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8 Steps to Overcome Spiritual Drought

Everyone has experienced a time of spiritual drought, a time when we don’t feel like our prayers are reaching heaven and our passion for the things of God has become lackluster. That’s when it’s time to follow the Apostle Paul’s advice and stir ourselves up for God and for His Word. The Apostle Paul gives us key ways to do this. Let’s explore eight ways to stir up your faith and overcome spiritual drought.

 

  1. Overcome Spiritual Drought With Faith

Ephesians 2:8, NKJV, says, “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God.”

God gave you faith when you were saved. That faith gives you the assurance that God’s Word is always true, and you can trust it— despite your circumstances. When spiritual drought comes, it’s time to follow Jesus’ command to “have faith in God” (Mark 11:22) and to stir up that faith by opening His Word, lining your words up with Scripture, and praising Him for all He’s done in your life. The same God who saved you and gave you His Spirit is still working in your life. That’s something to celebrate!

 

  1. Overcome Spiritual Drought With God’s Power

Second Timothy 1:7 says, “For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power.…”

You need power to defeat the enemy and to live an abundant life in God. Thankfully, as a child of God, you have it on the inside of you because you have the Holy Spirit inside of you.

Take healing. No, you don’t have the power to heal in and of yourself, but God does. You don’t have the power to make a way where there is no way, but God does. You can’t multiply food or stop storms, but Jesus can! God gave you His Holy Spirit, so you can use His power to heal, to help and to encourage yourself and others.

Right now, begin thanking God for His Holy Spirit in your life. If necessary, spend some time studying the Holy Spirit and His work.

 

  1. Overcome Spiritual Drought With God’s Love

The Bible tells us, “God is love” (1 John 4:8), but what does that really mean? In modern times, the word love is often conditional, shallow and thrown around haphazardly. Without a deeper understanding, we can mistakenly equate this modern interpretation with our heavenly Father, but His love isn’t shallow, conditional or haphazard.

First Corinthians 13:4-7 explains the God kind of love this way: “Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.”

That’s the kind of love God has for you. Take a minute and relish in that. That’s how He loves you, and it’s the kind of love He allows you to have for others. You develop it by stirring it up as an act of faith instead of reacting to feelings or emotions. Choose, by faith, to give and receive the love of God.

  1. Overcome Spiritual Drought With Mental Clarity

Mental clarity, or as the Word calls it, a sound mind, is stirred up by feeding—thinking about, watching, listening to and reading—the right things. As you do this in light of the Word of God, your thinking will become clearer.

Philippians 4:8 says, “And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.”

God, through His Holy Spirit, will give you increased mental clarity and focus as you think about Him and His Word. Choose to receive God’s wisdom. Then, do what you believe God wants you to do. Stir up mental clarity that is in you by keeping your mind on the Word of God.

 

  1. Overcome Spiritual Drought With Your Testimony

You need to stir up that life you felt when you first accepted Jesus as your Savior. Put your eyes and thoughts on what God has done, is doing, and will continue to do for you and through you!

Second Timothy 1:8 says, “So never be ashamed to tell others about our Lord….”

The Lord wants you to share the gospel with others. This includes sharing your testimony and how having a relationship with the Lord positively affects your life on a daily basis. It doesn’t have to be a long, well-rehearsed speech. Simply live your faith openly so that others can see the difference Jesus makes. Even if someone doesn’t receive what you have to say, at least you will have given them something to think about, so keep sharing!

 

  1. Overcome Spiritual Drought With God’s Calling

Times of spiritual dryness can result from losing sight of the calling of God on your life. Paul reminded Timothy that the same God who “saved us” has also “called us to live a holy life…. because that was His plan from before the beginning of time—to show us His grace through Christ Jesus” (2 Timothy 1:9).

God hasn’t changed His call on your life. Romans 11:29 says, “For God’s gifts and his call can never be withdrawn.”

In addition to sharing Jesus with others (something every believer is called to do), He has given you specific assignments—ministries, outreaches, jobs, businesses, volunteer opportunities, even positions like that of a spouse, parent, mentor, intercessor, neighbor, etc. Whatever your calling, stir up the purpose of God inside your spirit. It’s holy, special and just for you.

