Thermostat Tips to Remember When Things Get Too Hot
Is it hot where you are?
Here in Southern New Jersey we’ve endured these last two scorching summers of 2020 and 2021 temperatures in the mid-90’s and up, with humidity about the same. Add to that the heat of world-wide unrest as the forces of good and evil collide in every mountain of culture, in every nation: government, academics, economics, media, entertainment, church, and family.
As we have reached the precipice in this transitional era of world history, high pressure systems can weigh us down with weariness, wariness, and wimpiness. Living one day to the next in the lava flow of hyped pandemics, totalitarian threats, and propaganda mind control at epic levels, becomes like slave labor in a sense. Our physical, mental, and emotional psyche seeks a reset in liberty, balance, and stability to know rest and renewal in a sensible air conditioned environment.
That’s where our spirit man comes in—the ultimate stabilizing thermostat in our lives set by the Word and Promises of God in any weather condition. On every battlefield.
Yes, the heat is turned up this summer on every front unseen in history since biblical eras—not just the thermometer outside. Expected highs in the fervor of our current national and global crisis adds more passionate heat and headaches to the weatherman’s predictions for oppressive temperatures.
Our Founding Fathers, living through 90 degree weather in the summer of 1776, knew this oppressive heat well—with no respite of air conditioning. They stared down the musket barrel of a future for themselves and their children which sought to strip them of the rights and freedoms they colonized the New World to secure.
That summer, in the crucible of boiling temperatures, they referenced the wisdom and direction of the Lord through their heated debates on the path to crafting an independent nation of self-governed people. Every single founding document left by them in letters, journals, essays, books, and official charters and constitutions, notes the place of God’s Providence in the birth of our nation—and the expected continuance of same by their descendents.
In drafting a framework for both governmental principles and education, Samuel Adams noted the important mandate of “inculcating . . . the study and practice of the exalted virtues of the Christian system” within all aspects of America's national identity. The stewards of America in recent generations failed our Founders and have brought us to such a time as this. They ceased to inculcate Christ into every sphere of societal influence and the enemy crept in to sow tares.
Today in the blistering heat of summer, those fields are white to harvest with the effects of both wheat and tares--in America and worldwide. A great separation must come to pass before our land can be healed, our foundations restored, and the ancient landmarks replaced.
Jesus Christ polarizes our nation and a generation of Christians—AMERICAN Christians—with His eternal imperative: Choose you this day whom you will serve.
Never in our nation’s history has there been such a clear distinction between two governmental ideologies that seek to gain preeminence on our soil and over the hearts and minds of our people. It is no longer a choice between Republican and Democrat that will be asked of us on election day. It is Good versus Evil. Americanism versus Communism. The Kingdom of God versus the Gates of Hell.
Even so—a ballot must largely be cast for people representing the principles of the Republican Party Platform or the Democrat Party Platform. Which aligns most with a biblical worldview and the founding vision for this nation? How can we discern deception from both parties when many are proved to be one in the same—the UNIPARTY set upon the interests of foreign powers rather than America? When evidence comes to light of treason in our own government, and we realize we must rename them to PATRIOTS vs TRAITORS, how can we restore biblical alignment?
The stewards of America's Christian history and legacy of liberty and light to the nations melted in the warmth of battle in past decades. They wilted in temperate days when Evil worked behind the scenes cloaked in darkness and distraction. And now, when dark is brought into the light by the hand of God to fulfill HIS purposes in the earth, deception and confusion makes limp the arms that should be mighty to tear down strongholds in the heat of battle.
The men and women who crafted our country’s government were sinners saved by grace. Flaws in each were pervasive—though a nobler generation we’d be hard pressed to find. In the end, it was the unity of many with higher goals than their own, and checks and balances at work, that made the United States the dynamic powerhouse and light in the free world that it became under our national motto: In God We Trust.
In the heat of this turbulent summer, we would be wise to embrace our national motto, once again, in the model of our Founding Fathers.
BE A THERMOSTAT--not a thermometer. Here are three ways for the AMERICAN CHRISTIAN to beat the heat in 2020--and 2021:
DON'T WIMP OUT—Take courage and trust God. He goes before you and under you, to make you able in all times and circumstances.
Wait on the Lord; Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on the Lord!
DON'T BE WEARY—Stay the course for the reward of God’s goodness in due season. HIS promises are sure when He says that the Gates of Hell will not prevail against His government in the earth--the Kingdom of God.
“And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.”
BE WARY WITH WISDOM—Walk circumspectly in these perilous times. The Leviatian spirit of spinning lies and deception has a megaphone in our culture and society today through media, entertainment, academic classrooms, and anywhere marketplace discourse takes place.
“Take heed to yourselves, lest your heart be deceived, and you turn aside and serve other gods and worship them . . .”
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