Tomorrow is America’s 241st anniversary, so I felt it fitting to talk about it on this post and tie it into what I’ve been learning in my studies.
Something that has stood out over this week to me can be summed up in this verse, “Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12:2. The entirety of the Christian life is centered in Christ, but sadly sometime we lose sight of that. I lost sight earlier this week as I got caught up with preparation for AFHE 2017 Convention where some friends and I will be presenting our Books in the Young Entrepreneur section. It wasn’t until Friday the 30th The Lord revealed to me that my heart wasn’t completely humbled before Him and I was ‘Leaning on my own understanding’.
In many passages from both the Old and New Testaments, we are given example of those who kept their focus on the Lord and those who did not. In Numbers 21:4-10 the Israelites were complaining against Moses and the Lord, again. To judge these rebellious and stiff-necked people, God sent ‘Fiery Serpents’ to inflict the people. Many people died due to the snakes venom, and eventually they cried out and confessed their sin. God, in His mercy, instructed Moses to construct a bronze serpent and place it on a pole for all the camp to see. Israelites were instructed to simply look upon it to be saved from the fiery serpent’s venom.
This very story is used to demonstrate the Gospel in John 3:14-16, “And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up,that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”
I lack the time to go further into detail, how I could tell of the countless time the Disciples learned and relearned this lesson or how many Psalms King David wrote about this. I would encourage you, my readers, to search the scriptures and let the Holy Spirit show you how to fix your gaze upon God.
The sorrowful aspect of this lesson is that our nation as a whole hasn’t only taken it’s eyes off of Christ, but has nearly completely rejected him. As a Church, we must pray without ceasing that the Lord will either bring another Reformation or Judgment upon this Nation. “For the kingdom is the LORD’S And He rules over the nations.” Psalms 22:28. This Independence Day, take a moment not to just consider our Nation’s history, but also to pray for a return to Christ, the Author and Finisher of our faith!
God bless and God’s Speed!