While we honor those who have, out of conviction, served our God-founded nation to help keep our freedoms for the proclaiming of the Gospel of the Kingdom, we also express honor and thankfulness to Him, our LORD JESUS CHRIST, Who gave Himself for our eternal freedom. ”It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.” (Gal.5:1, NIV)
As the people of God assemble today, may they lift their hearts in praise as they remember what the faithful God of Israel has done and is yet doing to keep His promises to Israel and those who look to Him as their Lord and their God. May they not ever forget that there is a memorial to His power and His mercy in that He parted the waters of the Red Sea and of the Jordan and He is still actively making a way where there is no way. “Then ye shall answer them, That the waters of Jordan were cut off before the ark of the covenant of the LORD; when it passed the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan were cut off; and these stones shall be FOR A MEMORIAL unto the sons of Israel FOR EVER.” (Josh.4:7)
No matter what national or worldwide catastrophe is making headlines, we are already obligated to the purposes of Almighty God in this earth. Really bad things that happen may make it a bit more difficult to get certain things accomplished and they may knock the wind out of us but they must not become insurmountable walls to us; they must only be obstacles which we overcome on our way to fulfillment of purpose.
PLAN NOW TO ATTEND!
I know that the Bible says that we are a nation of kings and priests but I believe that, from consideration of the assurances in holy Scripture, we could also accurately say that we are an Anticipation Nation. We can anticipate (1) seeing the direction of the Lord for our lives and our nation; (2) seeing things that are tending toward harm and/or interference (in our families, churches, jobs and nation) so they might be averted; (3) seeing blessings and advantages that are available to us through the promises and purposes of God Almighty; and (4) seeing strategy and how to pray for people we are concerned for. (The fifth excerpt from Marty’s article “Anticipation Nation”)
There are factors about our makeup that we can come to understand that will be of great value in fulfilling God’s plan for our life (2Tim.4:7). Learning what that makeup looks like, accepting it and releasing ourselves to express it freely, while relating to others who have a different makeup, is key to success. When we begin to take notice of how God has made us we can stay quite close to the trajectory our Lord has for His expression in our life’s walk. Then we more efficiently bring glory to God and are more fulfilled and at peace in our lives. (Ps.119:73, NKJV) “Your hands have made me and fashioned me…” We are praying you discover daily that you are accepting and growing in who God made you to be. (Marty’s Daily Discovery as heard on TEXAS PRAISE RADIO at the bottom of the hour 24hrs/day.) www.txpraise.com
A great example of scripture that shows us God has already moved in our tomorrow and what we can anticipate is Ps.77:19. (CEV) “You walked through the water of the mighty sea, but your footprints were never seen.” And The Message version says: “You strode right through Ocean, walked straight through roaring Ocean, but nobody saw you come or go.” God’s footprints were already in the bottom of the Red Sea before Israel ever left Egypt! An updated comparison might be: before they walked into 2018, God walked through the Red Sea in 2017. No one saw His footprints because they were looking at the circumstances with the considerations of the present age (cf. Rom 12:2). They had stopped considering God’s Word and had started considering the appearance of present circumstances. Most of them were looking back at Egypt wishing they had never screwed up the courage to walk out; desiring captivity and limited possibilities rather than trusting a God whose “mercies are new every morning” (that is a very strong hint that we should anticipate God). There are no surprises awaiting God in the remainder of 2017. His footprints are already out there in 2018. We are anticipating a Participating God who cannot be surprised. (The fourth excerpt from Marty’s article “Anticipation Nation”)