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Have you ever wondered where or why we use “so help me God” when taking an oath here in the United States? Or why our money has “in God we trust” on it?

As you read through the Bible, you will start to note rather quickly that our founders knew their Bible pretty well. If you have any understanding concerning our Constitution and the laws that were set up during the time that this country experienced birth pains, you will recognize that our founders based many of our laws and the Constitution on Scripture.

If you are using my book, “Faithful Promises of God”, to read through the Bible, you’ve, no doubt, already ran across the importance of picking Godly leaders. That includes a national leader, a local leader, a Pastor and a Godly husband (which leads the family and set the tone). History is important and that is why we need to read the Old Testament as well as the New Testament.

When we read “they did what was right in their own eyes” or “he did evil in the eyes of the Lord”, we need to realize that there are consequences to our behavior. And those consequences often affect many people around the sin.

“They rejected His decrees and the covenant He had made with their fathers and the warnings He had given them. They followed worthless idols and themselves became worthless. They imitated the nations around them and although the Lord had ordered them, “Do not do as they do,” and they did the things the Lord had forbidden them to do.” (2 Kings 17:15) Now, let’s think about this one verse in Scripture that is full of how to apply it to our lives today. Have we rejected God as a nation? Have we rejected Him in our personal lives? Do you follow the Bible? Yes, yes, I understand that “all have sinned” but do most Americans even know what the Bible says, let alone try to live lives pleasing to the Lord? Do we have many who feel worthless? Is the United States of America, which was founded on Biblical principles, continuing to follow the laws set up, especially concerning immigration? Are we as a nation, doing things that the Lord has forbidden?

When our country’s higher powers take out “so help me God” and no longer have people swearing their oath on the Bible, is that rejecting God? Although our forefathers formed much of our government after the Bible and this country was founded on Christian principles, it was intended to run as a Christian nation. Yes, we welcome other religions to practice their faith but the founders intended the government to be a Christian based nation. And anyone coming into our country is expected to follow our laws, not make up their own laws or bring their laws in from the country they came from.

“Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established, the authorities that exist have been established by God. Consequently, he who rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgement on themselves….Therefore, it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also because of conscience.” (Romans 13: 1-2, 5) We may not always like what the laws are but according to this Scripture, we are to obey those laws. Thankfully, our government is set up in such a way that we can speak out and work to change such laws.

Please note that this is not meant to be divisive but rather to get many people to read the Bible and also to grasp what our forefathers were basing the new form of government that we now know as the United States of America on.

As always, I welcome any comments from you. If you cannot write a comment here, please go to A Fae Original on facebook. But in the meantime, I challenge you to stay in the Word!

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A while back, I had my DNA tested. I am now connecting to relatives that I didn’t even know existed. I am finding it a fun experience and somewhat of a mystery as at least one name has come up high on the list but I have no idea who this person is. Oh! that is a good mystery! I can hardly wait to solve it.

Today I started reading 1 Chronicles and find it so much fun to go through the names of past generations and I almost feel like I know them personally. But, I also realize that not everyone feels the same about all these names…names that are hard to pronounce! Name upon name! My advice to a friend who said she gets bogged down in those genealogies in Scripture is to skim them, or even skip over them. Don’t let those names stop you from reading the Bible!

I am getting so into genealogy that I’ve started filling out charts and papers starting in Genesis, the first being Adam and am now up to David. Frankly, this never entered my mind until about a year ago, a dear friend came knocking on my door to show me his Biblical genealogy chart. He had it on his computer and we sat for quite some time as we went over who belonged to whom. I could usually find a name in Scripture pretty easy and give my friend more to add to his list. When he came to me that day, I never thought I would be doing the same thing but right before my friend went to see Jesus, I decided that I would start a few sheets to see how far I could get. I am thankful to Norman for spurring me on to further research concerning the Bible and helping me understand those names.

I hope your Bible reading is coming along and that you’ve read more than you’ve ever read before. Keep going! You can do this! A little bit of reading the Bible every day … sort of like one tiny bite at a time… can result in finishing the Bible before you know it! God doesn’t expect you to do this perfect, or to understand every word you read, but He does expect you to be persistent. To keep going until you have finished the task.

The hardest parts are almost behind you and you will soon be in the Psalms and then the Proverbs. At some point when you hear a sermon, you are going to be able to understand where the Scripture reference came from, perhaps even a little history behind what is being preached.

Most importantly, may we remember as we go through those genealogy lists, is that our actions DO matter. They may not affect you but what about your grandchildren? Our actions can affect generations to come! Now, that is something to ponder…

In the meantime, Happy Mother’s Day!

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I just finished reading 2 Kings 17:14-15 and am reminded why I love this passage of Scripture. We see the people continually rejecting the Lord’s instruction and following after the other people living near them. “They worshipped worthless idols, so they became worthless themselves.” (2 Kings 17: 15)

Are you comprehending this principle? Are you trying to figure out what is wrong with so many around you? Perhaps even you?

When we don’t listen to the Lord. When we refuse to believe in the Lord, Maker of heaven and earth. When His instructions are rejected by people who say they belong to Him. When we despise all the warnings that God has given us, then…let me repeat, THEN we (as people) start to feel worthless. THEN we start looking for ways to meet that need within us so as not to not feel worthless. THEN we start looking to the “gods” of the people around us. THEN we start following the behaviors of people around us. BUT have we forgotten that there is only ONE true God of the Universe and He has already given us commands to follow.

“He who walks with the wise grows wise, but the companion of fools suffers harm.”(Proverbs 13:20) “In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, we command you, brothers, to keep away from every brother who is idle and does not live according to the teaching you received from us.”(2 Thess 3:6) “Have nothing to do with godless myths and old wives’ tales; rather, train yourself to be godly.”(1 Tim 4:7)

The more we hang around people who are of questionable character, the quicker we will become like them. It may seem pleasurable for a time but heed God’s warning, “Do not be misled, “Bad company corrupts good character.” (1 Cor 15:33) I hate to tell you this but you are not a special person who can handle being around such questionable behavior. God has told us what we need to do in order to live a life pleasing to Him. The best part, when we please Him, we also are pleasing to ourselves and those around us. We no longer feel worthless!

Hebrews 10: 22-24 is so helpful, “let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for He who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds.” Don’t you love that last part? To encourage one another towards love and good deeds!

It is not the good deeds that bring you to Christ because then we would turn such behavior into a pat on the back for ourselves. Yep, we would brag that the reason that God loves us is because of what we are doing for Him. But that is far from the truth of the Word. Ephesians 2:8-10 is clear, “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Doesn’t that give you hope? What a special gift we are offered from God…His grace. We are all sinful beings but the blood of Jesus is waiting to wipe that sin away when we turn our hearts to Him. When we confess our sin, He is waiting with open arms. The best part is that He has a special mission for each one of us as we give our lives to Him. No one mission is any better than another. He has planned it all out in advance, just waiting for us to see that He is the only one who can make us worthy.

Let’s finish with Hebrews 12: 1-2a, “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith...” None of us are sinless, only Jesus! Is He calling to you today to throw off the worthless idols that are around you? Tell Him…that’s right…tell Him that you want to change. That you want to serve Him and not the people that you once highly esteemed. Are you ready to give up your past and turn to the only One who can bring you peace and joy?

Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, I have sinned! I have looked to myself and those around me for the answers in life and have ignored your Word. I believe that You are the only one who has the answers to life and I am making the choice to take Your hand and start on a new path. Thank you Lord for loving me and being so patient with me. In Jesus name, Amen

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