CSN Sunday – Messages of Light – 7/12/2020

Note From the Founder…

Dear Citizen Sentinels Network newsletter readers,

The Citizen Sentinels Network has maintained a project, originally deemed the David Project, since 2018. Especially, for those readers of faith, the Messages of Light originated as a genuine inspiration from Heavenly Father. It was initiated to bring Light into the dark in this time. At this time in the world, there is clear and present need to hold boldly and securely onto our foundations rooted in faith.

If you consider the messages in our Sunday edition relevant or meaningful and know others who might value them as well, consider yourself a Light mail messenger, please pass this message on to those whom you feel could receive it. Otherwise, please receive it yourselves.

Freedom, Religious, Independence

                       I waited patiently for the Lord; He inclined to me and heard my cry.

He drew me up from the pit of destruction, out of the miry bog, and

set my Feet upon a rock, making my steps secure. He put a song of

praise to our God. Many will see and fear, and put their trust in

the Lord.

Blessed be the man who makes the Lord his trust, who does not turn

To the proud, to those who astray after a lie…  Psalm 40:1-5

This Sunday comes one week after America’s birthday, and although last Sunday fell in the immediate wake of Independence Day, it would be wise to wind the clock back to recover some other things that have happened in the United States leading up to our nation’s birthday, mainly because the month of June was chaotic leading all the way up to July 4th, and then the holiday weekend seems to have evaporated too quickly. In other words, Americans were filled through June with an outburst of hatred, resentment, and violence, and one weekend in which a small handful of good things happened. Evil should not be given such free reign over a free people.

Additionally, my message, although dealing with the past, was dealing with the distant past, and it was more a message about the future than our present tribulation. Especially, as the nation had been previously ravaged by COVID-19, and all the collateral damage and fallout associated with the perception and response to the disease, to be plunged into a widespread racial conflict left people dazed and somewhat confused. Some retreated into a state of denial, others allowed anger to grow within them, and some tried to focus on something else other than the reality with which they were confronted. Many bought Bibles, or guns. Many turned to God as the tribulation descended upon the nation like a gigantic ocean wave sweeping throughout the country.

My message of light last week took a hard look at the topic of independence and retaining the foundation of freedom we have been given. I provided a context in the form of the lifestyle changes that are being required of most Americans in such turbulent times. Such a message came to me in prayer, as I had felt through that June “shaking,” people would need something to cling to – something to hold on to. Jesus’ message of the two greatest of the Commandments and the gifts Heavenly Father gave to us in the foundation of the U.S.A. In my heart, I feel that holding on to what “is essential” in this time is the first step. But, we also need to turn from our “wicked ways” and put into practice what Jesus asked of us. I truly believe that this is a golden moment in time in which Christians can truly demonstrate to the world what makes them truly Christian. If such a demonstration of faith is put into practice, citizens can keep our Republic.

Today, our Messages of Light provides three distinct messages that can help us all catch up from the unsettling turmoil and lifestyle changes we have been recently forced to make. The first message is a podcast which is a salute to America extracted from the MyFaithVotes website. It is good to reconnect to the value of America with facts as well as embracing her in our hearts.

We are also offering a more internal perspective of America in a brief video of former President Ronald Reagan entitled “One Nation Under God.” The quote from Ephesians at the very end says   a great deal about what America should be, and Reagan called for a new era of renewal for all Americans. His call is a more contemporary vision of how we could transform this nation, but it is needed now in this time more than ever.

We are also offering an interview that Megan West of My Faith Votes conducted with Pastor Jack Hibbs of Calvary Chapel Chino Hills in California. It is a brief interview, and the reason it

is being offered because it helps viewers sensibly review some of this past turbulence in our nation. This interview was conducted on May 29th, four days after the killing of George Floyd, and two days before Pentecost Sunday, when many churches illegally opened across California. It provides a quite relevant contemporary perspective on recent disruptive events.

The final offering today provides two separate messages about what American citizens can do in their prayer lives during these times of tribulation. Back in May, President Trump proclaimed –    “In America, We Need More Prayer Not Less,” and these two messages on prayer came from a time in which it was definitely needed – after the major impact of COVID-19 had just transformed America and so many had become unemployed, and at the moment of the violent, race-based explosions of rioting, destroying property, and the killings of many good people.

