Let The Lord Lead!

Let The Lord Lead!

Listen to my words, LORD, consider my lament. Hear my cry for help, my King and my God, for to you I pray.In the morning, LORD, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait expectantly. For you are not a God who is pleased with wickedness; with you, evil people are not welcome. The arrogant cannot stand in your presence. You hate all who do wrong; you destroy those who tell lies. The bloodthirsty and deceitful you, LORD, detest. But I, by your great love, can come into your house; in reverence I bow down toward your holy temple. Lead me, LORD, in your righteousness because of my enemies— make your way straight before me. Not a word from their mouth can be trusted; their heart is filled with malice. Their throat is an open grave; with their tongues they tell lies.Declare them guilty, O God! Let their intrigues be their downfall. Banish them for their many sins, for they have rebelled against you.But let all who take refuge in you be glad; let them ever sing for joy. Spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may rejoice in you.  Surely, LORD, you bless the righteous; you surround them with your favor as with a shield. Psalm 5 NIV

Is the Lord leading our already great nation? Too many (without express guidance from God) are saying that God is using Trump to bring people back to Him! Does God need to use deceitful tactics to bring awareness of who He is? Does God need to take “choice” from us to bring people to Him?

If that was the plan (and I sincerely doubt it), it’s not working. More people are turning away from those bastions of religious ardor than ever before. In fact, the attitude of a number of people is borderline hatred for anyone claiming to be a Christian. I was told that I couldn’t be a Democrat and a Christian. When I asked the person who said this, “why not” they responded by saying Democrats don’t believe in the bible.

NEWSFLASH! From what I see of Republican behavior, they are the ones who don’t believe in the Bible. Oh sure, they “select” a few talking points to justify what they do, but the bible should not be used for talking points, but righteous living before God. If a person spewing forth cherry-picked scriptures are not living The Word, what they say means absolutely nothing. They are not letting The Lord lead them anywhere other than to “seize opportunities to control the masses,” just like the Pharisees.

The more I talk to Believing Christians (not the pseudo-Christians–who profess a form of godliness, but know not God), the more I realize that people are running from those who claim to be Christians but don’t want to love others.

Let me see if I can make a case for what I see and believe (based upon The Word). The first thing I look at in The Word is knowing what I’m supposed to do–Love God and love others.  God gives each of us the right to choose what we do and He honors our choices--and leaves us to receive the consequences of our choices–good or bad. This is why I am Pro-Choice (which does not mean I am pro-abortion as some are saying–promoting the lie that a person cannot be pro-choice and a Christian).

According to The Word–Christians are to defend the rights of the poor and the needy, those who are vulnerable and don’t have a platform to fight for themselves. I have been involved with non-profits and in volunteering for many years–making sure the rights of others are not trampled and that they have access to what they need. This is the Christian walk–always considering the needs of others above self. Do we see that from Republicans or the rats scurrying around the White House?

Do I love God? More than life itself and have enjoyed serving Him. If He called me home right now, I would not be concerned about His final words to me for I know, I’ll hear, “Well done.”

How do I know this? I say what God says and do what He tells me to do. When I allow Him to lead, I cannot go wrong. Does He always take the road I’d like to take? No, and I often wonder why I can’t go the way I want to go. I can–He doesn’t force us to do anything nor does He make choices for us. He has planned our lives (Jeremiah 23:11) and if we want to obtain what He has planned, we must believe Him and follow His directions, not man’s.

How about loving others? Not a problem–I know how to love because of the love He pours into my heart–unconditionally, even the unlovable. That doesn’t mean that I like what others do or condone lifestyles that are not of God. I discovered a long time ago that we encourage people to come to Christ by how we treat them, not by preaching them into hell. Christ loves the sinner–so can I–but I don’t become a sinner to show them Christ; I live what I say I believe. If people don’t want to change who they are or what they do–they won’t and that’s not on me. My responsibility ends with my representation of who Christ is, not whether they accept and believe it.

And herein lies the problem with the “representation” of who He is by Republicans who promote a liar-in-chief. Many who have straddled the fence in coming to terms with Christianity have now chosen the other side–alongside the non-believers and atheists because they want no part of “Christianity” as demonstrated by pseudo-christians. I refuse to be a hypocrite, listen to them or support them since they lie to themselves and others about who they are.

