When this great country was founded, it was founded by great men of integrity and character and a healthy the fear of the Lord. They were deliberate to structure our government and our rules and laws in a certain way. And they were careful to weave into the framework of our country things that they knew to be critical to our success. It’s like the old saying, “never forget where you came from.” And the people of this country chose these men as leaders for a reason, because they proved to be men of worthy of the people’s trust.
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“Paul and Barnabas appointed elders for them in each church and, with prayer and fasting, committed them to the Lord, in whom they had put their trust.” – Acts 14:23
And just like the American people trusted them, the great early leaders of this country put their trust in God. The great leaders of this country have consistently realized the value and principle of putting our trust in God. And it was not for political gain or benefit, as many politicians do today to appeal to a certain voting segment. It came from a deep belief and a place of wisdom.
In his second inaugural address, Abraham Lincoln speech mentions God 14 times and quotes the Bible four times, with two references to the Old Testament and two to the New Testament. The phrase “In God We Trust” appeared on our coins dating back to the Civil War, and then in 1956 President Eisenhower officially signed into law that the phrase “under God” be inserted into the pledge of allegiance, and shortly after that “In God We Trust” be the nation’s official motto and printed on all American paper currency. Clearly the great leaders of this great country understood the value of putting their trust in God.
When asked about his reasons for making these moves of , President Eisenhower said, “In this way we are reaffirming the transcendence of religious faith in America’s heritage and future; in this way we shall constantly strengthen those spiritual weapons which forever will be our country’s most powerful resource in peace and war.” Many great leaders understand that we need to invest in our military strength, but the greatest leaders understood that there is no greater weapon than the Word of God. They understood Isaiah 54:17, that “No weapon formed against you shall prosper, And every tongue which rises against you in judgment You shall condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, And their righteousness is from Me,” Says the Lord.”
When we consider who we can trust, let us first put our faith in God who always keeps his promises (Deuteronomy 7:9 – “Know therefore that the LORD your God is God; he is the faithful God, keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commandments”). And let us put those in power who understand this truth and the truth of Ephesians 6:12, “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”
And as in today’s chosen scripture, let us lift up our leaders through prayer and fasting, committing them to the Lord. Who are we lifting up through prayer and fasting? Are we lifting up our President and our elected officials? Are we lifting up those in our households and in our workplaces? Consider this, all circumstances can be changed in an instant by God. Let our hearts yearn for a relationship with God our Father and our Lord Jesus Christ as we fully surrender, and fully trust in Him.
Dear heavenly Father, thank you for your Word today. Thank you for salvation that comes though your Son Jesus Christ. We thank you for your love an mercy. Refresh us and make us new today, and every morning. Help us to fully surrender, and to fully put our trust in You. Help us to pray and fast for our leaders Lord. Cleanse us with your Word and let your Holy Spirit overflow in us. Draw us closer to you each and every day Lord. Guide our every step, our every Word, our every thought. We give you all the honor and glory and praise, in Jesus mighty name. Amen.
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