TODAY'S WORD FOR Thursday, July 04, 2019:
Devoted; love; support and defense of one’s country.
But now they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly country. Therefore, God is not ashamed to be called their God, for He has prepared a city for them.
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
Here in America we celebrate the 243rd anniversary of the founding of our country. It is a big day of celebration with flags flying, parades and summer feasts in many back yards. Our forefathers, who signed the Declaration of Independence, were patriots who were willing to give their lives in the fight to obtain freedom from the British. They had a cause; they were united and they were willing to sacrifice their very lives to be free of oppression.
The freedoms we enjoy today in America came at a very heavy cost for our forefathers. The courage and patriotism of all those who put their lives on the line for all of us today should inspire patriotic loyalty to our country by all citizens of America.
The heart of the foundation of America was the faith that our founding fathers had in God. They built this country on Judeo-Christian principles and God honored them for their faith. Over the past 243 years our country has not strongly maintained those principles.
Take a moment and carefully evaluate what America has done over the last few years. Prayer is no longer allowed in schools. The Ten Commandments have been removed from the walls in Washington D.C., our states capitals, and our schools. What has happened to the standards of American political leaders and our corporate leaders? Honesty and integrity are a thing of the past. Think about what is happening to the family in America. Moral values have declined to the point that nothing shocks us anymore and everyone does what is right in his own eyes.
God has given us standards to live by called the Ten Commandments. He has not left our conduct up to us. We however, are choosing more and more as a nation to live as we see fit. Certainly condemnation is coming from God unless America wakes up very soon.
Fortunately for believers this world is only our temporary home. Believers are not at home in this evil world. We desire a better country. The writer of Hebrews in the verse we have put above assures us that God has prepared a better country, a heavenly country. God paid a heavy cost to provide for us as believers a heavenly home. He sent His only Son to die on the cross to pay the penalty for our sins and gave us the wonderful opportunity to accept Jesus as our Savior so we can spend an eternity in heaven with our Lord.
We challenge you today, no matter what country you live in to be loyal and courageous in sharing the Gospel message to a world that needs to know our Savior. Patriotism will come and go in this world. Events and situations will affect many people but our patriotism to our Lord should never waver. Our sure foundation in our belief in God and His saving grace will take us to our heavenly home where we will spend an eternity.
Our memory verse for this week is found in John 3:16.
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
We thank You for the freedom we have to worship You in spirit and in truth. May our patriotism to the Judeo-Christian principles of our country and more importantly to our Lord be strengthened daily. May we be courageous and bold in defending our faith to all that we walk with and talk with today.
These Family Devotional thoughts are written by Dr. Ken Phillips, Executive Director of America's Hunger
Solution, and his wife Dottie. Ken has had ministry positions
with The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, World Vision, Youth For Christ, World Opportunities International,
and World Bible Society. He also has consulted for more than 30 Christian ministries in management and stewardship
development. They have published a book called No Problems Only Situations that discusses the journey of their family.
Ken and Dottie have been married for 60 years, and have 6 children, 20 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren. Their
second book, TODAY'S WORD, includes 365 daily
devotionals and is now available for only $10.
Ken & Dottie Phillips
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