That is truly the sad part. When people have an opportunity to demonstrate the love of Christ, they have chased people away with their attacks and delusional beliefs that God would choose a mentally incompetent pathological liar to lead millions of people–into total chaos, pulling apart families, making people fearful and obstructing justice to try to keep their wrong-doings hidden. That doesn’t sound like the God of Heaven to me and it certainly doesn’t demonstrate who He is.

Fortunately for me and a number of others, we won’t have to answer to God for this folly when we stand before Him. On a daily basis, I seek The Lord for guidance and implore Him to help me get through another day, without resorting to the tactics I see from others. That does not mean I won’t use every avenue open to me to point out the hypocrisy of those in leadership positions or to let them know–they lie and mislead and we see it. I thank God for Him keeping my words–civil (just barely, but He does rein me in) so I don’t come across as a hypocrite.

My criticism of those in White House and on Capitol Hill is justified and needed in order to bring them to a place where if they never respond to me or others; they will not be able to stand before God and say, “they didn’t realize they were wrong.” There are a number of us who remind them on a daily basis that what they’re doing is wrong. We can’t make them do right, but we can keep letting them know just how wrong they are and we do.

Whenever anyone attempts to violate a person’s rights–in Christ or according to the Constitution, they are wrong.  Using bullying tactics and deceitful strategies and bribery to get others to do what they want is wrong. Separating families who have committed no crimes and just want the opportunity to have a better life is wrong. Yeah, yeah, I know there is a “legal” way to obtain entrance into this country, but desperate people often do desperate things in order to save the lives of their family–especially when children are involved. So what happened to “defending the rights of the poor and needy?” With those who love Christ and have more love to share with others, we’re doing just that. It’s the others–the pseudo-christians–who are not being led by The Lord.

Resist The Devil!

Resist The Devil!

What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don’t they come from your desires that battle within you?You desire but do not have, so you kill. You covet but you cannot get what you want, so you quarrel and fight. You do not have because you do not ask God.When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.You adulterous people, don’t you know that friendship with the world means enmity against God? Therefore, anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God. Or do you think Scripture says without reason that he jealously longs for the spirit he has caused to dwell in us? But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says: “God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.” Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.  James 4:10 NIV (read all of James)

There is indeed a need to resist the devil in our midst–the evil that comes from the White House–connected with Russian ties.

What causes someone to want to fight and quarrel and only see the negative side of anything that doesn’t pertain to them? What resides inside the person who thinks that as long as the news is about him and all he does–it has to be positive and favorable or otherwise it’s fake news?

What we see–on a daily basis–is an attempt to subvert and circumvent elements of laws and constitutional policy to push a political agenda that can only end in either civil insurrection or war.

The lies and liars are playing a leading role on the American stage and the world is watching, shaking their heads in total wonderment and some–who didn’t like us anyway, are gearing up to take on the bully–who is actually a cowardly lion who’s making a lot of noise, but has no bite.

What we have in the White House is an illiterate person, who cannot read and signs Executive Orders for show, and doesn’t really know what he’s signing because no one consulted him about the content. He’s just giddy with power and having an opportunity to make something of the optics when he’s shown signing his name which he proudly displays, pretty much like a third-grader, just learning how to write in cursive.

The “reality tv” king is exposing for all the world to see, not only does he not have on a royal robe, but he also lacks the intellect and stamina to sustain and maintain a position of leadership–without the world laughing at his efforts.

It is truly sad that he has never learned the art of being friendly for friendship’s sake, but has always eyed a situation in order to see how he could best benefit from it. Yesterday, with the Prime Minister from Japan, who he made quite uncomfortable with a prolonged jerky handshake–attempting a photo op–made it clear for all to see, he’s not sincerely likeable. And that was not the first time. Apparently, no one has coached him on how to “shake hands” without make a nuisance of himself.

Even during the joint press conference, while Prime Minister Abe was speaking, 45 never had on the earphones by which he could have heard the translation, but stood at his podium nodding like a fool, never understanding anything. Had he worn them, he would have heard the Prime Minister attempting to give him some sage advice about leadership.

