"The key to understanding the Bible is to look for Jesus in the Bible. Jesus is the hero of the Bible. If you read the Bible and don't find Jesus, re-read it! The Bible has one hero, His name is Jesus; one villain, that is Satan; one problem, that is sin; one solution, that is salvation. That is what the Bible is all about." -Dr. Adrian Rogers

Monday, May 30, 2011

Call Out and Be Saved

For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
Romans 10:13

The above verse is one of the many verses that are commonly known as the “whosoever wills” of the Bible. This one, however, is by far my absolute favorite because it essentially takes all of the other “whosoever will” verses and combines them all into one. In order to fully understand this verse we must first understand what it means to be saved.

Perhaps the best definition of salvation that I have ever heard is this: We are immediately saved from the punishment of sin; we are constantly being saved from the power of sin; and we will ultimately be saved from the presence of sin. I first heard that definition of salvation from Dr. David Jeremiah. However, I believe that that is something that every Christian ought to write down and commit to memory. If we would keep that definition of salvation in our hearts and in our minds, I believe that our lives would be drastically changed.

You see, I believe that once a person has come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ he often forgets that he still needs to be saved from the power of sin on a daily and even hourly basis. Sure, the above verse is talking about the first step of salvation; however, we must not fail to see that it is talking about the second step of salvation, also. Just as we cannot be saved from the everlasting punishment of sin without calling upon the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, we cannot be saved from the daily attacks of Satan without calling upon the name of the Lord, either.

I think Lulu Roman pretty much nailed this concept in her song “When I Don’t Call Your Name.” While I do not know for sure that Lulu Roman wrote the lyrics to the song, whoever wrote it has an awesome understanding of what it means to truly live victoriously. The chorus of the song says this:

When I don’t call YOUR name,
Life’s just not the same,
Taking time out to pray
Makes such a difference in my life,
When I don’t call YOUR name,
Each step is in vain,
For me there’s no way
To make it through each day,
When I don’t call YOUR name.

Later on in her song it says, “Everywhere I go/ Temptation follows me/ Looking for a moment when I’m weak.” Friend, let me tell you something. As the old song says, we cannot even walk without Him holding our hands. Proverbs 3:5 says to “trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.” It is only when we venture off on our own that we fall prey to the devil. However, in the name of Jesus he must flee.

How often during the day do you call upon Him? We ought to wake up saying, “Lord, I woke up today and I am still here. What do you want me to do today”? And we must not forget to pray, “Father, deliver us from the evil one.” Whatever it is that you are going through, there is nothing that has power over the name of Jesus. Friend, there really is no way that we can make it through the day, if we do not call His name.

As I bring this post to a close, I just want to ask you one question: Do you know Him? You cannot know everyday deliverance without first knowing Jesus as Lord. Please, if you do not know Him today, simply repent of your sin and confess Jesus Christ as Lord. If you do that, He will save you today and keep you saved forever.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Two Main Reasons to Believe: Response to JD's Comment On "Why Atheism?"


I must say that I am the one who is thankful that you have continued to read this blog for as long as you have. I have always said that, if I can impact the life of just one person, I will be happy. However, my heart still breaks to know that you do not know Him. Just as you claim that commonsense keeps you from believing that God exists, it is commonsense that keeps me from believing that He does not exist. There are two main reasons why I continue to and always will believe in the Gospel truth.

Reason #1:
I know that the La-Z-Boy recliner that I am sitting in at this very moment had to have been designed and put together by someone simply because of the fact that I am sitting in it right now. I have never seen the person that made my chair and I probably never will, but the fact that my chair exists tells me without a doubt that someone had to have designed it and put it together at some point or another. How then can you say that the universe, which is far more complex than my recliner, has no Creator? Saying such a thing is like saying that my living room furnished itself—it is simply foolish talk. That is exactly why Psalm 14:1 says, “The fool hath said in his heart, there is no God.”

Reason #2:
If you were to look at every religion known to man, you would find that not one compares to Bible Christianity. Religion is based on works; Bible Christianity is based on a relationship. Religion is based on what you do; Bible Christianity is based on Who you know. There is one main thing that sets Bible Christianity apart from all else. That one thing is the cross of Calvary.

