Wednesday, November 22, 2017

From the Heart: Passion for Souls

Read Romans 10:1-13

Verse 1: Brothers, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for the Israelites is that they may be saved.

In Raymond C. Ortlund’s book, “Make My Life a Miracle” there is a story about A. B. Simpson. He was founder of the Christian and Missionary Alliance. It said there was a guest in his home who got up early one morning and as he walked down the hall to the study he saw a sight that moved and impressed him greatly. A picture that was burned into his memory. He saw Simpson sitting alone at his desk with his arms encircling a globe of the world. Tears were running down his cheeks. He was literally weeping for a world lost in sin.

The Apostle Paul was greatly burdened for the salvation of his own Jewish people. He expressed his deep concern in Romans 9.

(1) I tell the truth in Christ, I am not lying, my conscience also bearing me witness in the Holy Spirit, (2) I have great sorrow and unceasing anguish in my heart. (3) For I could wish that I myself were accursed from Christ for my brethren, my kinsmen according to the flesh, the people of Israel.

Paul is willing to give himself in exchange for his people.

And in our text for today he said, “My heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is that they may be saved.”

My friends we need to pray for our nation. Let our hearts burn with anguish for our people. May we never forget our forefathers who came to this country seeking freedom from oppression; freedom that would allow them to worship their Jehovah God. When they came they brought everything they had, including their bibles. It became their law of the land and their guiding light for the future.

As I look about us today I see a nation that’s in trouble. A nation that’s divided. Democrats against Republicans, people of color against the white establishment, immigrants against those that would require lawful entry into this nation. The powerful oppressing the powerless.

Why are we so polarized? When you look at your neighbor are you happy that they are successful, with a nice big home and two new cars or do you wish you could bring him down a notch or two? Truth is that we would likely rather be just a little better off than the people next door because we are generally very selfish. If we can’t have what he’s got then we want something better.

Proverbs 16:5 says, “Everyone who is proud in heart is an abomination to the Lord.”

However, there is a bright side to all this. Even with all our wickedness, God still loves us. And He is waiting for us to repent. To bring him back into our schools, our courts and our hearts. I’m praying that this will happen soon so our God can once again cover us with His protection and love. With His help we can be again, one nation under God.

John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that we might be saved.”

Rom. 5:8, “God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

PRAYER:

Our almighty and all-wise God, I come before You tonight with a humble heart, seeking your guidance and protection for this United States of America. May You be as active among us as You were in the days of Moses. For You gave him all he needed to free your people from bondage. Father may You help us to be the spiritual house of Israel, the people of an all-wise and everlasting God. Father we ask not only for the forgiveness of our nation but also for our own personal sins. Help us Father to always trust in You, knowing that You can and will lead us home.

In Jesus Holy Name, AMEN!

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