 

  1. Overcome Spiritual Drought With God’s Care

Consider the good things in your life—your family, your friends, your church body—or the gifts that you’ve experienced today—being allowed to merge into heavy traffic by a kind driver, the extra time and kindness showed to you by the barista, the beautiful sunrise or sunset that met you, the favorable response you received from the IRS. All of these small and not-so-small gifts are an expression of God’s care for you.

James 1:17 says, “Whatever is good and perfect is a gift coming down to us from God our Father, who created all the lights in the heavens. He never changes or casts a shifting shadow.”

Your heavenly Father enjoys blessing you with good gifts. Sometimes those gifts are big and sometimes they are small. That’s why it’s a good practice to notice and be thankful for each one. Instead of focusing on the negative things in life—wounds, pains, sicknesses, diseases, irritations, loneliness, burnout, weariness and persecutions—focus on and watch for the gifts God continually sends your way.

 

  1. Overcome Spiritual Drought With Joy

Joy is not simply a feeling of euphoria; it’s an active part of your life in Christ. Nehemiah 8:10 says, “The joy of the Lord is your strength!”

The joy from the Lord brings strength to your body, mind, will and emotions. It comes from knowing whose you are (God’s) and reminding yourself of His love and His care for you.

Romans 15:13 says, “I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in Him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.”

As you stir up your faith, focus on the Word, and remain watchful and thankful for all God has given you, joy will come.

 

If you want to study overcoming spiritual drought in more detail, then open the book of 2 Timothy.  In it, the Apostle Paul shares these same keys to stirring yourself up. Of course, overcoming spiritual drought requires one undeniable component—you! Only you can make the decision to put these keys into practice and reap the rewards of doing so. God has already given you the tools. Now, it’s up to you to use them!

 

 

If you would like to learn more about overcoming spiritual drought, check out Kenneth Copeland’s book Stir Yourself Up: 8 Steps Out of Spiritual Drought.

Will You Dare To Take Your Place

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Will You Dare to Take Your Place?

Will You Dare to Take Your Place?

 

by Kenneth Copeland

I have a message for you today directly from the heart of God. It is a message that captures the very purpose of Calvary. And yet, it is one of the most difficult messages of all for Christian people to believe.

If you’ll dare to receive it, however, to meditate on it and to act on it, it will radically alter your life. It will take you from religion to reality.

What is this message God has given me? It is this:

            Tell My people they are everything to Me that Jesus is.

Those are the exact words that the Lord used when He spoke to me. They are powerful words, words that will send a shiver of excitement up the spiritual spine of any Christian who’s bold enough to believe them. The message they convey is not new. It is as old as the gospel itself. In fact, once you begin to understand it, you’ll see that it’s actually the very centerpiece of the gospel!

The Apostle Paul preached this very message again and again throughout the New Testament. In 2 Corinthians 5:21, for example, he put it this way: “For [God] hath made [Jesus] to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.” And he drove the point home again in Romans 8:17 by calling us “joint-heirs” with Jesus!

Although most of us are familiar with those statements that Paul made, very few of us have let the truth of them sink in. Few of us have actually believed them. We’ve uplifted Jesus. We’ve exalted Him—and rightly so! But at the same time, we’ve unwittingly belittled what He did by not allowing Him to bring us alongside Him.

We’ve insisted that we’re nothing more than “just old sinners saved by grace.” We were taught cowardice in the name of humility so we’ve adopted an attitude of false humility that has kept us groveling around in the spiritual dirt. Yet according to Ephesians 2:6, God has “raised us up together with [Jesus] and made us sit down together [giving us joint seating with Him]…” (The Amplified Bible).

That was God’s purpose at Calvary: to bring us alongside Jesus. To make us what He already was.

You see, Jesus didn’t need exalting. He was exalted before He ever came to this earth. He was already one with the Father. He didn’t need to get authority over the devil—He never lost it!

What would He have needed with a physical body? Why would He want to take on something He’d have to feed and clothe and drag around everywhere He went? What did He need with all those limitations?

