Jesus is LORD and “Breaking Prophetic News – Watch October / November 2021”

There is so much happening in the world right now, and so much going on in the news, that it can be easy to lose our center of focus. As Christians we must remember that no matter what happens that Jesus is Lord. So many people claim Him as Savior, and of course He is that and so many other things, but He is also Lord. He is our Lord, He is our Commander, in this spiritual war. But even more than that, He is the Victor! We must remember that while we are in the throes of battle, the war has already been won. Jesus is King of kings and Lord of lords and one day every knee shall bow before Him.

Psalm 91 is a favorite passage of mine and I often pray it over my home. I think we American Christians run to God for protection, and of course He is our mighty fortress and our Protector and Provider, but every now and then I have to remind myself that this life is not my own. I am a servant of the Most High as well as His child. Our time here on Earth is winding down, so let that encourage us to work while it is still day. There are still so many people out there who are deceived and lost. Let us continue to shine our light, which is the Light of Christ. Let us keep our focus ever upon Him, and await the day that we hear, “well done, good and faithful servant.”

America the Beautiful

I became emotional today when we sang America the Beautiful in our church service. I was fine in the first verse but during the second verse I was overcome in the spirit and just started weeping. I was weeping for the faith that was lost. I was weeping for the beautiful light that has been dimmed.

Mostly, I was weeping over the heavy blanket of dark deception that has enveloped this nation. As a whole, the church has taken her eyes off Jesus and became enchanted by the sparkly trinkets of the enemy. We can blame the other party; we can blame the media; we can blame Hollywood; we can blame anyone we wish-but the blame lies at the feet of the Church. It is the church who fell asleep. It is the church who became complacent. It is the church who looked the other way as the enemy infiltrated our homes, our society, and even our churches.

But there remains a remnant! There remains a people who have sharpened their focus on Jesus, who are seeking His face and His will. There remains a people who says we will not relinquish the Light; we will not give up. God remains on His throne and we will speak Truth and Life and Light into this dark world while we still have opportunity! We will not give up the fight, for the fight is the ultimate spiritual battle. We are indeed battling for the soul of this nation and, by default, the soul of the globe. The enemy will have his day, but not so long as the remnant remains. The glory of the Lord is empowering and equipping His people and we will bless his name forever more!

Below is a rendition of our National Anthem, The Star Spangled Banner. This version includes a verse which was later added by Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr. While he wrote it at the onset of the civil war, I believe the lyrics are very appropriate for today. (Added lyrics begin at 2:40)

When our land is illumined with Liberty’s smile,

If a foe from within strike a blow at her glory,

Down, down with the traitor that dares to defile

The flag of her stars and the page of her story!

By the millions unchained who our birthright have gained,

We will keep her bright blazon forever unstained!

And the Star-Spangled Banner in triumph shall wave

While the land of the free is the home of the brave.

And it is only appropriate to conclude it with Francis Scott Key’s final verse:

O thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand
Between their loved homes and the war’s desolation.
Blest with vict’ry and peace, may the Heav’n rescued land
Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation!
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto: ‘In God is our trust.’
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

And finally, we have the inspiring Battle Hymn of the Republic. While the entire song is beautiful, I find the third verse particularly notable:

He has sounded forth the trumpet that shall never call retreat;

He is sifting out the hearts of all before His judgment seat.

O be swift, my soul, to answer Him; be jubilant, my feet!

Our God is marching on.

if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.
II Chronicles 7:14

O Breath of Life-A Prayer for Today

The following hymn was written by Bessie Porter Head in 1920. Oh, how these words resonate with me and how applicable they are 100 years later!!

Oh Lord in Heaven, forgive us for our complacency and obese indulgences of worldly things. Breathe on us oh Breath of Life!

1 O Breath of life, come sweeping through us,
revive your church with life and pow’r;
O Breath of Life, come, cleanse, renew us,
and fit your church to meet this hour.

2 O Wind of God, come bend us, break us,
till humbly we confess our need;
then in your tenderness remake us,
revive, restore, for this we plead.

3 O Breath of love, come breathe within us,
renewing thought and will and heart;
come, Love of Christ, afresh to win us,
revive your church in ev’ry part.

4 O Heart of Christ, once broken for us,
’tis there we find our strength and rest;
our broken, contrite hearts now solace,
and let your waiting church be blest.

5 Revive us, Lord! Is zeal abating 
while harvest fields are vast and white?
Revive us, Lord, the world is waiting,
equip your church to spread the light.

This has been my prayer for weeks, though I did not discover this hymn til Wednesday evening.

Lord, fit Your church to meet this hour!