It is in clearly looking at our history (especially while it is fresh in our minds) that we can tread more clearly into our future.

These words are being freely offered and are being sent to you as part of the “David Project.” Please receive this message as a gift from those who care. They are only words that are being offered, freely, but some contain a deep message of faith, or a deeper expression of heart that readers can hopefully receive into their hearts. As it was written: “Where there is no vision,  the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.”    Proverbs 29:18 – KJV

May we humble ourselves, seek His face, repent, and turn from wickedness – like our failure to abide in His word and to keep His Commandments, or our failure to appreciate His gifts that are the heart of this Republic. May we seek God’s truth and sense His Heartbeat. We pray we can renew our covenant with Heavenly Father, and return our nation to the original design He had employed in helping to build our nation.

America is…

This July Fourth was America’s 244th birthday. America has always been a special nation and on this birthday MyFaithVotes took a moment and highlighted some of America’s   achievements. Watch and share this powerful two-minute tribute to what America is.

Podcast link –   AMERICA IS… – A Stats Based 4th of July Tribute  : https://app.frame.io/reviews/b1b1f041-dd97-4383-9cdd-5a850a8b3aa8/ef22fe31-365d-4c7c-a2a9-7fc59d5dbe3e

A brief video of former President Ronald Reagan entitled “One Nation Under God.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8-0CBP0NVeo

My Faith Votes Video Interview with Pastor Jack Hibbs of Calvary Chapel Chino Hills https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n3USGKcyvWs

                             “Praying for a Nation in Chaos”

                                                My Faith Votes

                                                     June 1, 2020

Note: The following is a segment from the MyFaithVotes website.  A link to the original can be found at the end of this excerpt.

 Our nation is in chaos. But God is still on His throne. Evil has been turned loose all across our nation and it’s time for us to fervently pray. Pray for Christ to reign over our cities and for evil to be thwarted.

We must pray with vision, courage, and confidence. And with equal confidence, we must answer the call when the Lord summons us to stand and face our enemy, knowing full well that as we do, we can, as Ephesians 6 says, “Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm.”

Here are two ways that will help you pray for our nation.

From Franklin Graham (President and CEO, Billy Graham Evangelistic Association)

We need to pray for PEACE, because “the anger of man does not produce the righteousness  of God” (James 1:20). Pray for PERSPECTIVE, because “the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere” (James 3:17). Pray for PATIENCE, because of God’s “kindness and forbearance and patience” toward us all (Romans 2:4). And pray for an OUTPOURING of His wisdom and direction for our leaders and officials who are dealing with this crisis. Ask God to change hearts and heal this divide in our nation.           -Franklin Graham

From John Piper (Founder and teacher of desiringGod.org and chancellor of Bethlehem College & Seminary. For 33 years, he served as pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church, Minneapolis, Minnesota. He is an author of more than 50 books)

Almighty and merciful Father, Hallowed be your name in Minneapolis. Revered, admired, honored — above every name, in church, in politics, in sports, in music, in theater, in business, in media, in heaven or in hell. May your name, your absolute reality, be the greatest treasure of our lives. And may your eternal, divine Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord — crucified for sin, risen from the dead, reigning forever — be known and loved as the greatest person in this city.

It was no compliment to the city of Nineveh, but it was a great mercy, when you said to your sulking prophet Jonah, “Should not I pity Nineveh, that great city, in which there are more than 120,000 persons who do not know their right hand from their left?” (Jonah 4:11).

Oh, how kind you are to pity our folly rather than pander to our pride. Jonah could not fathom your mercy. His desire was the fire of judgment. And you stunned him, and angered him, with the shock of forgiveness.

“Oh, how large is your heart toward cities in their sin and misery?”

And have we not heard your Son, crying out to the city that would kill him, “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it! How   often would I have gathered your children together as a hen gathers her brood under   her wings, and you were not willing!” (Matthew 23:37)

Oh, how large is your heart toward cities in their sin and misery?

Yes, we have heard you speak mercy to great cities. Did you not say, to Jerusalem, “This city shall be to me a name of joy, a praise and a glory before all the nations of the earth” (Jeremiah 33:9) They were not worthy — not any more than Nineveh, or Minneapolis. But you are a merciful God, “slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness”      (Exodus 34:6).

