the heart of God.  Certainly we ought to repent!  We can have the revival we need, as individual Christians, as servants of the Lord, and as congregations of believers.  God is the Great Reviver of His people and can be expected to respond to our repentance and prayer.  He is ever merciful and will hear our cry!

Dr. Rick Flanders, a pastor for 36 years, is now in a full time itinerant preaching ministry and the author of Back to Normal: Understanding Revival.  He is an expert on the history of religion and religious revivals in America and speaks optimistically about the possibility of a new revival era in the future.  For more information or to order materials contact via email at drrickflanders@gmail.com or sales@evangelpublishing.com

 

Notes

1 Charles G. Finney, Lectures on Revivals of Religion (New York:  Fleming H. Revell Company, 1868), p. 14
2 Benjamin Franklin, The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin (New York:  Washington Square Press, 1955), pp. 128-29

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