For Our God- For Our Country

For Our God- For Our Country

Destiny Worship Center

Pastor Robb Stancer

July 3rd  2015

On July 4th, tomorrow we will celebrate 239 years as an Independent nation.

But did you know that July 4th is not the original Independence Day? That’s right; the original Independence Day was July 2nd 1776. That’s when the members of the Continental Congress voted in favor of Independence from Great Britain. However on July 4th, 1776, Congress voted to approve and ratify the final wording of the Declaration of Independence. — Just a bit of trivia for you.

56 men signed the Declaration of Independence. What happened to those 56 men?

  • Twelve had their homes ransacked and burned.
  • Several of the signers lost entire fortunes as their businesses were destroyed by the British.
  • Two lost their sons who were serving in the Revolutionary Army.
  • Some were driven from their wives never to see them again.
  • One had two of his sons captured.
  • Five of the actual signers were captured by the British, counted as traitors and tortured before they died.
  • Nine of the 56 fought and died from wounds or hardships of the Revolutionary War.

We owe so much to these brave patriots, who risked everything for this country. As Americans, we walk in the footsteps of heroes, who have given their lives for this land.

I ask you the question tonight, “What are you doing for America? Over 50 years ago, President John F. Kennedy laid a challenge before the American people. He said, “Ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country.”

What can we do for our country? The Apostle Paul lists three specific things in these four verses that can have untold impact on our country. Do you want to be a Christian citizen who actually makes a difference in our great country?

1 Timothy 2:1-4“1) Therefore I exhort first of all that you make supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings for everyone, 2) for kings and for all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceful life in all godliness and honesty, 3) for this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, 4) who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.”

1.We must pray fervently

It says in verses 1 and 2, “I exhort therefore, that first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men. For kings and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.”

  • Do you pray for our country?
  • If you don’t pray for our country, then now is the time to start.
  • Do you pray for revival in our land?
  • Do you pray for the defeat of Satan’s plans for our country?

Don’t ever discount the power of prayer.

Don’t make the excuse that it won’t do any good.

II Chronicles 7:14 “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”

2. We must live faithfully

Verse 2, “That we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.”

Good Christians make good citizens. In fact, the best, most diligent, most honest, most loyal, most patriotic citizens of the United States of America should be dedicated Christians.

I’ve heard Church people boast about how they break the law. Not only do they make the job of the authorities harder, but they set a bad example in front of sinners. They disregard the law. Now, what right do they have to encourage a sinner to obey the authorities?

The Scripture says in

I Peter 2:12“Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God…”

3. We must witness fruitfully

Verses 3-4, “For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior; who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.”

Do you want to know one of the key ways that you can help our nation?

Lead our countrymen to Jesus Christ. Jesus is the only hope for our country.

Someone has well said, “Nature forms us. Sin deforms us. Education informs us; but only Christ transforms us.”

In this great country, the United States of America, our greatest threat may not be from the terrorists. It may be from the moral rottenness that is sweeping the innards of our country.

They say that before the great Empire of Rome fell from the outside, she fell on the inside. Rome was rotten and corrupted in its government and in its people. Rome fell. We will fall just like Rome unless we have a transformation of the hearts and minds of our everyday citizens. Jesus is the answer to change hearts and minds.

Now, I too want to ask, “What can I do for my country.”

As we have seen today, we can pray fervently, we can live faithfully, and we can witness fruitfully. Those things combined can and will make a difference for our country.