Posts Tagged ‘guidance’

  

In June, 1787, The Constitutional Convention was in full swing in Philadelphia. It had been called in an effort to seek solutions to problems the nation experienced under the Articles of Confederation. 

The gathering started with optimism, but after five weeks of frequent disagreements, they were almost at a full impasse. Addressing their frustration, on June 28, delegate Benjamin Franklin told the others:

  “In this situation of this assembly, groping, as it were, in the dark to find political truth, and scarce able to distinguish it when presented to us, how has it happened, sir, that we have not hitherto once thought of humbly applying to the Father of Lights to illuminate our understandings? In the beginning of the contest with Britain when we were sensible of danger, we had daily prayers in this room for the Divine Protection. Our prayers, sir, were heard, and they were graciously answered. . . And have we now forgotten that powerful Friend? or do we imagine we no longer need His assistance? I have lived, sir, a long time; and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth: that God governs in the affairs of men. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without His notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without His aid? We have been assured, sir, in the Sacred Writings that except the Lord build the House, they labor in vain that build it. I firmly believe this; and I also believe that without His concurring aid, we shall succeed in this political building no better than the builders of Babel . . . and we ourselves shall become a reproach and a byword down to future ages. I therefore beg leave to move, that henceforth prayers imploring the assistance of Heaven, and its blessings on our deliberations, be held in this Assembly every morning before we proceed to business.”

The Convention then adjourned for three days. During that time, they gathered at the Calvinist Reformed Church in Philadelphia, where the Rev. William Rogers prayed a special prayer over the Constitutional Convention and, according to George Washington, they also “hear[d] an oration on the anniversary of independence.”

  Following those three days, the Convention reconvened and experienced unexpected success! Ten weeks later they had finished the U. S. Constitution (under which America has become the longest on-going constitutional republic in the world), and the Founders were quick to acknowledge God’s help in their endeavors.

Alexander Hamilton is reported to have declared:

  
“For my own part, I sincerely esteem it a system which without the finger of God never could have been suggested and agreed upon by such a diversity of interests.”

James Madison agreed:

 
“It is impossible for the man of pious reflection not to perceive in it the finger of that Almighty Hand which has been so frequently and signally extended to our relief in the critical stages of the Revolution.”

As far as these delegates were concerned, the finger of God – that is, His Divine power – had guided their writing of the Constitution. Benjamin Franklin also believed this to be the case, explaining:

“[I] beg I may not be understood to infer that our general Convention was Divinely inspired when it formed the new federal Constitution . . . [yet] I can hardly conceive a transaction of such momentous importance to the welfare of millions now existing (and to exist in the posterity of a great nation) should be suffered to pass without being in some degree influenced, guided, and governed by that omnipotent, omnipresent, and beneficent Ruler in Whom all inferior spirits ‘live and move and have their being’ (Acts 17:28).”

Others delegates declared the same, so as we remember the call to prayer that Franklin delivered on this day, let’s also follow George Washington’s advice “to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor.”

As we head into the American Independence Day holiday time, take time to pray for America. In view of all the political wranglings and its expected backlash, join us in asking God to move on this nation and its people again! If He could do it then, He can do it again! Have a great and blessed week!

  
(Thanks to WallBuilders for the historical information. Check them out in the web!)

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“Get wisdom; develop good judgment…for [it] will protect you…and guard you.” (Proverbs‬ ‭4‬:‭5-6‬ NLT)

Today marks the 139th anniversary of the Battle of Little Big Horn. The U.S. Army was trying to herd the Lakota and Cheyenne tribes back to their reservations during the Summer of 1876. To force the large Indian gathering back, the Army dispatched three columns in coordinated fashion, one of which contained Lt. Colonel George Custer and the Seventh Cavalry.

Spotting an Indian village about fifteen miles away along the Rosebud River on June 25, Custer also found a nearby group of about forty warriors, whom he assumed were stalking him. Ignoring orders to wait, not realizing that the number of warriors in the village numbered three times his strength, nor understanding the tricky terrain he was in, Custer attacked. The result would be called “Custer’s Last Stand”, a tragic defeat, especially in light of how it could have been easily prevented by employing greater wisdom. 