But since 45 thinks he knows everything, not many can offer him advice and those who do, are not playing nice--since they’re the ones who want him out of the way so they can take the reins and lead this country backwards.

If there was any integrity or honor in 45, he would have seen with open eyes–the chaos he created with all the lies and propaganda and stepped aside–admitting he is not the legitimate president.

And yet he persists with his mythical twist of lies about voter fraud and considering how he projects onto others what he is guilty of–someone should look into it–and discover just how fraudulent this election really was since it favored him.

Now, those of us who know the truth have a job to do and do we must to show the world there are real Patriots in the land, more than just one man who lies, and we will persist and won’t desist as we continue to resist the devil in the White House.

God Hasn’t Forgotten!

God Hasn’t Forgotten!

I remembered my songs in the night. My heart meditated and my spirit asked: “Will the Lord reject forever? Will he never show his favor again?  Has his unfailing love vanished forever? Has his promise failed for all time? Has God forgotten to be merciful? Has he in anger withheld his compassion?”Then I thought, “To this I will appeal: the years when the Most High stretched out his right hand. I will remember the deeds of the LORD; yes, I will remember your miracles of long ago.I will consider all your works and meditate on all your mighty deeds.”Your ways, God, are holy. What god is as great as our God? You are the God who performs miracles; you display your power among the peoples. With your mighty arm you redeemed your people, the descendants of Jacob and Joseph. The waters saw you, God, the waters saw you and writhed; the very depths were convulsed. The clouds poured down water, the heavens resounded with thunder; your arrows flashed back and forth. Your thunder was heard in the whirlwind, your lightning lit up the world; the  earth trembled and quaked.Your path led through the sea, your way through the mighty waters, though your footprints were not seen. You led your people like a flock by the hand of Moses and Aaron. Psalm 77:6-20 NIV

No matter how disappointed we get with the seemingly ignored events of those in the White House, we must remember that God has not forgotten us. He numbered the very hairs on our heads, knows our thoughts before we ever think them, and has planned a future for us to prosper us, not harm us.

He did not promise we would not encounter obstacles on the journey to receive what He has in store for us, but we can be assured we will receive all He has for us because God is not a man that He should lie. Considering how he abhors lies and liars, telling a lie would never be a consideration for God. When, we read His Word and live it, we can count on His plans being fulfilled even when we don’t see how.

Just like He has not forgotten those who are waiting for deliverance from the evil in the White House, He has not forgotten those who perpetuate the evil and He will give them their due recompense for all the havoc and chaos they have created.

We may think we’ve gotten away with something when we shrug off the illicit behaviors that would cost people their jobs in a blink of an eye. God knows–and perhaps–He is allowing more humiliation to build before the fall occurs. Satan doesn’t have a problem with anyone rising to high heights because the fall will devastate. And he will take out his own army.

Therefore, if we trust God, we can trust that He is not ignoring the plight of America. He will deal with all those who are not acting like they belong to Him in Congress–all those Republicans who are “afraid of the president” and not the people who voted for them. They have forgotten, the “so-called”president didn’t elect them–the people did. God has also not forgotten those “church leaders” who promoted 45 as “God’s Choice” for president and they, too will reap their just recompense.

If we believe God’s Word is true, then we must know that none are exempt from receiving the recompense of their actions–no one–not the president or anyone else working in the White House–and violating the laws and policies of this land. The oath of office taken by the president, Congress, and cabinet appointees should have been taken seriously, for The Word tells, it is better not to  make vow, than to make a vow and not keep it. One would think–all those “so-called Christians in Congress” would know this. I guess they haven’t read it for awhile.

At any rate, all the world will see soon and very soon that though evil crept into the midst of things–God has not forgotten. Vengeance is His and He will repay–bigly!

Don’t forget–God has always used people-those who are willing to listen to Him and obey–to accomplish all of His plans. If God is speaking to your heart to get involved in the resistance movement (resisting against evil), don’t hesitate to act, while you yet have a chance.

His Love and Mercy Endures!

His Love and Mercy Endures!

Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good. His love endures forever. Give thanks to the God of gods. His love endures forever.Give thanks to the Lord of lords: His love endures forever. to him who alone does great wonders, His love endures forever who by his understanding made the heavens, His love endures forever.who spread out the earth upon the waters, His love endures forever. who made the great lights—His love endures forever. the sun to govern the day, His love endures forever. the moon and stars to govern the night; His love endures forever. to him who struck down the firstborn of Egypt His love endures forever. and brought Israel out from among them His love endures forever. to him who divided the Red Sea asunder His love endures forever. and brought Israel through the midst of it, His love endures forever. but swept Pharaoh and his army into the Red Sea; His love endures forever. to him who led his people through the wilderness; His love endures forever. to him who struck down great kings, His love endures forever. and killed mighty kings—His love endures forever. Sihon king of the Amorites His love endures forever.and Og king of Bashan—His love endures forever. and gave their land as an inheritance, His love endures forever. an inheritance to his servant Israel. His love endures forever.He remembered us in our low estate His love endures forever. and freed us from our enemies. His love endures forever. He gives food to every creature. His love endures forever. Give thanks to the God of heaven. His love endures forever. Psalm 136 NIV

We do give thanks to the God of Heaven, for we know that no matter what men do; He will have the last word, even if He has to remove them from the face of the earth, leaving all they have accumulated for others to enjoy.

Nothing men or women do in secret remains hidden for long and God in His infinite Wisdom, will bring to the light all that was done in darkness.

When exposure comes, many will cringe as the world watches how greed and corruption, lies and ego have turned this country into a joke, teetering on the edge of civil insurrection, with its “so called leader” the butt of every joke.

Oh how the dark deeds will hate the spotlight that shines upon every evil plot and plan so that none escape the consequential course–the Hamanesque effect!

It is good to consider the words we utter against others for if we do not give great thought to what we say, our words will come back to haunt us.

If we do not respect others in their position of leadership, it is an exercise of futility to expect others to respect us in the same position. Karma bites!

But I am praying for every person who knows and understands how God operates for the good of all His children and I stand with all who support justice and liberty for all. At the same time, I stand firmly against any and all who would ignore the needs of the poor and the vulnerable; those who malign and belittle women; those who lie and bribe to move their agendas forward; those who think they are gods.

For there is but One God–the creator of all things and without Him, nothing was created. That same God–who has determined how we are to live on the earth with one another–has not changed who He is or His intent for mankind.

The sooner mere mortals recognize that our trust and faith should only be in God, not man or woman, the sooner we’ll be able to live in peace in harmony; allowing greed and corruption to come to an end, knowing how to treat all–equally.

Adversary or Advocate?

Adversary or Advocate?

Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings.And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. To him be the power for ever and ever. Amen. 1 Peter 5:6-11 NIV

Jesus replied, “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them. Anyone who does not love me will not obey my teaching. These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me. “All this I have spoken while still with you. But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. “You heard me say, ‘I am going away and I am coming back to you.’ If you loved me, you would be glad that I am going to the Father, for the Father is greater than I. I have told you now before it happens, so that when it does happen you will believe. I will not say much more to you, for the prince of this world is coming. He has no hold over me, but he comes so that the world may learn that I love the Father and do exactly what my Father has commanded me. “Come now; let us leave.                  John 14:23-31 NIV

I read an interesting article the other day, about why Christians should stop saying that Donald Trump is a Christian.  What the author of the article said was nothing new to me because I have said before, over and over again, but it was confirmation of what I have been saying. And it was refreshing to see what another real Christian had to say about their observations-the lack of any fruit of the Holy Spirit. In fact, the author said, the only fruit they have seen was “rotten fruit.” http://johnpavlovitz.com/2017/02/02/its-time-we-stopped-calling-donald-trump-a-christian/

Only those who have been “brainwashed” by the gaslighting strategy employed by the trump team or so blinded by their agenda of reversing Roe v Wade could believe that Trump has even acknowledged Christ. To be clear–a Christian is someone who follows the teachings of Christ–in all things and when filled with Holy Spirit–is reminded of everything He said and we see the fruit of that development in loving The Lord and loving others–unconditionally.

