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Synopsis of The Straw That Broke the Camel’s Back
Good and joyful day today to all Christian brothers and sisters on this the day the Lord has made. Pull up a chair, pour yourself a cup of coffee, or tea, or milk, or whatever is your favorite, we’re about to slice a piece of the Bread of Life, the Word of God. And today’s slice comes from: Revelation 3:14 And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God; 15 I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. 16 So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth. 17 Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked: 18 I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see. 19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent. 20 Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me. 21 To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne. 22 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.
May I call your attention to a couple of things we just read: Verse 20 Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him…. Notice, we see in this most remarkable of all Scriptures that Jesus will stand outside the doors of His own church and will not enter unless someone opens for Him. In this age, He will not go anywhere that He is not wanted. When America basically said that we do not want Him anymore and will even remove the mention of Him from our history and our public places, He left. We have now been left to our own devices, and we are about to find out how foolish this was. There were many Christians who did not want this, but they did not do anything about it. As God has been removed from our culture, there has hardly been even a protest. Where was the salt? Where were those who are called to be His light? His grace, His favor, and His Blessings? He will only return if we open the door for Him.
Just temporarily fixing the monetary crisis will not stop our demise. Perils are coming at us from many other directions. We are a nation that was dedicated to the Lord, and we cannot get away with what other countries may get away with. If we do not return to the Lord, we will soon cease to exist as the Republic that once gave hope to the whole world. Notice that I did not say “Republican,” I said the Republic.
It was not American ingenuity or exceptionalism that prospered America—it was God’s favor. Ingenuity and the true definition of American exceptionalism have their place and should be recognized and honored, but even those were the result of God’s grace.
One of the greatest blessings of God on nations that He blesses is wise leadership. We are commanded to pray for our leaders, and this is one of the most important prayers we can pray at this time. We are not told to pray for the great leaders, or even the good ones, or ones we agree with, but the ones we have. We can also pray for those who are being raised up or who would end up with authority in the coming crisis. We should also pray for them that God is calling, today, today I say, to be our Josephs and Daniels—prophets from God with the wisdom to help them navigate through what is coming and to be the watchmen on the wall for us, His people.
Second, we just read in verse 20 To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne… Who is it that he is inviting? Verse 22 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches. He is wanting to speak to anyone who is trying to not only listen for but is willing to communicate with His Holy Spirit. This is something that too many churches today do not want to be involved with. They find it too spiritual, too uncomfortable, too out of orderliness demanded by their decorum. I’m sorry, my friends, if you want the supernatural you must first understand that the “super” comes from the Holy Spirit, but, the “natural” must come from natural man, that’s us, His body. We must be involved. We cannot always pray to the Holy Spirit; “We’ve got a problem here, Sick-um Jesus.”
After turning to God, through contacts with the Holy Spirit, we must be instructed by Him. Then we must willingly, not forcibly like with a bit and bridle, choose to obey Him. Psalm 32 continues with an important exhortation in verses 8 & 9: “I will instruct you and teach you in the way which you will go. I will counsel you with My eye upon you. Do not be as the horse or as the mule which have no understanding, whose trappings include bit and bridle to hold them in check, otherwise they will not come near you.”
The Founding Fathers were not infallible or necessarily right about everything, but they did have uncommon wisdom that I have become convinced was divinely inspired. They were right that our Republic could not last if certain basic firewalls were removed. They placed these firewalls in the Constitution to preserve it. Republicans and Democratic Administrations have both been responsible for tearing down these firewalls, and now the consequences are as predicted. Hmmmmm, they had uncommon wisdom. I wonder where they got such. Could it have been from Solomon? 2Chronicles 1:10 Give me now wisdom and knowledge, that I may go out and come in before this people: for who can judge this thy people, that is so great? 11 And God said to Solomon, Because this was in thine heart, and thou hast not asked riches, wealth, or honour, nor the life of thine enemies, neither yet hast asked long life; but hast asked wisdom and knowledge for thyself, that thou mayest judge my people, over whom I have made thee king: 12 Wisdom and knowledge is granted unto thee;
Between one third and one half of the teachings in Scripture on righteousness have to do with stewardship. If we as a nation had obeyed His simple principles of stewardship, we would not have any of the problems we are now facing. In Romans 14:17 we are told that the kingdom of God is “righteousness, peace and joy.” The only way that we will have peace and joy is by doing what is right in the sight of the Lord. The further we have departed from doing what is right in His sight, the less peace and joy we have had. Ultimately, every human problem is the result of mankind thinking we can run this world without God. Ultimately, the answer to every human problem is turning back to God. He does not just have the answers—He is the answer.
Dictatorship can come from the left or the right. We should be equally concerned about extremes from either side. As devastating as the sharp turn to the left may have been in recent years, and as much as some may think we need to turn back to the right for a time, an ultimate danger can come from overreacting and going too far to the right. To navigate safely through the storms we are entering will take the wisest and most decisive leadership we have ever had. Should martial law come, who the martial is will be critical. We need to pray for someone who is like George Washington—deeply committed to the Republic of the United States, yet who does not want the job any longer than is necessary to get us back on a solid foundation. We need one who is not committed to only an ideology or philosophy from either extreme.
Our Federal government is off its rails and quickly grinding to a halt. What caused it to jump the track needs to be understood, be it either the left or the right rail, before it is put back on the track and released again. And that track must, I say must, be headed toward the right hand of the Father. Why is that, Bro. Dick?
What happened in the 1930’s could wind up being a dress rehearsal for what we are facing now.
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