Righteousness that Guards the Land


“ I looked for someone who might rebuild the wall of righteousness that guards the land.”
I watched for someone to stand in the gap in the wall so I wouldn’t have to destroy the land; but I found no one.” Ezekiel 22:30

During the time of Judah’s Babylonian captivity, the people continued to rebel against God and their sins increased, to the point they were beyond repair. There was no one interceding on their behalf, no one cared.

What struct me as I was reading in the book of Ezekiel was the phrase,
“ I looked for someone who might rebuild the wall of righteousness that guards the land.”

Great cities and nations have relied on a structure surrounding them that would protect them from invasion and harm that would destroy their land. And when the wall became vulnerable, they would send men to repair. But we are not looking at a physical structure here, but a spiritual realm of protection – called righteousness which is our stronghold and defense against not a fleshy adversary, but rather a spiritual one.

Notice the scriptures speaks of not building, but “rebuilding” or a rebirthing process. When a nation rebels against God and His righteousness, they lose His defense. In His sovereignty, and with His mercy and grace, He chooses one to repair the breeched wall  by our prayers. It isn’t a foreign adversary that threatens our way of life and peace, but the enemy within, the rebellious one, who prevents God’s restoration from taking place. 

God has chosen an instrument as a result of prayer. As His instrument, God’s servant is restoring our way of law and order, justice and truth, and restoring opportunity for our nation to become, “one” under God again;  restoring the Judeo-Christian roots. In order for the rebuilding to take place, we call upon His Name – the Host of Heaven, the Lord of Heavens Armies. For apart from Him ( our Lord and Savior) we can do nothing.

“See, it is I who created the blacksmith who fans the coals into flame and forges a weapon fit for its work. And it is I who have created the destroyer to wreak havoc; no weapon forged against you will prevail, and you will refute every tongue that accuses you. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and this is their vindication from me,”
Isaiah 53: 16-17

 There is no condemnation for those who have faith in Christ Jesus. Who is the enemy coming against God’s righteousness? And what in heaven is taking place?

For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” Ephesians 6:12 

It seems God’s Word has been hidden for many generations. Therefore, the wall that would protect our children can only be restored when they are taught His law and His Word flows unobstructed,  revealed again.

God reveals our sins, as we pray for our enemies and put away the accusing finger. Then,  by faith not in our righteousness but His, the moment we believe and confess our trust in Him, He intervenes, stands in the gap, and places underfoot our enemies, while we proclaim His Name.
(2 Chronicles 7:14, Isaiah 58)

And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us.”

And from the cross, Jesus prayed, “Father forgive them for they know not what they do.”

“But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven.”
Matthew 5:44-45

 God reveals our iniquities while we intercede for our nation. As we pray for our nation, we pray for our enemies, Why? Because, in doing so, we invite the God of our salvation to pour out His Spirit upon all flesh and then, revival comes through His mercy and grace and heals our land.

” And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us.”

Therefore, Who is He that stands in the gap between God’s wrath and us? The Lord Jesus Christ, our only mediator, and defense, Who makes us righteous through faith in His salvation, alone?  It is the Lord, at the right hand of the Father, interceding for believers who have come to faith.  

“I sought for the greatness and genius of America in her commodious harbors and her ample rivers—and it was not there. . . . . in her fertile fields and boundless forests—and it was not there. . . . .in her rich mines and her vast world commerce—and it was not there. . . . in her democratic Congress and her matchless Constitution—and it was not there.  Not until I went into the churches of America and heard her pulpits flame with righteousness did I understand the secret of her genius and power.  America is great because she is good, and if America ever ceases to be good, she will cease to be great.”
Alexis de Tocqueville 1838

“I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.  This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.  For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all people.”
1 Timothy 2: 1-6

 

 

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Whose Behind Stealing the Vote?


“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” Ephesians 6:12

When I watched how the set-up to steal the votes and the voice of the people during this presidential election, appeared unfolding before my very eyes, I became fearful and discouraged, and there was an atmosphere of defeat, a foreboding spirit, circling my head.

I pondered, how was it possible, after so many prayers, intercession, witnessing the weapons of the enemy demolished, time and time, again ( The Russian Collusion hoax, Ukraine scandal, the media’s suppressing the truth, etc., etc., etc.)  that in the midst of real victory,  we would see the enemy win at the end?

Then I realized, what was happening- I was allowing the weapon of discouragement to cloud my vision, to get in the way, instead, of the illumination of God’s Word and faithfulness and what His Word had to say.   

“For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.” 2 Timothy 1:7

I have studied God’s Word and in every example, when the believer confronted the enemy, he was either few in number,  or without shield, standing alone in his/her faith.

And what about the weapon that crushed the giant’s boasting and confident head? It was not the accuracy and power of David’s aim, nor the stone, but His weapon was his assurance in God’s faithfulness and Word, instead!