Again, and I will keep saying this–it is the Evangelical leaders who have set the stage for the mockery of our democratic process–maligned for all the world to see and then they wonder why others keep belittling Trump. Though those same leaders have said they prayed and “God told them Trump was His choice,” I see no evidence of any communication with the God of Heaven, the Creator of all things and without whom nothing was ever created. They communicated with each other and those in leadership positions to determine how they might effect a Republican win for the White House–just to make sure they could “control what women” do with their bodies. They can deny it all they want to, but the evidence is clear. They promoted an illiterate, cognitively impaired egotist to be president–just to have a say-so in the Supreme Court selection.

The god of this world–Satan–knows how to entrench himself in the minds of those who have not submitted to God and give them strong delusions–having them believe a lie because they did not want to know truth. It wasn’t just the Evangelical leaders; it was all those who were gullible enough to believe “anything” Trump said. But because they kept listening–they were gaslighted–not knowing they were being brainwashed to accept the lies and even now–they keep listening to the lies and the liars–choosing to ignore the truth that is displayed before them daily. That’s the effect of gaslighting–psychological manipulation.

We have an Advocate–His name is Jesus–who will plead our case before The Father and when we allow Holy Spirit who dwells within us to lead us–we can be assured the verdict will be, “Well done.”

But then there is the adversary–the prince of this world–who influences weak minds and spiritually weak people, into believing him and this can only happen when we refuse to submit to God and live according to His Word. For the Word tells us to, “Submit to God, resist the devil, and He will flee.” (James 4:7) We cannot “resist” the devil if we keep listening to the lies and more importantly, if we have not “submitted” our thoughts and ways to God, allowing Him to lead us–we place ourselves in jeopardy–giving the adversary room to work in our lives.

I have come to realize that perhaps, not many people reading my daily blog might believe I consult God in what I say, and that’s okay. God knows. For there is never a time that I don’t consult Him about any subject that I write. I honor His Word in the selection of passages used as a foundation for what I say and He honors “my choice” in what I say that aligns with His Word.

Here’s the thing–none of us have to “believe” anyone else, but I choose to acknowledge and support those who demonstrate their love of God by doing what God says–not people. God would not promote a pathological liar to represent Him–but mere mortals with an agenda did and do. And now–the Trump Team has developed a new way to present their lies–as “alternative facts” which are still lies.

So, everyone still has choices. We can be influenced negatively and publicly by the adversary, the devil; or we can live according to God’s Word and know our Advocate will always be by our side. It is “our choice” as to who we listen to and believe and God will honor our choices by allowing the consequences of our choices to overtake–for the good or the worse–we choose.

What Fruit Do We See?

What Fruit Do We See?

So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.  “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it. “Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves. By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? Likewise, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit.Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them. Matthew 7:12-20 NIV

The Word of The Lord–Jesus speaking!

The world tells us that, “what goes around, comes around.” Whenever I think about this, I’m reminded of a boomerang that returns to the one who throws it.

When we fling insults and denigrate others simply out of spite, what else can we expect from others?

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The press secretary to #45 tells us, when the press indicates (through comparative photos) his crowd size was smaller than Obama’s, it was demoralizing. And the press secretary goes on to tell a fabulous lie about #45’s inaugural crowd being the “largest ever.” Frustrated by having to tell the lie (I’m sure encouraged by #45), he turned red and stuttered, out the lie. “It was the largest crowd. Period.”

Now, where have we heard that before? When #45 gathered the press together with a supposed “big announcement” which was actually promotion of his new hotel, he stammered out, “President Obama was born in the United States. Period.”And then he walked away without responding to any questions. Press secretary did the same thing after his first press conference–walked away without answering any questions. Why? For at least six years, #45 told everyone he could find, President Obama was not born in the United States–attempting to de-legitimize his presidency, and now–he’s overly concerned about people seeing him as the illegitimate president because he lost the popular vote by almost three million votes. Doesn’t sound like a legitimate win to me–especially with the Russian hacking and false propaganda promoted about Hillary.

Do we see a pattern here?

Then, during another interview–the counselor to #45 told Chuck Todd, they had not lied about the crowd size, they merely presented, “alternative facts.” They lied. But then again, their boss lies–and lies, and lies and lies. But his enablers brush off the lies by saying, “you just didn’t understand what he was saying.” Are we all having a problem misunderstanding or is he incapable of making himself understood?