He didn’t need them! He took them on for us!

He put on a physical body so that He could come to earth as a man and gain authority over sin and sickness, demons, fear, poverty and all the other curses that came when the law of death moved into the earth—and He did it. He succeeded! He mastered everything in the spirit world, everything in the world of the intellect, everything in the physical world.

Before He ascended He said, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth” (Matthew 28:18, New King James Version). Then in Mark 16:15-18, He told His disciples:

Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.

By giving us His mighty Name He gave us His authority. You and I are the reason Jesus came to earth, died and lived again. He didn’t do it for Himself. He did it so He could bring us alongside, so we could wear His Name and wield His authority on the earth. He did it so that we could stand before God and be everything to Him that Jesus is.

Now let me make a qualifying statement right here. Even though you’re everything to God that Jesus is, you need to remember that you’re not everything to the Church that Jesus is! He and He alone is Head of the Church. There are a number of folks who have tried to be head of the Church, but they’ve failed because that’s one thing we’ve not been given the authority to be.

Even so, there are two sides to that. Just as He can be the Head and we can’t, there’s something we can be that He can’t—and that’s the Body. According to 1 Corinthians 12:21, the head cannot say to the feet, I have no need of you. So although it’s true that we need Him (God only knows how much we need Him!), it’s also true that He needs us.

For most of us that’s a startling thought. In fact, it’s almost inconceivable because we’ve continually thought of ourselves as helpless nothings, unworthy, inept and, though possibly a tiny bit more righteous than unbelievers, certainly not much more.

            Listen to me. When you were born again, you weren’t half-reborn. You weren’t made half-righteous or a quarter righteous. You were made the righteousness of God in Christ! You were made a “joint-heir with Him.”

Jesus went to the cross to give you what He already possessed. He rose again so you could be re-created in His image. You are the victory of Almighty God! You are more than a conqueror in Christ Jesus. You are everything to the Father that Jesus is. John 17:23 actually says God loves you as much as He loves Jesus.

“But Brother Copeland,” you may say, “how could He?”

I don’t know! You’ll have to ask Him. I just know that’s what He said, and I believe it. By faith it’s mine! His victory is my victory because He said it was. If I don’t believe it, then He wasted His time. If I don’t believe it, then Jesus went through hell to win a victory He already had. He didn’t need that victory. I did. He won it to give it to me. The moment I believe it, that victory is mine. Until I do believe it, I don’t have any victory at all.

Once you dare to accept that fact, your life will be forever changed. You’ll no longer be satisfied to just sit around whining and wishing things were different. You’ll want to step up to the position of authority that Jesus has given you, to take your rightful place beside Him and learn to operate the way He does.

As His people, we are everything to God that Jesus is. We are His love in action.

If we’ll receive that message, if we’ll dare to believe it, if we’ll dare to put it into action—the world will never be the same again!

© 1997 – 2015 Eagle Mountain International Church Inc. Aka Kenneth Copeland Ministries. All Rights Reserved.

 

 
 

4 Wives

This is something to think about.

Once upon a time there was a rich king who had four wives.

He loved the fourth wife the most and adored her with rich robes and treated her to the finest of delicacies. He gave her nothing but the best.

He also loved the third wife very much and was always showing her off to neighboring kingdoms. however, he feared that one day she would leave him for another.

He also loved his second wife. She was his confidant and was always kind, considerate, and patient with him. Whenever the king faced a problem, he could confide in her, and she would help him get through the difficult time.

The king’s first wife was a very loyal partner and had made great contributions in maintaining his wealth and kingdom. However, he did not love the first wife. Although she loved him deeply, he hardly took notice of her!

One day, the king fell ill and he knew his time was short. He thought of his luxurious life and wondered, I now have four wives with me, but when I die, I’ll be all alone.

Thus he asked his fourth wife, “I loved you the most, endowed you with the finest clothing and showered great care over you. Now that I am dying will you follow me and keep me company?”

“No way!”, replied the forth wife and she walked away without another word. Her answer cut like a sharp knife right into his heart.

