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Saturday, July 1, 2017

If My People!

If My People is a much-needed call to prayer for our nation and leaders during a time of unrest, political transition, and turmoil.

On March 20, 2015, at Convocation, North America's largest weekly gathering of Christian students, U.S. Congressman Trey Gowdy spoke to students about their identity and conviction.

It is my hope that you would be inspired to turn to God for His guidance and wisdom to face the challenges that life unleashes on us each and every day. Therefore, let us get into the habit of turning to God and trusting HIM no matter what.

I invite everyone who truly cares about America to take a moment to listen and reflect on this speech.

“…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 I will forgive their sin and will heal their land” (2 Chronicles 7:14 NIV).

There are numerous promises of God in Scripture. However, in each promise, God pledges that something will (or will not) be done or given or come to pass. These are not flippant, casual promises, they are rock-solid, unequivocal commitments made by God Himself.

Because God is faithful, the recipients of the divine promises can have full assurance that what God has pledged will indeed be realized (Numbers 23:19). Here are just a few of the promises that God has made:
  • God promised that if we search for Him we will find Him (Deuteronomy 4:29).
  • He is not playing hard-to-get. “Our God is near us whenever we pray to him” (Deuteronomy 4:7).
  • God promised protection for His children (Psalm 121). He was the vigilant watchman over all Israel.
  • God promised that His love will never fail (1 Chronicles 16:34). He is faithful in every way.
As God promised Israel that their sin could be forgiven, their prosperity restored, and their nation healed (2 Chronicles 7:14); so, He will do the same for us if we trust Him.

Repentance is always an excellent place to start. It opened the road to fellowship and blessing. God promised blessing for all who will delight themselves in His Word (Psalm 1:1–3).

Simple faith has its rewards. God promised salvation to all who believe in His Son (Romans 1:16–17), and promised peace when we pray (Philippians 4:6–7). His peace is protection. It will “guard your hearts and your minds in Christ.” God promised to supply our needs (Matthew 6:33; Philippians 4:19).

We are called to be His people to do His will on earth and we are given special privileges. “In biblical times, a name was more than just a personal means of identification. Names conveyed authority, character and even displayed a certain fate and/or destiny. God’s name encompassed His whole identity. It expressed His power and His omnipresence. His name clearly defined His relationship to His people.”

God says we are His people, “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light” (1Pet. 2:9). To be called by God’s Name means that we are an elect people, chosen to spread His light around us.

Today, if we were to take out only one thing out of this verse, let it be this truth: God calls us ‘My people.’ We belong to the Sovereign Lord, the same God who sent His only Son as a ransom for us. He is the same God who will come again to judge the earth.

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