By Kathi Pelton
I had an experience yesterday while resting that came in an unusual and unexpected way. It came as I was watching a very innocent older TV series that had similar scenes as what I am about to share. The Lord came upon me while watching this and it and turned the very scenes that I was watching into a “now encounter” that was deeply significant to his heart.
In this time I watched American Christian couples in their homes grumbling and complaining about what is happening in our nation (obviously, not without cause). Father’s were enraged and mothers were fearful. The atmosphere was one of defeat, fury and despair. In one home the children were in another separate room from their parents and they were sewing an new American flag. As their father shouted in anger they wondered if they should hide the flag that they had planned to raise. The children looked confused and fearful as their father continued cursing their nation. Then, in another home, there was an immigrant family who had come to America for freedom from a communist nation. They understood the great loss that was taking place but rather than cursing they began to bless our nation. This immigrant father began to quote the words of Article 1 of the Bill of Rights (pictured below) and he was leading his family in a song of thanksgiving for a nation that was founded upon these freedoms and rights (freedom of worship, religion, speech and press). As his voice went forth it was heard by households near and far causing repentance to touch the hearts of the fathers. They wept in repentance for complaining and even cursing our nation. Then they began to thank God for the blessings of America. They began to once again bless our beautiful nation and the children’s tears ceased and smiles of joy came upon their faces. A spirit of heaviness was replace by the oil of gladness. Then all of these families gathered together to bless our nation and thank God for the freedoms we have enjoyed (the freedoms that men and women have given their lives to uphold). This posture of thanksgiving and blessing caused a white flag pole to be raised. Then the children brought the new American flag that was then raised upon this flagpole. Together they began to sing, “America the Beautiful.”
God shed His grace on thee
And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea!
After seeing all of this I saw God hold up our Bill of Rights and I could hear him decreeing article one over our nation. I believe that we are to decree and pray for it with him. We are to close the mouths of cursing and open the mouths of thanksgiving and praise. May God shed his grace on our nation and crown us with brotherhood from sea to shining sea! May the flag of freedom be raised by those with childlike faith and joyful hearts. May father’s words turn from cursing to blessing and mother’s hearts move from fear to courage. Lastly, may we protect what many immigrated to our nation to enjoy…FREEDOM!
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