The sad king then asked the third wife, “I’ve loved you all my life. Now that I’m dying, will you follow me and keep me company?”

“No!”, replied the third wife. “Life is too good! When you die I am going to remarry!” His heart sank and turned cold.

He then asks his second wife, “I have always turned to you for help and you’ve always been there for me. When I die, will you follow me and keep me company?”

“I’m sorry, I can’t help you out this time!”, replied the second wife. “At the very most I can only walk with you to the grave.” Her answer struck him like a bolt of lightening, and the king was devastated.

Then a voice cried out, “I’ll go with you. I’ll follow you no matter where you go.”

The king looked up and there was his first wife. She was very skinny as she suffered from malnutrition and neglect. Greatly grieved, the king said, “I should have taken much better care of you when I had the chance!”

In truth we all have four wives in our lives.

Our fourth wife is our body. No matter how much time and effort we lavish in making it look good, it will leave us when we die.

Our third wife is our processions, status, and wealth. When we die it will go to others.

Our second wife is our family and friends. No matter how much they have been there for us, the farthest they can stay is up to the grave.

And our first wife is our Soul. Often neglected in pursuit of wealth, power, and pleasures of the world.

However, our Soul is the only thing that will follow us wherever we go. Cultivate, strengthen, and cherish now, for it is the only part of us that will follow us to the throne of God and continue with us throughout all eternity.

 

 

Be An Overcomer

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Be An Overcomer!  The Key to Fulfilling Your Heavenly Ministry

Be An Overcomer! The Key to Fulfilling Your Heavenly Ministry

 

by Billye Brim

What would be your reply if I asked you, “How is your life going?”

Or “How is your business doing?”

Or “How is your ministry getting along?”

You might say, “Everything is going pretty good! The kids are doing well,” or “My business income picked up a little last year.” Or you might reply, “We are building a new church facility, and we had 250 in service last week.”

You would speak to me about things in your life in terms of performance.

The success of our earthly life has everything to do with how well we are able to perform. And by “life” I’m talking about every realm—personal, family, church, community, state, nation and world. We speak of the progress of God’s purpose and plan in our generation in terms of our and others’ performance.

For most of us, our lives go along very smoothly, but we may have certain persistent obstacles or periodic detours that challenge us. And for others, their lives just seem to be one long rocky road, filled with potholes and breakdowns at every turn.

In this life on earth we are going to face challenges that hinder our productive performance. But the question I’m really asking is, how are we handling the hindrances? Have we identified their origin? Are we responding according to God’s Word when we face them?

Over recent months, the Lord has renewed my understanding of how our performance and fulfillment of God’s plan and purpose for our lives is accomplished and how hindrances are overcome.

The key is this—the authority of the believer.

The renewal of this biblical foundation to the Church couldn’t be more timely. I know in my own life and ministry, and from accounts I’m hearing from other people, we are under attack of the enemy of our soul like we have never known before. Satan and his demonic powers on every level are on the move. Actually, they are on the run because their time is short, and they are attempting to drag down everything and everyone in their path of destruction.

We know Jesus’ return to this earth is close. And the devils know it, too. By standing up and taking its rightful authority over the works of enemy, The Body of Christ will pave the way for total fulfillment of God’s purpose and plan for the earth and humanity.

We Must Be Who We Are

Our days of complacency and ignoring the Word on this subject are over. The time has come that the Church step up and be who the Word says we are and exercise the authority the Word says we have. The authority of the believer is a heavenly ministry to which we have all been called.

Pick up your Bible right now and read Ephesians 1-2:7, paying close attention to verses 17-23 in chapter 1.

That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, and what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power, which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places, far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come: And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church, which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.

Look also at chapter 2, verses 4-7:

But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) and hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: That in the ages to come he might show the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.

I have focused on these scriptures for over 40 years. But in these prophetic days, my eyes are more enlightened toward them than ever before. The Holy Ghost has awakened me to see the vital position of the authority of the believer in His end-time plan—His last-day move as we fulfill our heavenly ministry.