You see, two thousand years ago God sent His only Son, Jesus, to die on an old, rugged cross for you and for me. No religion claims that because religion is man-made and no man in his right mind would ever dream of sacrificing his only son for the benefit of those that hate him the most. However, it does not stop there.

The Bible says in 2 Corinthians 5:21, “For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.” This truth astounds me. Not only did Jesus die for our sins, but He became our sins. That means that, when Jesus was nailed to that cross, our sin was nailed to it, as well. Then Jesus rose from the dead on the third day, defeating Hell and the grave. That is the only way that we can be given eternal life.

Every religion except for atheism promises some kind of afterlife; however, it also says that you have to earn it. The difference in Bible Christianity is that there is no way anyone can earn salvation; God simply gives it for free. The only thing He requires of you is that you repent of your sin and confess Jesus Christ as Lord. If you do that, He will save you today and keep you saved forever.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Why Atheism?

Saturday morning, I woke up with this thought: “Out of all the religions in this world to choose from, why would anyone want to choose atheism, in which there is no hope whatsoever”? Although the only real hope is in the Lord Jesus Christ, every religion but atheism promises some hope of some kind. I have always believed that atheists reject God due the sin in their own lives; however, why not try to have both God and sin? There are plenty of people that believe that, as long as you don’t commit some outlandish crime, you will still end up in Heaven. There are plenty of people that say, “My god is a god of love who would never send anyone to Hell.” Why not be one of those people instead of an atheist? I believe I have found the answer. I believe that the atheist knows that the gods of every false religion do not exist; I believe that the atheist knows in his heart that the God of the Bible is the one and only true God; I believe that the atheist has come so close to salvation yet chose sin instead; and ultimately I believe that the atheist has denied the existence of Almighty God as a way of saying, “If none of those other gods are real, You are not either!”

I believe that, if the atheist did not know the Gospel truth, he would not go to such an extreme of denying God. After all, who has ever run away from someone that they know does not exist? Atheists are no more than run away children. They hate God. They hate the house of God, the rules of God; they despise anything at all to do with God.

The truth is, however, atheists are not children of God at all. As the old song says, “To be God’s children, you’ve got to be born again.” The atheist is like an orphaned child who refuses to be adopted. He has been on his own ever since he can remember, doing whatever he sets his mind to do; however, now there is someone who wants to change that. He refuses. He says, “This is my life. I am going to do what I want to do when I want to do it, and you cannot stop me. Who do you think you are to try to take over my life?!”

An atheist might see the above situation and say, “Why, those people are just trying to help that child. Who does he think he is to refuse such love”? My friend, if you are an atheist and you just made that statement, I am here today to tell you that you are an utter hypocrite. You have been doing the same thing with God for years. Galatians 3:26 says, “For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.” He wants nothing more than to save you, protect you, deliver you, yet you have refused Him.

Romans 5:8 says that “while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” The wonder of Christianity is that God loves the people that hate Him the most. My friend, if bloody Calvary cannot convince you of His love for you, there is nothing in this world that can. Ray Comfort wisely said that “when you reject God’s mercy in Jesus Christ, you aren’t rejecting a religion. You are rejecting the most precious thing in the universe--life itself.” Romans 5:12 says that “through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all [have] sinned.” However, Jesus said in John 10:10, “I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.”

While sin can only bring death, Jesus can only bring life. He died and then rose on the third day, defeating Hell and the grave. Because of His redeeming love, you can be set free from sin to experience life eternal. My friend, the Father really does know what is best for you. If you will repent of your sin and confess Jesus Christ as Lord of your life, he will save you today and keep you saved forever.

Friday, May 20, 2011

What I Have Been Trying to Say

This message is exactly what I have been trying to say all week long. However, what I have said was a complete failure compared to this message. Please take the time to listen to this message today.

Turning Tears Into Telescopes

The King Is Coming: Learning from the Death of Bin Laden

But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only... Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left.
Matthew 24:36, 40

Over the last two weeks a lot of talk has been going on about the death of the well-known terrorist Osama Bin Laden. I remember the day after it happened hearing my mom say something like, “Imagine what went through his mind when he stood before God and realized that there is a God and Allah is not Him.” Before that moment, however, the compound where Bin Laden had been hiding was invaded by a team of Navy SEALs, who eventually made their way into the room where he was hiding out. Imagine the shock on his face when Osama Bin Laden realized that he was standing before the men that would take his life. I am asking you today, what will your reaction be when you realize that your time on earth is done?

