July 5, 2020

Open ye the gates,
that the righteous nation
which keepeth the truth
may enter in.
(Isaiah 26:2)

A Great Nation

While America has been referred to as “a great nation” by many, God’s perspective on nations is most important.  The first mention in the Bible of “a great nation” is found in Genesis 12 when the Lord spoke to Abram:

And I will make of thee a great nation,
and I will bless thee,
and make thy name great;
and thou shalt be a blessing:
(Genesis 12:2)

Israel was the first “great nation” in the sight of the Lord.  When Israel followed the Lord, they were greatly blessed by Him.  When Israel rebelled, they were severely judged by the Lord.  The wealth, natural resources, or military prowess of a nation does not make it great in God’s sight. What makes a nation great in the sight of the Lord is the nation’s desire to obey Him!.  Keep in mind that nations are made up of individuals, and those individuals contribute to the direction of the nation when it comes to following the Lord.  While it is easy to point the finger and blame others for the direction of our nation, we should all look in the mirror to see if our actions are in alignment with what the Lord desires.  Honestly consider the following question: Are you presently contributing to God’s blessing upon the United States of America?

Righteousness exalteth a nation:
but sin is a reproach to any people.
(Proverbs 14:34)

Memory Verse –

July & August emphasis: THE FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT
This morning — (LOVE) John 4:16
Next week — (JOY) – 1 Peter 1:8

Praying For Our Nation’s Leadership

Paul gave Timothy some practical instruction about praying for “all that are in authority” that we can certainly glean from in this present hour:

I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men;
For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.
(1 Timothy 2:1, 2)

We would all do well to heed this exhortation.  Below is a list of key leaders to remember in prayer during the week ahead.
President Trump, Governor DeSantis, Senator Rick Scott, Senator Marco Rubio, and Representative Bill Posey.

Important Reminders

  • New devotional booklets are available in the lobby (Baptist Bread for July/August and Call to Glory for July)
  • Offerings will be taken today and next week. The offering box in the lobby may be used any time.
  • The sign-up list for e-mail prayer letters is in the lobby on the table.
  • Prayer meeting scheduled for Thursday, 6:30-7:30 pm
  • Revelation study to begin Saturday, July 11th at 2:00 pm