We are at a threshold—at the doorway to a great realm of revelation and operation in our authority. The Lord has shown me that, as Ephesians 1:20 and 2:6 so clearly reveal, the ultimate goal of the gospel is that we assume our position in Christ—risen and seated with Him at the right hand of the Father.

When the Father raised Jesus to this exalted place, He raised us and seated us there. Even when we were dead in sins, God made us alive and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus. Everything Jesus accomplished from His birth to His ascension was to lift us to that place of authority.

Before He went to the cross, He laid out all the truths of the new covenant for the disciples, and for those who would come after them. He emphasized the relationship we would have with the Father in the days ahead. In John 14:1-2 we are told that Jesus was going to prepare the place. He said to the disciples, “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me” (John 14:6).

The Body of Christ throughout the centuries has accepted these truths. But we have relegated them to life after death or after-the-Rapture status. Of course, our future holds wonderful things for us. Yet, there is a place at the right hand of the Father we are to occupy now. It is the place from which we can work with Him to perform His plans and purposes for this last hour.

It’s Time We Take Our Place

In his powerful little book The Authority of the Believer, John A. MacMillan wrote:

The elevation of His people with Him to the heavenlies has no other meaning than that they share His throne. To share a throne means without question to partake of the authority which it represents. Indeed, they have been thus elevated in the plan of God, for this very purpose, that they may even now exercise, to the extent of their spiritual apprehension, authority over the powers of the air and over the conditions which those powers have brought about on the earth and are still creating through their ceaseless manipulations of the minds and circumstances of mankind.

The time has come that we take our place and refuse to be unseated. We must stop putting up with the work of the enemy in our lives. We must stop his attempts to distract us from the purpose and plan of God on every level.

Do you believe we share the throne with Christ Jesus? Do you believe we have the right—the responsibility—to take authority over these things from our position in the heavenlies? I believe it and I’ve begun to act on it!

I have been dealing with a once very close, personal relationship that has been broken for more than 10 years. One morning last December, I took my place in the heavenlies and began to exercise authority over it. I spoke to the enemy who had contributed to the break and fueled it through the years with his harassment and lies. I commanded him to cease and desist in the Name of Jesus. That was on a Friday. I phoned that person and thought I left a voice message. As it turned out, I had dialed the wrong number. Yet, on Sunday afternoon I received a call from that person. Before the call was over, our fellowship was restored. We spent Christmas together for the first time in years! We went to church and worshiped the Lord together at Prayer Mountain. We have talked several times now, confirming our love for one another and praying together. How wonderful to have that sweet relationship restored.

My children and staff are taking their place and exercising their authority in the Name of Jesus in their families and ministry. They are even taking authority over demonic influences against their children’s academic and athletic activities. Things are changing on all fronts. As a family and ministry team, we are becoming skilled at exercising authority against the enemy’s attempts to hinder our performance of God’s plans and purposes for us.

We Are the One

God has a plan and purpose for the earth and all mankind…to show forth His glory, to bring the revival and move that will bring the greatest harvest of all time. We know it’s true. We want it! But, there is a hindering force. The enemy is so frightened that he is endeavoring with everything in his power to stop it.

We must take our place and stop his maneuvers. The enemy recognizes the authority we have and he must obey us, just as he obeyed Jesus.

The unified, glorious Church, walking in the love of Jesus, is the one force that will usher in this end-time work of the Lord. We are many gathered into one Body. We need each other and God needs us! We each must “take care of business” with what I call low-level devils in our own homes and churches, and then cooperate with the whole Body of Christ in taking our authority over principalities and powers that are wreaking havoc around the world.

God has opened doors for us to walk through in 2007—doors no man can shut. The only thing that can keep us from being in the right place at the right time is our unwillingness to take our place. I am willing and I trust you are, too! Let’s firmly plant ourselves with Jesus at the right hand of God and take our authority over the enemy. He’s depending on us to fulfill our heavenly ministry!

 

Billye Brim is president and founder of Billye Brim Ministries and Prayer Mountain in the Ozarks. For information or ministry materials write to Billye Brim Ministries, P.O. Box 40, Branson, MO 65615, call 417-336-4877 or visit her Web site at www.billyebrim.org.