Jesus is coming again. The Bible says that no one but the Father knows when that day will be. If you are a Christian, I don’t have to ask you if you are ready for that day because you undoubtedly are. However, I will ask you if you are ready for the moment that you will be called away to eternity. Here is what I mean by that: Will you be cought glorifying His name? Or will you be cought seeking pleasure from the things of this world?

Allow me to make the above questions a little clearer. Suppose you have an unexpected visitor who just happens to be the person that you admire the most in this life. What would your reaction be when the doorbell rang and you looked out the window and saw your hero standing on the front porch of your house? Would you open the door and welcome him in? Or would you be forced to pretend that you were not home, because you have neglected your home and allowed it to pile up with clutter?

Even on days when I have nothing planned and do not have to leave the house, I never like to sit around all day looking like I have just crawled out of bed. Usually, when I wake up, the first thing I do is shower, change clothes, and get ready for whatever that particular day has in store for me. Why is it then that we often fail to do the same thing spiritually? How often do we wake up and make sure the house is in order just in case someone were to stop by unexpectedly, yet we do not think twice about what we might be caught doing if the King of the Universe were to come unexpectedly?

Did you know that, if we gave this subject more thought, it would change the way we live? If you would start taking this subject seriously, you might start thinking twice about how you respond to being cut off on the interstate. If you would start taking this subject seriously, you might think twice about what you watch on television. If you would start taking this subject seriously, you might think twice about how you spend your spare time. It all comes down to what you want to be caught doing when Jesus returns.

I know I have been talking mainly to Christians today; however, if you do not know Him today, your time is running out. Although I can assure you that Jesus will not be returning on May 21, 2011, which is tomorrow, nothing says that He cannot come today and nothing guarantees you another second upon this earth. If you do not know Jesus Christ as Lord and you were to depart from this world today, you would be just as surprised as Osama Bin Laden was to stand before Almighty God and to hear Him say, “I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.” I plead with you to repent of your sin and confess Jesus Christ as Lord of your life today. If you do that, He will save you today and keep you saved forever.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

God Is Reigning Still

I had already written a post that I planned to share with you today, but then I saw where a friend had posted a link on facebook to Lysa Terkeurst’s blog. I normally would not be very interested in reading something like that since Lysa Terkeurst’s ministry is a women’s ministry; however, I read the first few lines under the link on facebook and realized that I needed to read the whole thing.

No matter who you are, you need to read this. If you are a born-again believer, I pray that this will encourage you in your walk with Him. If you don’t know Him, I pray that what Lysa Terkeurst had to say will wake you up and cause you to see your need for him.

I couldn’t sleep last night.  Every few hours I slipped from peace into a foggy realization, something happened.  And sorrow spilled over until I was fully awake.  Fully aware.  Fully remembering.

It was raining. I pulled up to my daughter’s high school frustrated I had to park.  Frustrated I had to walk through the rain.  Frustrated I had to sign some papers she’d forgotten to bring home.  It was a little after 3pm.

Teenagers were everywhere.  Laughing.  Chatting.  Making plans.  Rushing out.  Rushing past.  Rushing home.

It was raining.  We pulled into the driveway and started the afternoon routines.  Homework.  Errands. Dinner. Laughter. Clean the table.  Clean your room.  And please don’t spill that fingernail polish on my bedroom carpet.  It was a little after 8pm.

And that’s when we heard the news.

It was raining. A boy was driving home with his older brother just after 3pm.  Just after sitting in his last class with my daughter, Ashley. The brother’s car slipped sideways and into the path of another.  The younger brother didn’t make it.  Ashley carried her laptop to the kitchen table and asked me to sit and look at his facebook.  His pictures.  His life.

How could this be?  She couldn’t process it.  She couldn’t understand it.  She couldn’t believe it was true.

It was raining.  I took this girl of mine into my arms and kissed the top of her head.  Kissed this moment.  Kissed this reality.  Kissed the realization of how quickly everything can change.  Not that I should fear each moment.  Fear doesn’t change anything.  Fear doesn’t shift the Sovereignty of God.  No, I shouldn’t fear. 

But, I should be aware. Be fully present. Savor the moments. See today for the gift it is. This hug.  This kiss.  This conversation. Even that frustration of having to walk in rain to sign those papers.  Little did I know I was walking the halls of school that would soon be filled with tears.