His lack of understanding–about the important things–is obvious. He signs executive orders for the drama and then when attempting to read some part of what he signed, stumbles over the words. So, it was not exactly a revelation when it was exposed that Bannon was the architect in drafting the executive orders. Most of us knew #45 didn’t draft them because the vocabulary used was beyond his ability to comprehend.

Bannon–late last week told the press,”You need to shut up.” There was more, but this will have to suffice to make the point. Who is he to tell the press to shut up? Good question! As it turns out, he is the power behind #45, the one making all the decisions and appointing himself to the National Security Council–under the guise that #45 made the decision. The wolves are circling and getting ready for the kill.

I have said–repeatedly–that #45 has demonstrated a cognitive disability and now–when revelations are made every day, my thoughts have been confirmed. But the enablers–try to keep up the ruse by blaming everyone else for the ineptness we see in the WH.

Now, what was that #45 often said about President Obama? “He’s the worst president ever!” Really? It would appear–than in just 10 days, the worst president ever has been immortalized for all the world to see and we know by the fruit he’s produced–it’s all bad.

  • Signing executive order to repeal the ACA without a replacement plan with no thought about all it affects. Many people are expressing regrets for voting for him because they didn’t realize that, “Obamacare” which they despised because of the name, was actually–the Affordable Care Act–which they now realize–they need.
  • Signing the executive order to ban Muslims and then saying, it wasn’t a “Muslim ban.” However, Giuliani said in a televised interview, that #45 had called him and asked him how he could, “legally ban Muslims.” But then, Giuliani–true to form–lied and said he didn’t really mean it.
  • He has signed so many executive orders–“more than President Obama” in such a short span of time, that he thinks that makes him a great president and his enablers are praising him for it–feeding his ego, fearful of telling him the truth. He cannot handle truth!

When lying and guilt weigh a person down, their demeanor changes and the evil residing inside, shows up on the outside and we can see it is taking its toll on both the counselor and press secretary. Even #45 is looking drained.

What fruit do we see? The growth from seeds of evil and greed for power to the extent that many are wondering, who is the president? Is it Bannon, Putin or #45?

With each day that passes, without someone checking what’s going on in the WH, we all should be watchful for the civil insurrection that is bound to occur with all of the lack of knowledge and wisdom, in making decisions in the WH.

God knows–He sees and hears everything–and He will expose all that is done in darkness by bringing it into the marvelous light–so all will know truth!

What Happened To Liberty?

What Happened To Liberty?

The name of the LORD is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe.The rich man’s wealth is his strong city, and as an high wall in his own conceit. Before destruction the heart of man is haughty, and before honour is humility.He that answereth a matter before he heareth it, it is folly and shame unto him. Proverbs 18:10-13 KJV

The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,To preach the acceptable year of the Lord. Luke 4:18, 19 KJV

No matter what happens in America or in the land, there is always a Word of The Lord to address the situation. And now–with 45–the gift of France should be returned and the National Anthem put on a shelf.

Oh, say! can you see by the dawn’s early light
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight’s last gleaming;
Whose broad stripes and bright stars, through the perilous fight,
O’er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming?
And the rocket’s re d glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there:
Oh, say! does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

Building walls instead of bridges, censoring what people can say or tweet, keeping out those in need, escaping tyranny and oppression–negates the purpose and intent of the gift given from France–Lady Liberty–who if she could–would be heartbroken and crying to see the state of America at this point.

Frances Scott–though an advocate of slavery–would have to see the utter irony of the line–“Over the land of the free and the home of the brave?” Or maybe we never were the land of the free and certainly not the brave when the leader of a “supposed” free world bullies and encourages bullying by others in his administration. We know anyone who attempts to bully others is not brave, but cowardly. 

Where has liberty fled? Where is the Congressional intervention that should be implemented in keeping 45 in check? Where are those with the backbone, will and desire to stand up to oppressive leaders who are attempting to employ a fascist regime.

Lord, we know we have complete liberty in You and perhaps that may be the extent of liberty in America for a time, but we shall with Your direction–continue the fight in opposition to oppression, and continue to defend the rights of the poor and the needy. Thank You for strength, wisdom and knowledge to do all things well–to Your glory!

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