© 1997 – 2015 Eagle Mountain International Church Inc. Aka Kenneth Copeland Ministries. All Rights Reserved.

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Bible Facts

This is pretty strange how it worked out this way. You should read this 

Q: What is the shortest chapter in the Bible?
A: Psalm 117 

Q: What is the longest chapter in the Bible?
A: Psalm 119  

Q: Which chapter is in the center of the Bible?
A: Psalm 118  

Facts: There are 594 chapters before Psalms 118.
There are 594 chapters after Psalms 118.
Add these numbers up and you get 1188.  

Q: What is the center verse in the Bible?
A: Psalm 118:8 

Does this verse say something significant about God’s perfect will for our lives?
The next time someone says they would like to find God’s perfect will for their lives and that they want to be in the center of His will, just send them to the center of His Word!

 Psalms 118:8 (NKJV) says “It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man.”

 Now isn’t that odd how this worked out…or was God in the center of it?

 Before sending this, I said a prayer for you.

Have you got a minute — 60 seconds for God?

All you do is simply say a small prayer for the person who sent this to you:

 “Dear Heavenly Father, bless my friend with whatever it is that You know he/she may need this day!

Let his/her life be full of Your peace, prosperity, and power as (s)he seeks to have a closer relationship with You. Blot out his/her wrongdoings and let him/her be pleasing in Your Sight. Let everlasting Grace be his/her portion. Amen.” 

Imagine sending it to 10 other people. Within hours, 10 people will have prayed for you, and you will have caused many people to pray to God for other people as well.

 

Remembering The 4th


Remembering the Fourth of July—  America’s Day of Deliverance

Remembering the Fourth of July— America’s Day of Deliverance

by David Barton

This Fourth of July America celebrates its 228th birthday! The Fourth of July is one of our most-celebrated holidays, a fact confirmed by a very elderly John Quincy Adams in a speech he delivered on July 4 in 1837, America’s 61st birthday.

John Quincy Adams properly reminded the crowd that one of the most important elements of the American movement for independence had been its spiritual underpinnings. He asked:

Why is it that, next to the birthday of the Savior of the World, our most joyous and most venerated festival occurs on this day? And why is it that thousands and tens of thousands among us year after year celebrate the birthday of the nation? Is it not that the birthday of the nation is indissolubly linked with the birthday of the Savior? That it forms a leading event in the progress of the Gospel dispensation? Is it not that the Declaration of Independence first organized the social compact on the foundation of the Redeemer’s mission upon earth? That it laid the cornerstone of human government upon the first precepts of Christianity?

The fact that there was a spiritual emphasis at the birth of the nation was confirmed by numerous others. For example, Benjamin Kent, in a letter to Samuel Adams, declared: “It is God’s doing!”

So clearly did John Adams see God’s hand in America’s independence, he even believed that to help America achieve her independence was the single reason God had created him. As he told his wife, Abigail: “The Colonies must be declared free and independent States…. When these things shall be once well finished, or in a way of being so, I shall think that I have answered the end of my creation.”

In a similar tone, John Page (later a Virginia governor) told Thomas Jefferson, “I am highly pleased with your Declaration. God preserve the United States! We know the race is not to the swift nor the battle to the strong (Ecclesiastes 9:11). Do you not think an angel rides in the whirlwind and directs this storm?”

Yet, declaring independence was only the beginning. Much sacrifice, patience and reliance on God would still be required. As signer of the declaration, Abraham Clark explained: “This seems now to be[gin] a trying season; but that indulgent Father who hath hitherto preserved us will, I trust, appear for our help, and prevent our being crushed; if otherwise, His will be done.”

Our founders knew that without God’s help—or, as they announced in the declaration itself—“a firm reliance on…divine Providence”—they would never achieve their objective.

While we celebrate our liberties this year, let us not forget that those liberties came only through great, personal sacrifice: Nine of the 56 signers of the declaration died during the war. Five were captured by the British and tortured before their death. Twelve had their homes destroyed by British troops, and three lost their sons to the enemy. Such sacrifices remind us that liberty is never free—every generation must defend it anew.