It was raining.  But here is the hope. God is reigning. 

He reigns still.  That’s where I’ve parked my hope though the tears slip from my eyes.  That’s what allowed me to still let my teen drivers pull out of my driveway today.  He reigns.  And because He reigns I know this isn’t all there is.  I know.

And with a shaky heart and tear filled eyes I whisper, “Help us God.  Help them God. Help us to know. Even when it is raining.”

Please pray for the Pappa’s family.

Is this true in your own life today? If it isn’t, it can be. If you do not know Jesus Christ as Lord of your life, it is impossible for you to understand the hope that this lady has. You can have that hope, too. Jesus is that hope. Give your heart and your life completely over to Him today. Simply repent of your sin and confess Jesus Christ as Lord. If you do that, He will save you today and keep you saved forever.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

“Stop, Thief!”

The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy…
John 10:10

In the last few posts I have focused on the importance of strongly opposing the devil and his ways. Today I have an analogy for you that I pray would make my point even clearer. Jesus Himself called the devil a thief and a murderer. There are many names used in the Bible for describing Satan, but I believe that none could be more clearer in describing his sole purpose than “the thief.” Simply put, the devil is out to get you and all of those around you; therefore, you would be a fool not to protect yourself and those around you.

Suppose a dangerous criminal has broken out of prison and has said that his plan is to break into your home, murder your family, and then do the same to everyone else in your neighborhood. Would you just sit idly by and wait for it to happen? Of course not! You would inform the police and everyone in your neighborhood, and take actions to capture and destroy the thief instead.

How is it then that we can be so apathetic when it comes to the devil? Jesus has said that the devil is out to “steal, and to kill, and to destroy.” Jesus also said that that is all the devil is here to do. Sure, he promises pleasure. The Bible even says that he appears as an “angel of light” (2 Corinthians 11:14). Did you know that the devil is not some man in a red suit with horns and a pointy tail? Don’t you think, if you saw someone like that coming toward you, you would run? No, he knows just what it takes to entice you. He appears as a wolf in sheep’s clothing and then, when he is close enough, he will devour you.

We have two things on our side, however, to stop Satan in his tracks. Did you know that the devil cannot take over your life without your permission? It is you and you alone that can give the devil a place in your life. It is you and you alone that can allow the devil to steal from you and to destroy you. Without your consent, he can do nothing!

Do not let him into your life. Do not allow things into your heart and into your home that would make the devil feel comfortable. Be careful what you watch on television. Be careful what you listen to on the radio. Be careful what kind of literature you read. What you say is just harmless the devil will use to destroy you.

Secondly, we have no authority whatsoever on our own to tell the devil to leave, if we have already given him a place in our lives; however, in the name of Jesus he must flee. Have you given the devil a place in your life? First of all, you must repent. After repentance has taken place, you can tell the devil in Jesus’ name to get out of your life, and he will have to flee from you.

If the devil has not already made his way into your life, that only means that he is waiting for the right place and right time to swoop in and take over. Do not let him. I told you once before of the man that Adrian Rogers quoted who said something like, “The devil must surely say to his demons, ‘If we can keep them from praying, we will beat them every time; but if they pray, they will beat us every time.’” Don’t let a day go by that you do not wake up and pray for deliverance. And before you do, make sure you have the right definition of deliverance. Deliverance does not mean that the devil will not come. Deliverance simply means that, when he does, you will have the wisdom and the strength to withstand his temptation.

If you do not know Jesus Christ as Lord of your life, the devil has already made your heart his home. Please, kick him out in Jesus’ name today and give your heart and your life over completely to Jesus Christ. If you will repent of your sin and confess Jesus Christ as Lord, I promise He will save you today and keep you saved forever.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

What Ought to Anger You

Nowadays all you hear about is how “love wins.” People say that there is no room for hate. They say that hate only causes more problems—it only feeds the fire. Sadly this theory has made its way into the church. My friend, love does not win. It is a love for righteousness and a bitter hatred toward all sin that wins in the end.

Jesus said that the second greatest commandment is to “love your neighbor as yourself” (Matthew 22:39). We ought to love people. However, if we genuinely love someone, we will automatically hate those things that are harmful to that person. There is nothing in this world that is more harmful than sin. In fact, it was sin that made this world the way it is today. If sin had never entered into this world, we would be living in a world of utter perfection. There would be no crime, no disease, no death, etc. However, “through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all [have] sinned” (Romans 5:12).

