First message of 2012
Speaker: Pastor Adams
In 1963, when prayer was removed from schools. Until then, we were a God-fearing nation. They decided against prayer in schools because of this prayer that school children were praying: “Almighty God, we acknowledge our dependence upon thee and we beg thy blessings upon us, our parents, our teachers and our country.” Those against prayer in schools said that prayer and the commandments would harm our children psychologically! However since then, the state of our nation has deteriorated and sin has escalated. Statistics prove that divorce, disease, immorality has increased.
Vidal v. Girard in 1844 ruled that America was a Christian nation! It was a crime to attack Jesus then because it was seen as an attack against our nation. How far we have come now. George Washington stood for God and for that he was protected in battles! Later in his life, an Indian chief that was one of the shooters confronted Washington, he called him the “man that couldn’t die.” Why? Because he believed in Jesus Christ. God chose this nation to glorify His name. How dare us to turn our backs on God! We are agreeing with the World by keeping our mouths closed.
14They have healed also the hurt of the daughter of my people slightly, saying, Peace, peace; when there is no peace.
v 14 – America cries peace through treaties etc but there is no peace!
16Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk therein.
v 16 – Here is the instruction to get back to where we need to be! Let us not refuse as they did in Jeremiah. We’ve got to go back God’s way! We’ve got to make some changes in our home before we can go into the hedges and the highways! Men must return to the place of leadership! People want affirmation, but affirmation is going to come from simplification! We’ve made the gray areas to wide. We’ve erased absolutes but God said let your yay be yay and your nay be nay! That’s simplification! Because man fell, there was a need for the commandments and because of man, there had to be a second set written! (Moses got mad and broke the first set!)
Preachers have become afraid to speak the truth because people may leave, persecute them! Well, we are all going to be persecuted so you may as well cry aloud and spare not! The enemy is not afraid of us until we stand up against him! v.16 – Go back to the “old paths.” We have abandoned the old paths to walk the way of the world! We must return to the way of God! Let’s simplify! Do you love God!? Then keep His commandments! We have to learn to say, “no.” The Holy Spirit warns us but we ignore Him! We don’t even seem to recognize the voice of God! We can do great things if we stay connected together and to God! Whenever you get lost, go back to the beginning!
The enemy has been trying to ruin our relationship with God since the garden. God wants it back! God was walking with Adam. They had an intimate, personal relationship! Imagine His pain when Adam hid himself from Him because he had sinned. Adam had allowed the enemy to break his relationship with God. God wants the relationship with us back! He wants the fellowship back! We hurt Him because we let the enemy cast doubt. Because of our sin, God had to send His son! He had to send his precious lamb because we listened to the enemy instead of God. We must want that relationship back. We must desire that safety back! We must repent for taking our relationship with God for granted. There’s nothing as precious as our relationship with God.
We’ve got to get back to the right path so that our homes can be in order, our community can be in order, our nation can be in order! Don’t look for a crowd when you decide to do right! Sometimes you will feel all alone, even in your own house! If you don’t read your word, you won’t get true affirmation! We need to ask God for a new heart then we won’t want to do the things that hurt him! God judges a nation while the nation exists. There are some changes in your life that will NOT take place until you first get into the right place with God! You must first return to the old paths.