The possibility that we might forget the sacrifices necessary to preserve liberty was something which troubled our founders. This was made clear in a letter from Dr. Benjamin Rush to John Adams after witnessing the celebration surrounding America’s 35th birthday in 1811. Dr. Rush told Mr. Adams:

The 4th of July has been celebrated in Philadelphia in the manner I expected. The military men, and particularly one of them, ran away with all the glory of the day. But scarcely a word was said of the solicitude and labors and fears and sorrows and sleepless nights of the men who projected, proposed, defended, and subscribed [signed] the Declaration of Independence. Do you recollect your memorable speech upon the day on which the vote was taken? Do you recollect the pensive and awful silence which pervaded the House when we were called up, one after another, to the table of the President of Congress [John Hancock] to subscribe what was believed by many at that time to be our own death warrants?…

While we should remember the sacrifices, it is more important that we remember the proper manner to celebrate the Fourth of July. What is the proper manner? The answer was given in a letter that John Adams wrote Abigail on the day they approved the declaration. He forecast: “I am apt to believe that [this day] will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the ‘Day of Deliverance’ by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty!”

Celebrate the Fourth of July with fireworks, festivities and parades. But also celebrate it by setting aside a time to thank God for His numerous blessings upon our country.

David Barton, nationally known author and public speaker, is the founder and president of WallBuilders, a pro-family organization which seeks to educate grass-roots society to rebuild America’s constitutional, moral and religious foundations.

For more information go to www.wallbuilders.com, call 1-817-441-6044 or write to WallBuilders, P. O. Box 397, Aledo, TX 76008-0397.

 

 

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10 Ways to Remember Those Who Paid the Ultimate Price

10 Ways to Remember Those Who Paid the Ultimate Price

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  1. Fly the American flag. On Memorial Day, the U.S. flag should be displayed at half-staff until noon. In the morning, the flag should be raised momentarily to the top and then lowered to half-staff. Americans can also honor prisoners of war and those missing in action by flying the POW/MIA flag.
  2. Participate in the National Moment of Remembrance. Established by Congress in 2000, it asks that you stop what you’re doing at 3 p.m. local time, for one minute on Memorial Day, for a moment of silence.
  3. Share a photo on social media of a fallen military member in your family.
  4. Visit gravesites. Memorial Day was originally known as Decoration Day because communities honored their war dead by decorating their graves with flowers. Many Americans make special flower arrangements and deliver them, as a family, to gravesites of their loved ones and ancestors.
  5. Experience a national battlefield or veteran’s memorial. Memorial Day can also be an opportunity to visit or read about the national memorials in Washington, D.C., as well as local memorials around the country.
  6. Brush up on family and American history. Memorial Day is a favorite time for Americans to read their family history, look at old photographs and learn about their ancestors, especially those who died in the service of their nation. It’s also an occasion for reading Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address and other historic and patriotic speeches by presidents and leaders of the armed services.
  7. Watch the National Memorial Day concert on PBS. TheNational Memorial Day Concert on PBS premieres live on the Sunday evening before Memorial Day. Most stations air the concert starting at 8 p.m. EDT / 7 p.m. CDT, and many offer additional replays.
  8. Visit local veteran homes and hospitals. Many living, American veterans require long-term medical care or housing assistance, and they can often feel forgotten. The Memorial Day holiday is a great time to let them know that we appreciate their sacrifice, and the sacrifice of their families and friends lost in battle.
  9. Take action to help military families. Pray for families who have lost loved ones and for our entire military. Send your personal thanks or a thoughtful care package to active-duty troops, or those in hospitals and rehabilitation centers. Mentor a military family member looking for employment. Help severely wounded warriors and their caregivers meet practical, everyday needs or get involved with a support group for grieving families who have made the ultimate sacrifice.
  10. Go to usmemorialday.org and www.memorialdayfoundation.org. Learn more about the significance of Memorial Day and how you can honor the lives of our fallen heroes.

 

Sources:

www.usmemorialday.org

www.memorialdayfoundation.org

www.pbs.org

 

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