1,000 reasons why it shouldn’t
By Kim Swindell Wood | June 24, 2019 12:05 pm
Last Updated: June 24, 2019 at 7:35 am
By Steve Qualls – Christpoint Church
The great anniversary festival we know as the 4th of July is quickly approaching. Another year and a thousand reasons to celebrate. But I wonder how many of our great Americans stop to think about all the reasons why we shouldn’t be a nation?
In the infancy of our nation, success and failure teetered on the scales of leadership. General George Washington was reported to be often found in tents, tree groves, and meetings praying for God’s divine guidance and protection. When outnumbered, trapped, and facing certain death, God brought the winds that kept the enemy ships from blocking the only escape route across the river from Long Island, New York. However God calmed those same winds long enough for Washington and 8,000 soldiers to escape under the cover of darkness. He even sent a dense fog at daybreak to lengthen their efforts, and when the fog lifted, every man was safely across the river.
The loss of Washington at any time would have spelled disaster for our young nation. “Stand down” orders were unexplainably given, allowing his escape or retreat. Sharpshooters couldn’t pull the trigger with the general dead in their sights. In a letter to his brother, our great general noted four bullet holes in his coat and two horses shot out from under him, yet he was untouched.
As leader Washington led from a place of worship, one of his early orders was for every available officer and soldier “to attend Divine Services to implore blessings of heaven upon the means used for their safety and defense.” Every place the soles of their feet tread was already prayed over and given to them by God.
There are so many reasons our country should have never been but one great reason why it is and that is God’s divine appointment. Scripture tells us that he is the same yesterday, today, and forever. And as we approach our nation’s birthday, we can know that God is the one who gives and provides, but it’s our job to tread and possess. There are always forces that don’t want to give up territory, and kings that need defeating.
In the Old Testament book of Joshua, the nation of Israel faced their own infant beginnings in a new land. Chapter 1 and verse 3 gives a snapshot of God’s conversation with Joshua, the new leader. He assured them that every place their feet tread upon was theirs. However, kings don’t give up territory very easily. For every ounce of land taken, a king loses power, and kings don’t like that. God told Joshua that all belonged to him as far as the going down of the sun. I think we should catch this. For us today, God is offering all that the sun shines upon. The truth is it’s ours from God. The catch is the kings that own it won’t give it up easily. If we’re going to step into new areas, then we will always have a king that doesn’t want us there. But it comes with a price. We have to take it. We have kings to defeat to get to where our souls are anointed and our ownership is possessed.
What kings are you facing today? They may not be wearing a robe and crown and seated on a throne. They may look more like negativity, insecurities, low self-worth, jealousy, and even spiritual blindness. They may look like unsaved loved ones, unpaid debt, broken homes, and troubled marriages. Every step forward comes with an enemy king that must be defeated.
The King of England wrote in his journal on July 4, 1776, “nothing of importance happened today.” He had no idea he was defeated. He had no idea a general an ocean away started his morning off in prayer that same day. He had no idea God had given America every place the soles of their feet were treading. He was oblivious that God would ordain victory after victory against his greatest threats. Washington moved his prayers into the light to save his country, and we should do the same to save our families.
Come and visit with us at Christpoint Church this Sunday, and we will celebrate Jesus. We’re on the square in Sparta. Traditional service is at 8 a.m. and progressive services at 9:15 a.m. and 11 a.m. We’re real people, living real lives, serving a real God. Welcome home.