Our One Nation Under God Indivisible
We will not be shaken
Seriously, are we one nation under God, or are we busy kicking God to the curb? The truth is we neglect the moral code from which our country originates. Funny how the world works so hard to eliminate what Is, Was, and Will Be!
If one tries to erase an impact, it remains with the remembrance that marks the acts of violence and joy. Media is the amplified tool through which we grieve and celebrate. Admit it; we find it intriguing, the sounds, sites, and smells that these events create in our world. Nonetheless, God's impact is more significant, and He made that which we destroy.
Attempts to erase an ingrained connection do not take it away; perhaps this is why we love movies and superheroes. Movies take us to an unrealistic interpretation of reality, and superheroes have powerful abilities we wish to possess that would allow us to control our reality. All earthly stories and whimsical fantasies fail in comparison to the power of our God and His Omnipotence.
God could bestow great consequence. But, if it is His will to do so, and if we believe we are better than another, He humbles us reminding, He is our focus. His Spirit plants our feet, guide our steps, and allows us to knock down only to build us back up. He is the real transformer. Take God from this world, laughable, a feeble-minded plot with no chance of winning!
You can't remove what is in the hearts of men, the ultimate good that lies in all people and circumstances. Denial does not make something right; instead, it is the act of conceding in an environment that clouds the Spirit of truth.
Ultimately, people are kind and loving, and their roots of man are dependable because God is good all the time, and always He is right.
Put two people on a deserted island, and their differences will dissipate. They will battle, debate, and even separate, then slowly seek the solace of that which brings them together. The Holy Spirit is that power that bonds in all circumstances. You can try and deny it, but when it fills you, there is nothing but surrender. Everything else falls away, and we will not shake you.
Many think to themselves, "How I wish I could take regular visits to the place where God would meet me." The truth is God is everywhere without limitation. He will meet you where you are, exactly as you are. The desert is wherever you seek Him, and the living water of His word is how He feeds you. All you need to do is open yourself up to this gift and stop letting this world shut you down!
Be Strong For I am With You ~
Are we really one nation under God?
Let’s get back to the business of caring for our neighbor by spreading a little unconditional love. Help us remember we are all sinners in an imperfect shell casing, and our bullets are only damaging if not spirit-filled. Help us seek the good in all things and deflect that which is a distraction from loving with a pure heart.
A pure heart does not harm or humiliate. Are we ministering to a wound and applying a little tender love and care? Aren’t we to reach out as Jesus did, to be present if someone is in need? Aren’t we to love and treat others without malice or ill will? Do we ever know the heart of another? Is it for us to understand their nature or to like them?
It is okay to apply the wound care and then back away so God can do His perfect handiwork. We may not always understand the work God has us do. Often we may not feel right about the outcome, but we do it anyway, or at least try and try again, because this time here on earth is not for our glory, but His, and while we do not understand, we will trust in His allowances.
Why do we want so much to have a life of trusting in God and serving Him, and yet we deny Him? Sometimes our denial is all too often to the point of regular. Do we feel frustrated when we fall short of the expectations to live in the teachings of His word? Will we forgive ourselves our shortcomings and resume our attempts at being Christ-like? More importantly, will we overlook as we forgive?
We can love like that if trusting and seeking Him alone. We are His, living in the conviction that there is much work to do. Messing up is inevitable. Even those worshiping or praising still have difficulty holding to these teachings when in the “real world!”
We must know that when learning, working, and serving God, we are vulnerable to attack. There is no greater desire of Satan than to pull us away. It’s our job as a unified body to accept that he will pick, but we can encourage one another to lead back to His plan for us in any given predicament? Will we agree that people don’t want to harm us but instead help? They also need to know they can rely on that same help when in a weakened state themselves.
Isaiah 54:15-17 NIV
If anyone attacks you, it will not be my doing; whoever attacks you will surrender to you. “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, declares the Lord.”
None of us is perfect. Our flaws are evident yet purposeful. Through disillusionment, we become confused. Disjointed understanding of the whys of sin escapes us; however, seeking a Christ-like view brings clarity.
We must come to an agreement that understanding is not just a word but rather an action. Thus seeing weakness in others is better utilized as the reflector of our sins and the simple mirroring of God's grace given to us, the undeserving.
If God allows an experience, He will teach us through it, but human nature tends to apply experiential interpretation instead of correct understanding. Therefore, encourage one another to see the mercy provided. Imperfect though we are, we must love with a spirit-filled perfection.
True lovers are aware that brokenness seeks to heal, and our hearts should burst with a willingness to do His works.
Unfortunately, sins have been imprisoned within this lack of luster snow globe, acting as one nation under God. But, we are indivisible if we focus on being the body of Christ. We are here in this façade for a short time. But, one day, the globe will crack, and we will be made perfect in Him.
If you have slipped, it's okay; God is reaching down to scoop you back up. You can fail a thousand times, and He will forgive you. So try again; what do you have to lose? Ask Him in again. Ask Him to forgive you and believe in the unity of our one nation under God indivisible.
Ephesians Chapter 4:1-16 As prisoners for the Lord we are called to live a life worthy of the call received.
As prisoners for the Lord, we are called to live a life worthy of the call received.
For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in Scripture and the encouragement they provide we might have hope.
© 2012 Kathy Henderson