When we move through life without wisdom, preventable tragedies dot our own landscape. Ask God for wisdom. Allow the Holy Spirit to direct your steps, trusting that God actually knows more than you do! Don’t create your own Last Stand! You are loved and led today! 



Oh, give thanks to the LORD! Call upon His name; Make known His deeds among the peoples!” (Psalms‬ ‭105‬:‭1‬ NKJV)

News Headlines from this past week: Iran trains to destroy American ships; North Korea prepares for war; Venezuela takes anti-American measures; Israeli-US ties fraying before UN speech… All the news services are buzzing with mankind’s struggle and intrigues being committed against one another. Doesn’t bring a reassurance concerning those in charge!

The Bible, though, tells us who is REALLY in charge and that we should be reassuring the world with that fact! While God allows us to practice our self-wills to our own peril, He cares for those that call on His name and works on their behalf. He’s there to comfort us in the middle of storms and He puts the pieces back together as He leads us to better days. 

God is greater than we give Him credit for! Even the strongest of believers needs to be reminded every now and then that God isn’t frail and isn’t in danger of becoming senile. Remind yourself and others of what a mighty God we serve! You are loved today! 

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As the sun was going down, Abram fell into a deep sleep, and a terrifying darkness came down over him.” (Genesis‬ ‭15‬:‭12‬ NLT)

According to various ancient cultures, the period of night just prior to dawn was a sacred moment. The Celts called it “the time-between-times”, where earthly and spiritual boundaries got very relaxed and greater interaction could happen between the two. My concern would be making sure it’s God and not something weird coming across for a visit!

In this text, Abram is about to receive an important revelation from God. With too much light, we’re easily distracted, thus God’s need to allow darkness to get our attention so that His illumination is the only one we see. Our role is to be disciplined in the darkness, waiting until God reveals all, not jumping for more comfortable whims.

Our God is not one that enjoys seeing us panic. But neither is He given to allowing us to disregard His plans out of our own conveniences or fears. If you know God is moving but find yourself in a dark place, then be still. It means He’s desiring your full attention because the dawn of action is coming! You are loved today! See you at church!

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Go into that village over there,” Jesus told them. “As soon as you enter it, you will see a young donkey tied there that no one has ever ridden. Untie it and bring it here.” (Mark‬ ‭11‬:‭2‬ NLT)

The Patiala Necklace was an item of rare beauty, designed by the house of Cartier in 1928 as a gift to the Maharaja Sir Bhupinder Singh. It had five rows of platinum chains adorned with 2,930 diamonds. It was encrusted with Burmese rubies among other jewels. The centerpiece was the seventh-largest diamond in the world, the famed DeBeers Diamond, a 234.6-carat yellow diamond, roughly the size of a golf ball. The necklace disappeared in 1948, only to resurface 50 years later with most all of its jewels still missing to this day.

All of us has lost something. While it may not be of the same astronomical value of the Patiala Necklace, which is around $30 million, it is still precious to us. Yet, God knows where all things are; nothing is hidden from Him. Just as He knew where a needed and available donkey could be found so He could fulfill prophecy and destiny, He also knows how to meet your needs and where to find your answers!

As you prepare spiritually to start your new week, be ready to be led by God’s hand, who knows what you need and when you need it. The missing DeBeers Diamond could be pinpointed today if He wanted to show you! Nothing is ever truly lost or missing with God! Just be willing to be led! You are loved today!

The great God was showing the king what will happen in the future. The dream is true, and its meaning is certain.” (Daniel 2:45 NLT)

We’ve all had those moments of standing at a crossroads & didn’t know how to decide. Worse than that is those times where you don’t even have choices, only a plate full of negative consequences that appear to be about to collapse your life. Wisdom to make decisions & Hope to keep the spirit from being crushed are absolutely necessary for us to live. And God knows this.

Even kings, like Nebuchadnezzar, need help, that’s why God sent him Daniel. God was revealing Himself to the king & He was teaching Daniel to step out in faith and trust that God would answer. Both men came away encouraged to know that they weren’t alone in desperate situations, but that the great God moves best when things seem most bleak!

You need this assurance in your own life. God does use people & things to assist us, but don’t look for help there. Go to God today for wisdom & hope, and then be ready for whoever or whatever God sends to provide it. You are not alone or hopeless when your trust is in our great God! You are loved today!

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