In the City of God, Augustine lays forth a vision of two cities – The City of God is defined by those angels and persons who love God and The Earthly City by those rebellious angels and persons who love themselves more than God.
In a constitutional republic like the United States, the power lies in its citizens; the government derives its authority from the people.
“We the People of the United States, in order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.” U.S Constitution
THE LORD DETERMINES THE FUTURE OF A NATION
Jeremiah 18:7-10 “The instant I speak concerning a nation and concerning a kingdom, to pluck up, to pull down, and to destroy it, if that nation against whom I have spoken turns from its evil, I will relent of the disaster that I thought to bring upon it. And the instant I speak concerning a nation and concerning a kingdom, to build and to plant it, if it does evil in My sight so that it does not obey My voice, then I will relent concerning the good with which I said I would benefit it.”
Choices have consequences
John Winthrop in 1630 referred to America as “A City On A Hill.”
“For we must consider that we shall be as a city upon a hill. The eyes of all people are upon us. So that if we shall deal falsely with our God in this work we have undertaken, and so cause Him to withdraw His present help from us, we shall be made a story and a by-word through the world.”
Matthew 5:14 “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden.”
Ben Franklin “We have been assured in the sacred writings, that ‘unless 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 the Builders of Babel: We shall be divided by our little partial local interests; our projects will be confounded, and we ourselves shall become a reproach and bye word down to future ages.
FOLLOW BIBLICAL PRINCIPLES
“Blessings are on the head of the righteous … The memory of the righteous is blessed … The mouth of the righteous is a well of life … But the righteous has an everlasting foundation.” Proverbs 10:6-7,11,25
“You have loved righteousness and hated lawlessness; therefore God, Your God, has anointed You with the oil of gladness more than Your companions.” Hebrews 1:9
THE REAL BATTLE IS SPIRITUAL
Daniel 10:12-14 “Then he said to me, “Do not fear, Daniel, for from the first day that you set your heart to understand, and to humble yourself before your God, your words
were heard; and I have come because of your words. But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me twenty-one days; and behold, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, for I had been left alone there with the kings of Persia. Now I have come to make you understand what will happen to your people in the latter days, for the vision refers to many days yet to come.”
Prayer & Fasting move the Heart of God
Delays Serve a Purpose
Spiritual forces are aligned for your victory
“This is not a time to grow weary or to let down our guard. It is a time for conquest and victory. It is a time to lift up the banner of the Lord and proclaim the powerful message of the gospel of Christ Jesus. Too often we live as though spiritual victory depends on our own strength, ability and power, but that is not sufficient if we are to survive in this world, much less thrive. Yet when we are empowered with the Holy Spirit, we invade and exploit the areas of darkness and release those who are held captive.” One Nation without Law, Phil Hotsenpiller
Colossians 1:13 “He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love”
YOU NEVER STAND ALONE
OPERATE WITH DIVINE OPTIMISM