“David said to the Philistine, “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the LORD Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied.” 1 Samuel 17: 45

Our President has been in a spiritual warfare, for the duration of his presidency, but through prayer, and not by anything else, we’ve witnessed the strategies, demolish. And time and time again during this battle for our nation’s restoration, I’ve prayed God’s Word again and again:

“See, it is I who created the blacksmith who fans the coals into flame
and forges a weapon fit for its work .And it is I who have created the destroyer to wreak havoc; no weapon forged against you will prevail, and you will refute every tongue that accuses you. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and this is their vindication from me,” I, the LORD, have spoken! Isaiah 54:16-17

So now, the weapons of the enemy in suppressing the truth and changing the rules of our election, will they succeed? No, indeed! Not if we pray.

For the Lord always manifests Himself in the hour of darkness, whereby, there is no other defense but His Truth. And the Truth is, that He is Lord and Sovereign over all the earth and all the nations, and through only by His WORD and faith in His victory, not our own, can we see He’s still on the throne, and He will bring glory to Himself.

“And now, Father, glorify me in your presence with the glory I had with you before the world began.”  John 17:5

“The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.  We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” 2 Corinthians 10: 4-5

Jesus said we were to pray for our enemies. Why? Because we once were God’s enemy when we were deceived and did not know the truth. But through repentance, belief in the sacrifice of our Savior Jesus Christ, we have passed from darkness to light, and from death to life.

“The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.” 2 Peter 3:9

So who is our real enemy?

“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” Ephesians 6:12

And Jesus said, “Forgive them, for they know not what they do,”.

The enemy deceives his victims by suppressing the truth.  They believe they can hold onto a power given to them in this world, but don’t know it is the enemy’s way of destroying them and everyone else. 

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile”. Romans 1:26

So our weapon is prayer and intercession; for all who are deceived, to ask that they receive the truth and conviction concerning Jesus Christ, while as believers, we resist the temptation to give into Satan’s accusations and point his finger. By praying for those who are flesh and blood, we bring God’s judgment upon the real enemy’s head and destroy his plans.  Isaiah 54:9-14

So where is Our victory? It is won in Christ Jesus. Looking only to Him, Who is the author and perfecter of our faith.

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28

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Looking Through the Eyes of Grace


“Love hardly notices when someone does something wrong.” (1 Corinthians 13:5)

When I glanced at my great grand-daughter’s face, her sunglasses was a wonderful reminder of how I once felt as a child.  I immediately saw the contrast, the thought came across to me of God’s love; how love is blind or shaded from seeing the faults in others, while the focus is on what only God sees. And children have this ability more than adults, they seldom hold a grudge, are quick to forgive, and accept you with all your wrinkles and gray hair.

The Apostle Paul, knowing more than anyone else, how God’s unsurmountable grace and love covered his sins of blasphemy, violence and persecution, said he was shown God’s mercy and grace, because he was ignorant and did not see to believe.
(1 Timothy 1:12-14)

I remember the day as a child, I sat seated, quietly, listening as my Sunday School teacher told the story of how Jesus Christ died for me on the cross. Then, the class was invited to pray, quietly and privately the prayer of repentance and faith. I prayed that prayer because I believed. And the day I received God’s Holy Spirit, I knew God’s acceptance, as I wrapped my arms around my body not wanting the sheer reality of it all, to go away.

My attitude towards people began to change. God loved them and I loved them too. I simply could not judge, and could see no flaw, no wrong in anyone, only God’s love. It made it possible to forgive, and not hold any grudges, even in the times I was misunderstood and ridiculed for my faith. But just as childhood transforms us into adulthood, so did my vision of love begin to darken and fade.

It makes sense, then, when you receive God’s unconditional love, how you can love others without judgment. It doesn’t mean you condone sin or wrongdoing, it just means you become more resistant or immune, personally,  to the offenses.  Your focus is more on a person’s need for Christ, and the the desire to share the same love you received when you believed, like how:

Jesus prayed to the Father,  “Forgive them, for they know not what they do”, as the soldiers ravaged his body and mockers hurled accusations at Him.

Stephen, while he was stoned for confessing the truth, fell on his knees and cried out, Lord do not hold this sin against them.”  (Acts 7:59-60)

The thief on the cross who recognized his sin and saw His Savior, was able to say,
“We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong,” Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom”.
And with that confession, the thief was able to hear Jesus say:
“Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in Paradise.” Luke 23:41-43

How were they able to see past personal hurt and pain?

I believe, the closer we come to looking into the face of His Word, the more our eyes can see beyond our own limited perspective.
I believe it is when we comprehend how it cost us nothing, but cost God everything to give us His beloved Son, we begin to see Jesus’ love for everyone.

“But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”
Ephesians 2: 4-10

Definition of Love: 1 Corinthians 13

PRAYER: “And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love,  may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ,  and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.” Ephesians 3:17-19

Song: Lord, Open the eyes of my heart Lord, I want to see Jesus.

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