Sin is the number one most destructive force this world has ever known. James 1:15 says that “sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death.” My friend, if you let it, sin will creep into your life, it will take over your life, and it will ruthlessly eat at you until it has devoured every part of you. Sin will promise you pleasure every time; but as Adrian Rogers used to say, “Once you get what you want, you won’t want what you get.”

This message is for anyone who is willing to listen, but it is mainly aimed toward those who already believe. My friends, the church has grown cold. Apathy has set in. We have been deceived into inviting what we call “harmless” things into our homes, and we have failed to stand up against the things that we claim we believe are wrong.

Luke 19:41 says, “Now as He drew near, He saw the city and wept over it.” When is the last time that you grieved over the things that grieve God? When is the last time that you were angered by a television commercial? When is the last time you were angered by a billboard? When is the last time that it grieved your soul to drive by a so-called “church” of some false religion? Sadly, most of us cannot even remember the last time that we grieved over the things that grieve God. If that is you, you need to wake up!

Does it anger you to hear someone take your Lord’s precious name in vain? It should. Does it anger you to hear someone use profanity? Are you angered by the immorality portrayed in modern-day television and literature? Ephesians 5:3-5 says, “But fornication and all uncleanness or covetousness, let it not even be named among you, as is fitting for saints; 4 neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor coarse jesting, which are not fitting, but rather giving of thanks. 5 For this you know, that no fornicator, unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God.”

This nation and this world are under attack. We cannot stop it, but we can slow it down drastically. Get that filth out of your mind and out of your home. Make up your mind and take your stand! The longer we have a laissez-faire attitude toward sin, the more people it will bring down with it.

I challenge you to please pay attention to what you watch on television, listen to on the radio, and read in books. If sin is not shown as sin, do not support it. Do not buy into the theory that secular music, literature, etc. can help you learn how to better share your faith with the lost. While that may be true, those things do far more harm than they do good.

As most of you know, I love music. I have an iPod and download music quite frequently from iTunes. I asked someone the other week if there was any way that I could change the homepage of the iTunes store because, quite frankly, it infuriates me to see some of the covers of the albums advertised there. I am enraged when I turn on the television in the afternoon and the first thing I see on the screen is “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.” You might say that show is harmless, but it angers me to know that that woman is influencing our nation.

Now, I don’t hate Ellen, Lady Gaga, or anyone else, for that matter. However, I do hate what they stand for. While I pray that they would come to know Jesus as Lord of their lives, I also pray that they would somehow be taken out of the spotlight. If they want to continue to live the lifestyles that they are currently living, I say more power to them; however, there is no need for them to bring the rest of America down with them.

The longer I live, the more I realize that David Wilkerson was right when he said that we need a “call to anguish” in America. I truly believe that, if every Christian would stand up for what he knows is right and stand up against what he knows is wrong, we would see a big revival in this nation. When will we start taking God’s Word seriously?

If you do not know Him, it can only be because you have failed to grieve over the things that grieve God. When will you admit that you are a sinner in need of a Savior? I am here today to tell you that you need to fall on your face before Almighty God and grieve over the fact that you have offended Him by the sin that you are harboring in your heart. If you will turn completely from all sin and confess Jesus Christ as Lord, He will save you today and keep you saved forever.

Monday, May 16, 2011

A Fundamental Realization

Delight yourself also in the LORD,
         And He shall give you the desires of your heart.
Psalm 37:4

There is not one of us upon this earth who does not deal with sin on a daily basis. There are those who do not struggle with sin because they are in collusion with the devil; therefore, they do not fight against him. However, everyone since the very beginning has dealt with sin. There has only ever been one who has not, and that is the Lord Jesus Christ. I would like to share with you today one simple truth that I have come to realize about being victorious over sin. (If you are not a Christian, please do not check out. This post has something to do with you, as well.)

I feel that the above verse has been vastly misunderstood. It simply says that, when our desires match up with His desires, He will grant us the desires of our hearts, which will then also be His desires. Most people selfishly read this verse of Scripture and think that, if they live according to His Word, He will give them health, wealth, and prosperity. Simply put, that just ain’t so. It is only when we want the things that He wants for us that He will give us the desires of our hearts.

