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Blessed Is the Nation Whose God Is the Lord
A nation's success depends upon believers in Jesus Christ who rely and act on the Word of God as explained in the Bible. When a nation looks at God as its leader, the nation will succeed. Psalm 33:12 states: "Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord. . .' We who are believers in Jesus Christ are the salt of the earth. . (Matt. 5:13). We know that salt preserves and flavors. As believers, we are the preservers of the earth (the Greek word for "earth" - ge - refers to physical land) we are the hands, the feet, the voice of Jesus Christ on the earth. And we are called by God to be conquerors and victors. (Rom. 8:37; 1 Cor. 15:57) As believers, we flavor "bland" conditions, causing them to change. Matthew 5:13 states: " . . if the salt have lost its savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men." Mark 9:50 tells us that to keep from losing our "saltness" to " ..Have salt in yourselves, and have peace with one another": to stay in God's Word and to live in forgiveness. When we abide in Jesus and Jesus' words abide in us (John 15:7), that fellowship with the Lord is having salt in ourselves. When we have peace with one another, we are maintaining that fellowship - that right relationship - with other people and God to maintain the ability to season the world around us. We are the light of the world. . " (Matt. 5:14). (The Greek word for "world" - kosmos - refers to the world's older or the world's system.) We believers have been placed on earth by God to dispel Satan's darkness which wraps the world's system. We are the salt of the physical land we stand on, but we are the light in a world of darkness. We are exhorted to pray for our nation and leaders: "For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty" (1 Tim. 2:2). Throughout the Bible we see that God has preserved nations for a remnant, a few believers who will trust in Him. Ezekiel 22:30 states that the Word of the Lord came saying: '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." In that instance, the Lord found no one. But today He can find believers who will stand in the gap and pray for the nation that it will not be destroyed. We in America have such problems as pornography, child abuse, and sexual permissiveness due to the cause of the disease that lies behind these symptoms: as a whole, we as a nation have stopped relying upon the principles in the Bible. But in spite of our problems in America, we still exist as the strong nation we are today, because the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ has a remnant which refuses to lose its savoir. America is not a great nation because its people as a whole pray. America is great because of the salt within the nation, the remnant of the people who know the Lord God. The Bible does not say that if the whole nation prays, God will heal the land; it says: "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 forgive their sin, and will heal their land" (2 Chron. 7:14). Satan (referred to as "the god of this world" in 2 Cor. 4:4) has dominion and some authority as the ruler of this earth. He is the one behind the problems in our nation today. But when Jesus after being crucified rose from the dead, He gave us authority over Satan's power, and the Bible contains much instruction in how to use that power. Jesus said, " * ..I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it" (Matt. 16:18). He also said, "occupy till I come (Luke 19:13).
Occupy," a Greek military term, means to take over the land and keep it. We believers are in enemy territory. We are to take the land from the enemy, Satan; set up camp; occupy until the Lord Jesus comes and not be trodden under foot! We are to put Satan under our feet. (Luke 10:19.) We also know that Satan's days are numbered, because the Bible shows us that Jesus Christ will rule and reign in the end and Satan will be imprisoned. (Rev. 19:11-16; 20:1-3.) The Bible says in Ephesians 3:10 that God is manifesting to the principalities and powers in the heavenly places, through the Church, His manifold wisdom. We the Church are here to show the earth - the demons, Satan - God's manifold wisdom. In the midst of a world that is crumbling, filled with problems, that knows war, we can stay together; we can bring peace to our nation. In the midst of it all, we can bring individual peace, because we are the salt of the earth. In this book, we will study the instructions the Bible gives us in praying for a good and prosperous nation. Through hearing God's Word and through prayer, we can make the difference