by liz • August 27, 2012 • Faith, inspiration, Rural Ministry • 0 Comments
confessing Christians! Many of our most courageous explorers and pioneers unashamedly professed and practiced a strong Christian faith and LIVED according to biblical principles. That is our heritage.
I passionately believe we are about to see a turn back to Christ in this Nation. Man’s own human wisdom and ever-increasing, intrusive government legislation CANNOT AND HAS NOT stemmed the tide of violence, suffering and rampant self-destruction. At best, these things serve only as ‘band-aid’ measures and do not go to the root of the problem. We need to honestly look at our Nation from the perspective of the condition of the human heart! Common sense and ‘political correctness’ have crossed the line when a mothers’ smack with an innocuous wooden spoon is seen as ‘child abuse’!
It’s time for us as a Nation to fearlessly and openly TURN BACK TO CHRIST – to individually seek for ourselves His life changing principles and directives in the Bible and watch the amazing ‘flow-on’ throughout our society! To not only KNOW ABOUT God as a concept, but to be INTIMATELY ACQUAINTED WITH HIS CHARACTER and OBEDIENT TO HIS DIRECTIVES. By studying and appropriating the example of the life of Jesus Christ we CAN see our Nation return to REVERENTIAL RESPECT AND HONOUR for Almighty God and enjoy the blessings of walking in obedience. (Read Deuteronomy 28) for the alternative – disobedient disregard for His principles!
The wondrous foundational truth of the message of the Gospel of Jesus Christ is found in John 3:16. ‘God SO LOVED the world that He GAVE His only Son, that WHOEVER BELIEVES in Him should NOT PERISH but have ETERNAL LIFE’. V.16, God did not send His Son into the world TO CONDEMN the world, but that the world THROUGH HIM might be SAVED. Out of God’s great love for human kind, He sent His own Son that in order we might be RE-CONNECTED TO THE SOURCE, and once again enjoy that intimate relationship in which is found all wisdom, knowledge and direction for life.
In our own strength, we will NEVER be perfect – that’s why we need a Saviour! It’s in this sincere acknowledgement; we have a place to begin. In THAT place we no longer look to ‘self’ but have an INNER KNOWING there is ‘One far greater than I’ who has the perfect and most successful blueprint for my life. One Who wants to keep me from serious mistakes and futile decisions FOR MY OWN SAKE – not a ‘spoilsport’, but a LOVING TRUSTWORTHY FATHER WHO HAS MY BEST INTERESTS AT HEART. One, Who by His mighty powerful Word, promises to HEAL MY LIFE whether mentally, emotionally, spiritually or physically and bring me to WHOLENESS. One Who PROMISES TO FORGIVE EVERYTHING I’ve ever done wrong, (no matter how bad) and give me a brand new start.
As you read this letter, I wonder if you might find yourself on your knees in the privacy of your own home, saying, out loud, from a genuine heart, “Lord Jesus, I acknowledge that in my life, I have ‘missed the mark’(sinned), and gone my own selfish way. Please forgive me. I invite You into my heart right now to be my personal Lord and Saviour. Cleanse me from ALL my former wrongdoing. I invite you to establish Yourself on the throne of my life from this day forward. Please LEAD AND GUIDE ME INTO ALL TRUTH according to your Word and DIRECT MY PATH. Give me an INSATIABLE DESIRE for Your Word and Your wisdom that I might not stray from You.
You’ll be amazed at what a ‘FREEING’ prayer this is. It is THE BEGINNING of a LIFE LONG journey of rich contentment knowing you are ‘right with God’! (I vividly remember the day I sincerely prayed that simple prayer from the depth of my heart). Has my life always been a ‘bed of roses’ ever since? NO! But I have found inner strength and deep peace in the midst of whatever comes my way.
May you sense God’s deep, unconditional love for you personally and know that His heart is ‘FOR YOU, NOT AGAINST YOU’ as you read this!