Hi beloved friends,
We ended the first part of this topic on a note of decision making. A decision to be the people of the Lord in our various geographical locations(nations); a people He can call His own and on their behalf rise to establish His righteousness on earth in whichever way He wishes to the praise of His Glory!
I’d love us to examine the notion we have, I have, that God has a specific Will for our nation(s) or that the nation is to fulfil a divine mandate whereby it is termed God’s own country. Is there anything of such? If there is, why then do we have many dangerous hiccups in the government? If there is not, how can God show indeed his sovereign rule over these nations and governments? Some of the questions I asked God specifically were what He is concerned about:Nations or the People? Are nations going to be redeemed also? When we cry out for mercy for our land, does it have anything to do with the geographical location or the people? I got to understand from my quest that God’s concern is first for a people and not necessarily geographical location.
Then, my next question was to ask:What about Israel? The people as well as the nation as a geographical location have been a fortified people and settlement from generation to generation, how can this be explained?
I came to understand that though Israel is also a geographical location, it was first a people and the Lord promised the people He was going to establish them on a land that will be theirs.
I will give you millions of descendants who will form many nations! Kings shall be among your descendants! 7-8 And I will continue this agreement between us generation after generation, forever, for it shall be between me and your children as well. It is a contract that I shall be your God and the God of your posterity. And I will give all this land of Canaan to you and them, forever. And I will be your God.
It is a people that make up the land. As long as Israel is God’s people and His blessing rests on them, the same blessing flows to their geographical location. So, Israel as a land is blessed because it is occupied by a blessed people. The same goes to a cursed land if it is occupied by a cursed people.
Overtime, sin has taken the seat of governance. God and His values have been pushed aside in every stage of human relations and sphere of life on earth starting with the home to schools, offices, relationships, and we no longer acknowledge God. When this happens, the devil takes leadership. Exactly what happened in Eden and birthed a world of first class beastly humans! Humans who can kill in the name of what they believe in, to satisfy their anger, cheat another, take things for themselves by force, homosexuals, fornicators, bitter people, people without natural affection for another, people of strife and seditions, and many atrocities.
Claiming themselves to be wise without God, they became utter fools instead. 23 And then, instead of worshiping the glorious, ever-living God, they took wood and stone and made idols for themselves, carving them to look like mere birds and animals and snakes and punymen.
24 So God let them go ahead into every sort of sex sin, and do whatever they wanted to—yes, vile and sinful things with each other’s bodies. 25 Instead of believing what they knew was the truth about God, they deliberately chose to believe lies. So they prayed to the things God made, but wouldn’t obey the blessed God who made these things.
26 That is why God let go of them and let them do all these evil things, so that even their women turned against God’s natural plan for them and indulged in sex sin with each other. 27 And the men, instead of having normal sex relationships with women, burned with lust for each other, men doing shameful things with other men and, as a result, getting paid within their own souls with the penalty they so richly deserved.(Read also28-32).
The Lord desires that His Voice is heard in every nation and government. He has not said any of his own should not be in any political position or occupy any seat of government neither has he said that they cannot established his authority and righteousness without occupying government positions. We have examples in the Bible:Elijah, Elisha, Moses, Joseph, Esther, Daniel, John the Beloved(he was the one who spoke for Peter so that he could enter the high priest’s courtyard where Jesus was taken to), even our Lord Jesus. He didn’t occupy any government office yet declared God’s mind with power. What He desires is wherever we are, whatever we do, we are to give Eternal Life.
Looking at Bible stories, there is always a priest or prophet in every reign to chart a divine course, reveal the mind of God to the people, be a covering both for the King and the people/land. Any king/kingdom who tried to be on its own or tried to take the place of God always met its waterloo. Negative cases like Saul and Samuel; Uzziah and Azzariah(2Chr 26); Nebuchadnezzar; Pharaoh and Moses; Herod(who was eaten up by worm while he spoke), and many others. Positive cases like Jehoshaphat and Jahaziel(2Chr 20); Naaman and Elisha(2Kings 5); Pharaoh and Joseph, and many others.
Today, in this generation and for the generations to come, the Lord has a people he has called out from every race, tongue, tribe, kindred, people unto Himself and for Himself. These people are his purchased possession and He called them The Church-the Body of Christ.
And because of what Christ did, all you others too, who heard the Good News about how to be saved, and trusted Christ, were marked as belonging to Christ by the Holy Spirit, who long ago had been promised to all of us Christians.14 His presence within us is God’s guarantee that he really will give us all that he promised; and the Spirit’s seal upon us means that God has already purchased us and that he guarantees to bring us to himself. This is just one more reason for us to praise our glorious God.
Through the Church, the Will of the Lord will be done in every nation. His ultimate purpose cannot be thwarted. His desire is that the earth(every people) will be filled with the knowledge of His Glory as the waters cover the sea.
2 Corinthians 5:20
We are Christ’s ambassadors. God is using us to speak to you: we beg you, as though Christ himself were here pleading with you, receive the love he offers you—be reconciled to God.
God will rise up to the mandate upon His Church in every nation and hear their cry whenever a geographical location or its government tries to hamper that in them. The same way He can choose to discipline them(His people) through the constituted authorities.
About our nations being God’s own country, or fulfilling a divine mandate, this present heaven and earth(nations-geographical/physical location, tribe, race, etc) will be rolled away. Only the Church, the Israel of the Lord(spiritual Israel, not Jews by biological blood or physical location will remain because they are of Him. Anything not found in Him will be wiped off.
The call to us at this time is to be the ambassador’s we are called to be. Let nothing separate us from the love of Christ. Though the storm rages, the furnace is heated seven times, persecutions increase, hardship, famine, dearth, technology increases, let’s remain faithful in our devotion unto the Lord and His Kingdom. He has created us in His image and set us as gods and Light in every sphere of influence we occupy on the face of the earth. Let’s therefore STAND and establish His Authority and RIGHTEOUSNESS upon the face of the earth.