God's Roadmap

Now may the Lord Jesus Christ and our Father God, who loved us and in his wonderful grace gave us eternal comfort and a beautiful hope that cannot fail, encourage your hearts and inspire you with strength to always do and speak what is good and beautiful in his eyes (2 Thessalonians 2:16-17 TPT).


Thursday, July 18, 2024

How Can We Return America to Godly Values?

 


by Barbara Latta @barbaralatta 

 Last week our nation experienced another close call that could have been a tragedy.

An assassination attempt on our former president, Donald Trump, ended up in victory for him and our country. Although he was hurt his life was spared.

I believe this was divine intervention of protection on him.

We may ask, “How and why did this happen?”

Our country has departed from the truth.

How can we return America to godly values?

We first find where the lies began. We can look to the past and find teaching that eliminated submission to authority—the authority of God and the authority of law.

The attitude that Christians aren’t supposed to get involved in politics aided people like Madelyn Murray O’Hair when she challenged the right to pray in schools.

In some ways, we as believers, can blame ourselves for allowing this to happen. We didn’t take a strong enough stand when these attitudes started to pervade society.

Bible reading and prayer were thrown out of schools decades ago.

The Ten Commandments can no longer be posted in government establishments.

New Age, Humanistic, and Socialistic beliefs that elevate humanity above God, or question His existence, permeate the educational system from kindergarten to college.

We don’t know the reasons this young man shot at Donald Trump. But his actions show that his decision was not in line with right thinking. This ended in tragedy for him.

What influenced this twenty-year-old to commit such a horrendous act?

He believed a lie. Somewhere he was indoctrinated in such a way that he bought into a false philosophy. And others are behind him who believe the same lies.


Mankind without Christ lives in a fallen state of sin. We all make choices each day. A sinner makes sinful choices. Even those of us who are believers don’t always make the correct choices, and we and others around us can suffer for those decisions.

But we can allow God to be in control of us when we stand on His Word. We can avoid catastrophic events when we listen to the Holy Spirit.

The Lord was in control of protecting President Trump. But the devil was in control of the shooter. Sinful people still have the freedom of choice even if those choices are wrong. God interceded because of praying saints.

This is why we must continue to seek the Lord in all situations. We are to stand on the Word and take our authority. We need to live in the identity of Christ so we can reflect His character to the world around us.

We are commanded to pray for those in authority over us even if we don’t agree with them. We lift them up to the Father so they can be saved.

Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. (1 Timothy 2: 1–4, NKJV emphasis mine)

We were commanded to conquer the darkness (Ephesians 6:10–20). Even though this is God’s will, victory doesn’t occur unless we obey and follow that will. If we don’t obey, then the Lord will call others to do His work.

We may not have stopped the enactment of laws that opposed godly principles years ago.

But we can now. We can return America to godly values.

  • We can make changes by voting.
  • We can make changes by staying up to date on congressional bills.
  • We can make changes by contacting representatives to ask them to vote righteously and by thanking them when they do.

Here are 4 ways to pray and conquer this darkness.

  1. Pray for our children to be educated correctly so this and the next generation won’t be taught the ideology that caused this assassination attempt.
  2. Pray for America to accept God's light.
  3. Pray for those who oppose biblical instruction to come to a knowledge of the truth.
  4. Pray that leaders will be elected who will take a stand against evil.

May God bless America and return us to the virtues that founded our nation.

If my people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land. (2 Chronicles 7:14)

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Thursday, July 11, 2024

Finding a Cure for the Empty Nest Syndrome


 

by Barbara Latta @barbaralatta

Are you an empty nester? Has your life changed since adult children have flown the coop?

Maybe it’s college, the military, marriage, or they just want to be on their own. No matter the reason for your now unused bedrooms, life is different.

You may be rejoicing that this time gives you more freedom and space. Or you may lament the silence in the house that no longer rings with video game sound effects or the never ending question, “What do we have to eat?”

Edie Melson’s newest book in her soul care series, Soul Care When the Nest is Empty, confronts the emotions and circumstances that can afflict us when we no longer have our kids at home. You can find a cure for the empty nest syndrome. (click to share on X)

Even if your heart doesn’t have that desolate feeling, this book can bring to light some emotions you may not have recognized. Edie combines devotions and prayers with simple creative exercises that are fun and relatable.

You don’t need to be an artist or professional photographer to complete these. Doodles, drawing, pictures, stickers, and coloring stimulates different parts of our brains. We can find healing, rest, and relaxation we didn’t realize we needed when we take the time to stop and let go of burdens.

Soul Care When the Nest is Empty is the fourth book in the soul care series. Others include Soul Care When You are Weary, Soul Care for Writers, and Soul Care When You are Grieving.

I recommend all these books. They are short, easy to read, but inspirational and thought-provoking.

You can find more about Edie at her website, www.ediemelson.com.

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Thursday, July 4, 2024

Freedom is Not Free

 


by Barbara Latta @barbaralatta

Some theologians have declared that American resistance to British rule was unscriptural and that the founding fathers acted in disobedience to the Bible by fighting. However, by doing so they are using selective reasoning and taking Scripture out of context to support their views.

Over the centuries, the British monarchy became a self-appointed god. James I introduced the Divine Right of Kings which states that kings stand in the place of God, representing Him to the people.  Complete Submission and Non-Resistance to Authority states that kings have an allegedly divine position and are not to be resisted ever for any reason. This principle was carried out to the point of torture and murder of those who stood for biblical rights according to Scripture.

The Bible teaches us in many places to obey civil laws except when those laws resist God’s Word. When the Israelites were under the rule of heathen nations, God raised up judges and prophets such as Gideon, Samson, and Deborah to fight against lawlessness and free his people so they could worship Him again.

Peter and John were arrested for breaking the religious laws.

But Peter and the other apostles answered and said: “We ought to obey God rather than men.” (Acts 5:29 NKJV)

Paul was imprisoned numerous times for preaching the gospel despite the religious laws. God’s laws supersedes those of mankind.

Our forefathers followed these biblical examples to stand against an abuse of power by a man who ruled as a god. Because of these brave men (and women too), we now have the right to worship God. (Although some laws passed in the last few years seek to inhibit that ability).

Soldiers, sailors, airmen, marines, and coast guard personnel fight battles all over the world while we rest safely in our homes.

Jesus suffered in ways we can’t comprehend to release us from the debt of sin.

Freedom is not free for those who pay the price to release others from bondage. But it is free for those who enjoy the benefits.

Our military paid the price for our political freedom. Jesus paid the price for our spiritual freedom.

Christ gave us the right to use His authority and live in His identity because He wiped away the debt of sin for us.

America is a free nation today because of the men who opposed a king who ruled in the place of God. They stood on biblical principles and founded our country with godly wisdom.

May we never take for granted the rights we have as Americans, but more than that may we never forget what Christ has done for us. This world will pass away, but the freedom Jesus bought for us is eternal. (click to share on X)

Happy Independence Day! God bless America and may she continue to be a beacon of freedom and hope to the world.

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