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DAILY DEVOTIONAL MONDAY NOVEMBER 1, 2004
(Ezekiel 3:17, 33:6)
***A CALL TO PRAYER! In 2000, Liveprayer mobilized over 1.5 million people
to pray for the elections and that God would allow to rise to power men and
women who would follow His heart. Over 3 million prayed and fasted 40 days
for our nation and its leaders earlier this year. I am calling on everyone
who is part of the Liveprayer family to pray and fast as led today that God
will bring men and women into office who will uphold
Biblical standards as they lead our nation. May we repent of our gross
wickedness, turn from our sins, and once again turn back to God before He
completely removes His hand of blessing from our land and we suffer His
***SPECIAL ELECTION DEVOTIONAL! Do not miss the Daily Devotional on
Tuesday which will be a special "word" for our nation!!!
Leadership, political versus spiritual. Last year, California got a new
governor, Governor Arnold. Many people in that great state are hoping that
Gov. Schwarzenegger will prove be a better leader than Gov. Davis. While I
that Gov. Schwarzenegger will do a good job for the people in the state of
California, I want to use this time today to help you understand the
difference between political leaders and spiritual leaders.
Let me make two statements to set the tone for this Devotional today.
First, if you are looking to political leaders for spiritual leadership, you
are doomed. Second, the problems that we have in our nation today, are
spiritual problems and the result of a void of spiritual leadership.
In the Old Testament, there were the political leaders, the kings, and the
spiritual leaders, the priests. These were two very separate offices with
two very separate roles to play. The king was the political leader of the
people, analogous in our society to the President. The priest was the
spiritual leader of the people, which would be the same as the pastor of a
local church. God clearly established these as two separate offices. The
governing of a nation and the shepherding of the spiritual lives of people
are two separate and distinct roles.
***THE ONLY ONE GOD CALLED TO BE BOTH PRIEST AND KING WAS JESUS CHRIST!!!
For some reason, many people in our nation look to our politicians for
spiritual leadership. These men and women are NOT in office to provide
spiritual leadership to the nation, but are there to govern our nation. It
is a great blessing to have political leaders that have a personal
relationship with Jesus Christ and try to live their lives in accordance
with God's Word, but we can never expect them to be spiritual leaders, that
is NOT their role.
Let me say something that is going to make some people angry, but it is a
critical point that you MUST understand. George W. Bush, our current
President, is NOT the spiritual leader of this nation. I know from personal
contact that President Bush has a very real and vibrant personal
relationship with Jesus Christ, but he is the political leader of our
nation, NOT our spiritual leader.
<Let me note that there are times when God WILL call upon a political leader
to take a spiritual leadership role on certain issues, especially when the
spiritual leaders have failed.>
The role of spiritual leadership is one that God has given to those men and
women He has called into His service. I want to tell you today that the
problems we have in this nation today are NOT the fault of the political
leaders, but are the fault of the spiritual leaders. The void of spiritual
leadership in this nation is directly responsible for the state of the
culture and society that we are living in today.
Today's spiritual leaders hide behind the four walls of their churches where
it is safe, and they preach their message to the choir through the Christian
media where it is profitable. There is now a large percentage of two full
generations in our nation that have never been to church. The fastest
growing religious movements in this nation today are the cults and false
religions of the world because they are bold enough to take their lies that
are straight from the pits of hell, directly to the people the church
ignores. Every day, more and more people are dying and going to hell, and
God is going to hold accountable those He has called into spiritual
I love you and care about you so much. We are at a critical time in our
nation. There are more churches, more ministries, and more resources than
ever before. The paradox is at the same time we have more people living
their lives void of God and a society operating in total rebellion to God's
Word. The blame has to fall squarely on those God has called into spiritual
leadership. Contrary to popular belief, this is no longer a Christian
nation. 50 years ago it was assumed most people were Christians. That is
no longer the case.
***We have got to understand that this is a war my friend, a war for the
eternal souls of people. You simply can't open the doors of the church on
Sunday morning and expect the people to come. Most people don't go to
church and they never have, so why should they come? You can't put a
program on Christian TV and radio and expect people to tune in. There are
100's of stations to choose from, so why would they want to listen?
That is why God will raise up in these last days, NEW SPIRITUAL LEADERS.
Men and women with the guts to stand toe to toe with the world regardless of
the consequences. Men and women that can operate on a street corner just as
effectively as they can behind a pulpit. Men and women that will take the
truth of God's Word, the hope and love of Christ to the people thru the same
delivery methods the world uses to take its lies to the people. Men and
women that are not ashamed of the Gospel and are not worried about being
politically correct. Men and women that are not here to be served but have
come to serve others. MEN AND WOMEN THAT ARE MORE CONCERNED ABOUT BUILDING
THE KINGDOM OF GOD THAN THEIR OWN KINGDOMS USING GOD'S NAME!!!
I pray today that you will not put your hopes in a politician when it comes
to spiritual matters. That is not their role. I pray that you will find
Godly men and women that He has called to lead the people in these final
days. God always has a remnant, both of people and leaders. As these final
days wind down, those true leaders will rise up and you will know who they
are because you won't be able to miss them. They won't be hiding in a
church, or secluded on the Christian media, but they will be visible in this
world we live in.
The world will scoff at what they have to say, they will be persecuted for
their bold stand for Christ, but God will have His hand on them and their
message will be heard by the masses. They will boldly declare to this lost,
hurting, and dying world the TRUTH of God's Word, that Jesus Christ is the
"way, the truth, and the life," and that He is the only answer for this
world and each person.
In his love and service,
Your friend and brother in Christ,
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