Wednesday, May 12, 2010

God's Favor is Leaving This Land

By Ray Gano

It would seem that we would get the hint.

I mean look around at what is going on here in the US.

* High Unemployment
* Cost of food going up
* Gas going up
* Huge oil leak in the gulf which will devastate the people living on the gulf
* Floods in Nashville
* Tornados in the south
* And just this morning, elderly Christians told that they cannot pray / give thanks for the food they receive in a senior home.

And the list goes on…

I got the following note a few days ago…

I keep thinking that we will return to some kind of 'sensible' but the longer I live the more insane things seem to be getting, not just in the political world but in everything. I see posts on FB that make me just wanna throw up! Sometime I respond to folks I know but mostly I just shake my head and ask what's the use.....I have never felt so at a loss. So many people are so CLUELESS! Frankly I just wanna cry. I feel like I've just lived too long.

To say it plainly, God's favor is leaving this land.

Like the children of Israel, the people wanted a king. Fast forward to today and we are in the same situation. The people wanted change, well they got it.

We now have a man occupying the seat of a president. He doesn’t even pretend to be a God fearing man, which in one case that is good. But his decisions are effecting this nation; and this nation is paying the price.

Looking out upon the horizon, we can clearly see that this is just the beginning and the effects will last for years to come.

This last week many Christians met with their government officials and held a day of prayer. A day which has been deemed against the law based upon separation of church and state. But the people still prayed.

My honest fear though is that it is too late for this nation, our course has been set; what it take to turn this mighty ship around, well I just don’t see the people there who are needed.

Can God turn this nation?

Yes He can, but based upon scripture, we a people have turned our backs upon Him. Because of that act, God being a fair and just Lord must act.

Human greed has permeated even the churches where the dollar is praised over our God.

Corporate greed is such that people are being kicked out of their own homes, homes which they have paid for, but because the banks made mistakes, the land is seized and the families kicked out on to the street.

Sin is paraded around, all the while we shake our fists at God and spit in His Face.

* Drug use… up
* Alcohol consumption… up
* Prostitution… up
* Violence … up
* Crime … up

What we are witnessing is an empire in the final throws of decline. That empire was once a Christian nation whose foundations were that of Jehovah God and His Word, the Bible.

But we have strayed so far off the path, that it is virtually impossible for us to find our way back. The only way to go is forward and sleep in the bed that we have made for ourselves.

It is trials, tribulation and persecution that purifies the church.

I hate to be like the prophet Jeremiah, but that is where we are headed and there is no turning this ship around.

Our leaders and kings who we appointed will make sure that does not happen.

When we allow the lesser of two evils, we still reap evil, In this case it was not the lesser but the greater.

We now have a leader who is leading this nation to be cursed of God.

Genesis 12:3 (KJV) And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.

He is standing against Israel, the apple of God's eye. Because of that, our land is suffering and losing God's favor.

I am not a prophet nor the son of a prophet, but it does not take a prophet to realize that this nation is headed towards the ravenous storm.

There are those out there looking for God to rapture us out, problem is that much of this is our own doing and we as Christians allowed it to happen.

Will God rapture His church because we are living in the last days? Yes He will.

Will He rapture us out because we have made poor choices and been horrible stewards over what He has given us stewardship over? No He will not.

Scripture says…

Mat 25:26-30(KJV) His lord answered and said unto him, Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strawed:

27 Thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the exchangers, and then at my coming I should have received mine own with usury.

28 Take therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him which hath ten talents.

29 For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath.

30 And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

Folks, there are times that I feel like I should be walking around with a placard saying "The End Is Near."

I have a heavy burden and a message that people do not want to hear. Instead everyone wants to learn about "Their Best Life Now" with sugar on top.

I wish that I could preach that, but my heart cries for the church and for this nation.

Like I have said, I do not claim to be a prophet, but I am a watchman standing upon the wall looking out towards the horizon.

What I see are hard times coming for this nation and her people. Now more than ever we need to ground ourselves in God's Word and root ourselves in with other solid bible believing Christians.

The storm is headed our way and like the hurricanes of the past, this one will reek havoc. It is those who are well anchored to the Rock who will weather the storm. It is those who like me have had the foresight to prepare his family, to "batten down the hatches" and store up for tomorrow.

I am one who stands upon the imminent return of The Lord and in fact he may come this next moment, but He may also tarry another 20+ years, we do not know.

What we need to do though is be the good steward and occupy till He returns.

The time is now to build your ark so that you and those you love can weather the coming storm.

I stand upon the wall and look out and what do I see?

The darkness that is upon this nation and it is only going to get darker.

I leave you with the following scriptures…

Ezekiel 3:17-21(KJV) Son of man, I have made thee a watchman unto the house of Israel: therefore hear the word at my mouth, and give them warning from me.

18 When I say unto the wicked, Thou shalt surely die; and thou givest him not warning, nor speakest to warn the wicked from his wicked way, to save his life; the same wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at thine hand.

19 Yet if thou warn the wicked, and he turn not from his wickedness, nor from his wicked way, he shall die in his iniquity; but thou hast delivered thy soul.

20 Again, When a righteous man doth turn from his righteousness, and commit iniquity, and I lay a stumblingblock before him, he shall die: because thou hast not given him warning, he shall die in his sin, and his righteousness which he hath done shall not be remembered; but his blood will I require at thine hand.

21 Nevertheless if thou warn the righteous man, that the righteous sin not, and he doth not sin, he shall surely live, because he is warned; also thou hast delivered thy soul.