I admit that I was struggling a bit today when God reminded me of the above verse. What I realized was that to be victorious over sin we must make the above verse a reality in our lives. We are essentially in control of our own lives and what we say and do. What we want to do, we will do. If we want to give into to the ways of the devil, that is what we will do. Yes, God will convict us and tell us that what we are about to do is wrong; but if we insist on going against His Word, He will not stop us. The same truth works overtime the other way around, as well.

God has always desired for each and every one of us to love Him and live according to His Word. Therefore if we will desire to live for Him, He will grant us that desire in a heartbeat. Now, this does not mean that we will never more struggle with sin. It does mean, however, that we will more times than not come out victorious over sin and the devil.

I had to realize that the reason I was not living victoriously was because it was not my utmost desire to live victoriously. Proverbs 23:7 says, “For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he.” This tells me that whatever we dwell on is what we will ultimately be in life. If we think on sinful things, sin will be victorious over us; but if we are constantly filling our minds with the things of God’s Word, we will be victorious over sin.

I once heard Adrian Rogers quote someone who said something like, “The devil must surely say to his demons, ‘If we can keep them from praying, we will beat them every time, but if they pray, they will beat us every time.’” Do you want to live victoriously? You do? Well, “whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things” (Philippians 4:8).

If you do not know Jesus Christ as Lord, however, you can begin your journey to living a victorious life today. All you have to do is turn forever from your sin and confess Jesus as Lord. If you do those two things, I promise He will save you today and keep you saved forever.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

David Wilkerson’s “Call to Anguish”

Last Wednesday the late Rev. David Wilkerson was tragically killed in a car crash. I must say that I had never heard of David Wilkerson until that day. However, in this week’s newsletter from Living Waters, Ray comfort wrote an article about how David Wilkerson had impacted his life. As I read that article, I began to realize what an influential man of God this man truly was. I saw that even more so when I found the following video on YouTube.

I believe that there is no greater message that American needs to hear in the days in which we are now living than the message contained in the video below. I am so proud to be a part of this great country. I believe that even today the United States of America is the greatest country on earth. However, I marvel at the thought of what this nation could be if we the people would truly anguish over the things that anguish God. Luke 19:41 says, “Now as He drew near, He saw the city and wept over it…” That verse may not mean much to you, but I unfortunately have no doubt that there is no better description of how Almighty God feels about the country in which we live.

This nation has denied the God of its forefathers. We have taken Him out of our schools. We have attempted to take His name out of the Pledge of Allegiance. We have attempted to take His name off of our money. We as a nation have pushed God, the King of the Universe, out of our lives, and we just keep pushing. And the more we push, the less God will resist.

A wise man once said that “your greatest fear should not be that God would lay His hand on you, but that He would take His hand off of you.” So far God has had His hand on this nation. God has richly blessed America. However, I would not be surprised if one day we pushed God away and He resisted no more.

I admit to you that I am not the prayer warrior that I ought to be for this nation. I also know, however, that there is a healing for America; but it will only come when this nation falls to her knees and grieves over the things that grieve God. David Wilkerson was right; this country needs a call to anguish.

Billy Graham once prayed,

“Heavenly Father, we come before You today to ask Your forgiveness and to seek Your direction and guidance. We know Your Word says, 'Woe to those who call evil good,' but that is exactly what we have done. We have lost our spiritual equilibrium and reversed our values. We have exploited the poor and called it the lottery. We have rewarded laziness and called it welfare. We have killed our unborn and called it choice. We have shot abortionists and called it justifiable. We have neglected to discipline our children and called it building self esteem. We have abused power and called it politics. We have coveted our neighbor's possessions and called it ambition. We have polluted the air with profanity and pornography and called it freedom of expression. We have ridiculed the time-honored values of our forefathers and called it enlightenment. Search us, Oh God, and know our hearts today; cleanse us from every sin and set us free.”

I urge you today to please take the things of God seriously. Honor His Word. See the sin of this nation and weep over it. See the sin in your own life and weep over it, too. Repent of your lack of anguish and concern. Get right with God today. If you don’t know Him, you can. In order to have revival in this nation, we first must have revival in our own lives. It is not too late, but time is running out. Please make sure you are in a right relationship with Him before it is eternally too late for you.