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Israel has been a study in how faith and devotion can affect the standing of a nation.  As one studies the history of God’s people, they see as the nation served God, they grew and prospered; and as they pulled away, they weakened and were compromised. In Joshua’s leadership, the Israelites completely claimed their promise in 5 years. In the time of the Judges, they grew insolent and lost all the things that made them great. Saul struggled, David thrived, Solomon enjoyed peace. Then as Solomon became more independent, the attitude changed. His Son divided the nation and the remnants slowly walked away from God and lost their freedom.

In current culture, America is seeing similarities that are both real and frightening. We started out as a nation of freedom and national pride that desired to worship God freely and speak openly. As the nation grew, we sent more missionaries across the globe than had ever been sent before. As we prospered, however, we–like those before, became more self-sufficient and less God dependent. As that has occurred, America has lost God’s blessing and protection.

As people of faith, we need to take our nation back to God and restore him as the one our currency so aptly reminds us, in whom we trust! If we fail to return to the God of our fathers, we are doomed to join those nations that have rise and fallen simultaneous to their faith in God! Please, Father, bring revival to our nation, and bring it now!

God Bless You

May God be gracious to us and bless us
    and make his face shine on us—[b]
so that your ways may be known on earth,
    your salvation among all nations.

May the peoples praise you, God;
    may all the peoples praise you.
May the nations be glad and sing for joy,
    for you rule the peoples with equity
    and guide the nations of the earth.
May the peoples praise you, God;
    may all the peoples praise you.

The land yields its harvest;
    God, our God, blesses us.
May God bless us still,
    so that all the ends of the earth will fear him.