ADVANCE OR RETREAT?
August 2, 1998
For the last 4,000 years God's people
have suffered, been beaten up, sold as slaves, received
unfair treatment, and they are just surviving and hanging on.
The prophet Jeremiah some 2,600 years ago spoke on the
subject: Jeremiah 12:1-4
What is the plan of God? Can we know it? Yes, we can! Gods plan is laid out in the book of Judges, which is the time Israel had entered into the PROMISED LAND! Chapter one tells us what the people did once they arrived in the land. But it is in Chapter 2 that we find out the response from God:
Instead of sending judges to America, God has been sending mighty preachers, who for a short time were able to reach a generation, but as soon as that generation died out, the nation sank into moral decay again.
1734 was the beginning of the Great
Awakening under Jonathan Edwards
It was not until around 1825 that the next national preacher came, Charles G. Finney. The Civil War destroyed much of the Christian work, but it was revived again after the war by D. L. Moody, who was a national preacher from the 1870's through 1890's. followed by Billy Sunday, who preached into the 1920's.
As soon as a judge was dead in Israel,
the people corrupted themselves again - Verse 19 and the cycle started over
again with the judgment of God - v.20
The people of Israel were as blind
bats: verses 5-7
What does God expect from us?
The great men of God in America who lived before us, did not attend pitty parties, THEY ROSE ABOVE THEIR CIRCUMSTANCES AND CHANGED A NATION.
WHAT ARE YOU AND I GOING TO DO?