And what are we? Debtors. Whose only hope is grace. For we could never pay back the honor we have stolen from your name. How precious, then, is the lightning bolt of truth that “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners!” (1 Timothy 1:15).

And for what have you saved us, Father? To what end did you forgive, and cleanse, and free, and empower your people? You have told us, “In the coming ages I will show the immeasurable riches of my grace in kindness toward you in Christ Jesus” (Ephesians 2:7). Yes. That is best. You are your best gift to us.

But that’s a long way off, Lord. What about now? For now, we live in Minneapolis, not heaven. This is our home away from Home. We love our city. We love her winters — yes, we do — and cherish her spring. We love her great river and her parks. Her stadiums and her teams. We love her lakes and crystal air. We love her beautiful cityscape. We love her tree-lined neighborhoods, her industry, her arts, her restaurants, and recycling.

And we love her people. Her old immigrant Swedes and new immigrant Somalis. Her African Americans, her Asians, her Latinos. We love those with so many genetic roots they don’t know what box to check. We love her diversity — every human is precious because you made each one like yourself and for your glory.

This is our home away from Home. We are sojourners and exiles in this city (1 Peter 2:11). So we ask again: For what have you saved us? Here and now?

Open our hearts to hear your answer, Lord: “Seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the Lord on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare” (Jeremiah 29:7).

Yes, Lord. Yes. This is our heart for Minneapolis. We seek her welfare. We pray on her behalf.

For those who knew George Floyd best and loved him most, bring them your consolation, and direct their hearts to the God of all comfort.

For Derek Chauvin, who put his knee on Floyd’s neck for over seven minutes, until he died,    we ask for the mercy of repentance and the judgment of justice. For officers Thomas Lane and Tou Thao and Alexander Kueng, who stood by, we pray that grief and fear will bear the fruit of righteous remorse; and may the seriousness of the killing and the cowardice of the complicity meet with proper penalties.

For the upright police who have watched all ten minutes of the unbearable video of Floyd’s dying, who consider it “horrific” and “inhuman,” who find it unbelievable that Chauvin did not say a single word for seven minutes as the man under his knee pled for his life, and who lament with dashed hopes that they must start again from “square one” to rebuild what meager trust they hoped to have won — for these worthy servants of our city, we pray that they would know the patient endurance of Jesus Christ, who suffered for deeds he did not do.

“We pray that the compounding of sorrows will not compound our sin, but send us running to the Savior.”

For police chief Medaria Arradondo, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman, our Mayor Jacob Frey, and our Governor Tim Walz, we ask for the kind of wisdom that only God can give — the kind king Solomon had when he said, “Cut the baby in half” (1 Kings 3:16–28), and discovered the true mother.

May our leaders love the truth, seek the truth, stand unflinching for the truth, and act on the truth. Let nothing, O Lord, be swept under the rug. Forbid that any power or privilege would be allowed to twist or distort or conceal the truth, even if the truth brings the privileged, the rich, the powerful, or the poor, from the darkness of wrong into the light of right.

For the haters and the bitter and the hostile and the slanderers — of every race — we pray that they will see “the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ” (2 Corinthians 4:4). We pray that the light will banish darkness from their souls — the darkness of arrogance and racism and selfishness. We pray for broken hearts, because “a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise” (Psalm 51:17).

We pray that our city will see miracles of reconciliation and lasting harmony, rooted in truth and in the paths of righteousness. We pray for peace — the fullest enjoyment of shalom, flowing down from the God of peace, and bought at an infinite price for the brokenhearted followers of the Prince of Peace.

And as the scourge of COVID-19 has now killed 100,000 people in our nation, and still kills 20 people a day in our state — most of them in our city — and as the virus wreaks havoc with our economy, and riots send lifetimes of labor up in smoke, and the fabric of our common life is torn, we pray that the compounding of sorrows will not compound our sins, but send us desperate and running to the risen Savior, our only hope, Jesus Christ.

O Jesus, for this you died! That you might reconcile hopeless, hostile people to God and to each other. You have done it for millions by grace through faith. Do it, Lord Jesus, in Minneapolis, we pray. Amen.

The complete original article can be found here:   https://www.myfaithvotes.org/articles/praying-for-a-nation-in-chaos

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