Wave On, Old Glory Wave On

July 3-4
A Nation That Honors God
Psalm 72

Because government is instituted by God as His minister for good (Rom. 13:4), it functions best when leaders honor and obey Him. Throughout Israel's history, God commended those kings who obeyed His laws and worshiped Him alone. The course of the entire nation was influenced by each king's beliefs and behavior. Since this principle is still applicable today, righteous leaders have a tremendous potential to affect their nations for good. The Lord will guide and support those who fear Him and seek His wisdom and direction for their decisions.

As important as rulers are in determining a nation's future, its citizens also play a vital role, especially in democracies where leaders arise from within the populace. An unrighteous constituency rarely elects a godly leader. Yet Christians who share their faith and raise children in God's ways can have a tremendous impact on their nation's values and, thereby, on its choice of rulers.

When both leaders and citizens value the Word of God, laws will be enacted which line up with biblical principles and commands. Every instruction in Scripture is given for our protection and benefit.

By aligning our laws with God's, justice will triumph as the helpless are protected, the guilty are punished, and the innocent are vindicated.

When comparing this ideal to your reality, you might feel discouraged. But no matter what the condition of a nation, you can make a difference in your circle of influence by living righteously in an evil culture and reaching out to share the good news of Christ with a world that has lost its way.

For more biblical teaching and resources from Dr. Charles Stanley, please visit www.intouch.org.

July 4
Fires of Rebellion or Fires of Revival?
Pastor Adrian Rogers

"Wilt Thou not revive us again: that Thy people may rejoice in Thee? Show us Thy mercy, O Lord, and grant us Thy salvation." Psalm 85:6-7

When I was a Boy Scout, a buddy and I took a seven-mile hike to earn a merit badge and decided to camp out. We pitched our tent, built a fire, cooked our dinner, and then went to sleep. The next morning we woke up, kindled another fire, fixed our breakfast, and then went out to explore the woods.

When we came back, the woods were on fire! A wind was blowing and I thought we'd never put out that fire.

Have you ever thought about the fire that came on the day of Pentecost? The Bible says there was a sound of a rushing mighty wind that spread His flame (see Acts 2:2). Let me ask you a question: Is America going to burn by the fires of rebellion or by the fires of revival?

How I pray that God will cause a mighty Pentecostal wind to sweep across America. Whether it does or not lies in the hands, hearts, minds, wills, prayers, ambitions, and aspirations of people like you and me.

Pray for America - for those who make and adjudicate the law of the land.
Pray for preachers and teachers of God's Word.
Pray for those who call themselves Christians.
Pray for the lost.
Pray 2 Chronicles 7:14.
Ask God to save.
Ask God to humble His people where we need humbling so that His glory may be known.

For more from Love Worth Finding and Pastor Adrian Rogers, please visit www.lwf.org.

Wave On, Old Glory Wave On

This is recorded by Billy Dean, The Fisk Jubilee Singers, and The Nashville Symphony. It can be found on the "This is My America, Vol. 3" album.

I like to see a man proud of the place in which he lives. I like to see a man live so that his place will be proud of him. ~Abraham Lincoln

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