Hope Notes – Nov 14, 2012 – Mandate

We just came out of our national election. This election had no mandate for our president because it was such a slim margin of victory. The country is divided, almost in half. And whenever I realize that I think, “A house divided against itself can not stand.”

Right after the results of the election this amazing spirit of fear, anger and just ugly strife hit everyone around me, on both sides, against each other.  Believers and non-believers alike. It was horrendous and extremely dark.

I knew, in my “knower”, that this was not of God. God doesn’t manifest as fear, He manifests in Faith.

So I had to get my head out of the “upset place” with the election results, and I set my mind to listen a while as I sometimes do. I listened to some great teachers, speaking on believing for our country and got back into the place I should have been with this whole thing. None of this is taking God by surprise.

So I listened for God’s voice for a few days as the news blasted screams of fear, corruption and fraud into the air. I saw on the news many, many states wanting to secede from the union. (I believe this would have happened no matter who won the election, because we are so divided). I believed this was going to be ignored or refused and would really upset some people, setting off violence.

I kept listening and laying this before the Father. And I heard for days, Civil War. Civil war with no explanation. So I , as we often do, tried to find what it meant with the things going on. But nothing “fit”.

I had no fear, God is more than able to protect His own. But I still wondered what it meant.

Then last night I was reading a book on Isaiah 9:10, and in an unrelated area it quoted some of Abraham Lincolns second inaugural address. And I saw this:

“Fondly do we hope, fervently do we pray, that this mighty scourge of war may speedily pass away. Yet, if God wills that it continue until all the wealth piled by the bondsman’s two hundred and fifty years of unrequited toil shall be sunk, and until every drop of blood drawn with the lash shall be paid by another drawn with the sword, as was said three thousand years ago, so still it must be said “the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.”

The first civil war in this country was believed to be a judgement against this nation for the sin of slavery.

That made me catch my breath, because the sin in this nation now, some 151 years later, is exponentially worse. So I thought to myself, “Ok civil war may be coming to this country…what would you have me do, Father? Should we prepare? What?”

And a scripture came to be, that I (and probably you) are very familiar with:

2 Chronicles 7:14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

And I heard:

If my people…Which are called by my name.….That’s us…the body of Christ….

Shall humble themselves, and pray... That part made me stop. I thought, “That isn’t a problem, we pray, we don’t need to humble ourselves , we do that”…..

And I suddenly got picked up by my shirttails so to speak and the next scripture came to mind:

1 Timothy 2:1-4: “Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.”

I thought about this, it was very, very hard for me to pray for those in leadership over our nation. My flesh got into bunches fast whenever I thought about it. “Dirty, rotten politicians.. I don’t want them to do good, I want them GONE….” And as my flesh got into a bunch, you know what I heard? I bet you can guess!

If my people, who are called by my name will HUMBLE THEMSELVES and pray…

Oh man, I do not like that one bit, but I must obey, if I can’t yet pray with my mouth in the right way I will pray in the spirit for all men, for kings and all who are in authority until my flesh gets it’s act together.

Once I do that, I know I can seek His face, and turn (repent) of this nation’s wicked ways, just as Daniel did for his nation.

Because the next part of the scripture is what we are believing for….

“that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence”

So that is what I pondered most of the night, digging deeper and deeper into it, letting it setup in my heart.

Today, was a bright new day, and I did my bible reading and today’s reading was in Ezekiel, and it was calling judgement against Israel and listing her sins, the very same sins we have in abundance in this nation. As each one was listed, one right after the other, I was getting sicker and sicker to my stomach. I won’t list them here, they are just too horrible.

Then, the last part of the chapter grabbed me….

Ezekiel 22:30: And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found none.

And up out of my heart I yelled, “OH YES YOU DID! I’M RIGHT HERE!! Many of us are right here!!”

I believe this elections “mandate is clear” whether we like it or not. I believe He spoke this all over the body in these recent days.

Pray for our leaders, repent for this nation, and stand in the gap!

Do not fall into strife (where there is strife there is every evil work, don’t let the devil rob your house!)

Do not fall into fear!

There was much, much more, but I was only led to share this much so as to let the Holy Spirit lead you in your time with Him.

Be blessed!

Kath

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