Saturday, March 21, 2009

No King But Jesus!

"If it feels good, do it!"

"You deserve a break today, so get up and get away!"

"Follow your heart!"

"Obey your thirst!"

"Be all that you can be!"

"Double your pleasure, double your fun!"

These and many other famous ad slogans are messages I've heard during my lifetime. As time has passed, so has the "me-centeredness" of our culture--a shift not unlike the days of Israel during the period of the judges.

Judges 19 through 21 bring to an end the book of scripture that chronicles the 400 year period during which Israel is described as a people who had no king so each did what was right in his own eyes.

I touched on the topic yesterday, but a world without order and a people without a "king" will always decline socially and morally. The order of our own nation's government is a beautiful thing. Our representative republic was brilliantly conceived by our forefathers to ensure individual liberty and personal responsibility with the establishment of justice for all. I'm afraid though, that we are in danger of forgetting the high price that was paid by those who gave their lives for this costly freedom and liberty.

My hope is that we will not forget the King of Kings who has granted us his favor and showered us with blessings. In truth, we need no King but Jesus, and yet clearly there are many living among us who do not bow to him. My prayer today is that God will send a fresh wind of His Spirit's power throughout America so that there will be an awakening to the decline in our land that mirrors so much of what happened in Israel during the period of the judges, and that King Jesus will rescue us from ourselves before it is too late.

Father, save us from ourselves and from our ignorance. Send an awakening and a revival so that your people wake up and those who have never known the truth are enlightened. Move in power and might, but as you do, please protect those who trust you and love you and call you Lord. In Jesus' Name. Amen.

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