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Saturday, July 06 2024

God Bless America and may America bless God! Amen!

Good Morning Free and Dependent Children of our Sovereign God! We have been set free because of our faith in Jesus, yet we are dependent upon Him. We live in the land of the free, dependent upon our Living, Sovereign God but as aliens and strangers. He has placed our leaders in place for His purposes and called us to obedience to them that we might live "peaceful and quiet lives". Check out the Harvest Prayer blogs below about this. It can be very hard to trust and obey in this environment today, yet we remember that Jesus came into prominence during Roman rule and Israel being subject to that authority that God placed in control over them. His new born Church thrived and grew exponentially as slaves to Rome. As we follow Jesus and submit to Him in trust and obey, we learn how to live free and dependent. Help us Lord! Charles Stanley reminds us that the battle is the Lord's and helps us learn how to walk in victory with Christ. In this election season, again my heart plea for you is to turn off the noise of those stirring you to fear, anxiety, hopelessness, anger, and hate. Open your Bibles and prayerfully submit to God. Trust Him and allow Him to work all things together according to His perfect plan. Yes be informed to vote well, but other than that and praying, what else can we do but trust and obey? Who is offering you hope, the dementia patient or the felon or the God of all Hope? He is sovereign! He knows, cares and is at work for your and our good, even placing our leaders in place according to His perfect plans. And that is often way beyond beyond our comprehension. Prov. 3:5-6 reminds us to not lean on our own understanding but trust and acknowledge God in all our ways. That takes dying to self as we follow Jesus. God promises us that His peace beyond understanding is available. Are you doing what you can to position yourself to receive it? Are you choosing trust and joy no matter what you are facing? Be still, exhale all the junk and know that He is God and in control. Amen! He has great plans for you! Plans to prosper and not harm even in the midst of all kinds of chaos! Start today at Jesus' feet. Submit to Him and follow His ways. Then you will be able to know His peace beyond understanding. Yes, help us Lord! Amen!

Remember this: When we enter into the very last days, God promises that things will get very wicked, evil, dark and hard in increasing intensity. And He promises to be with us and help us. Put on His Spiritual Armor in prayer today and prepare to stand firm in faith always. Suppose today is the beginning of the last days, within three and a half years things will get so bad that Jesus has to come back to rescue His followers. For all our lives we could never imagine how that could happen to this country in our life time and so fast and, yet, here we are. This has not taken God by surprise, has it? NO! So, doesn't it make sense to turn off the noise, trust God, stand firm in Him and on His Word which has already revealed all these things and how to be able to endure to the end and even do what we can to lead others to Him before it's too late. Who do you know that you want to save from the fires of Hell? What will you do about that? Focus there, pray hard as you trust and follow Jesus. That's His easy yoke for these very hard and dark days. "Go! Make disciples...I am with you always, even to the end of time." Amen! Let us determine to be about our Father's business and to help and encourage each other in this battle.

May God help you to trust, obey always, stand firm, choose joy and know His peace! Amen! Now exhale all that junk! Turn off the noise! And focus on our Prince of Peace! Dwell in His Shalom! He's got this and you! PTL! He is The Lord, our God! Almighty and Sovereign! Victor! Prince of Peace and our Shield! Amen

Harvest blogs:

June 30 - Be Subject to the Governing Authorities 

Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. (Romans 13:1) 

In our current political climate, verses like Romans 13:1 sound like a Pollyanna dream from long ago. Can God actually call his people to “be subject to the governing authorities”? We see so many specific errors being propagated by our leaders that it makes it difficult for us to embrace this simple, clear command from God to his people. Yet, the next sentence sheds more light on why God calls us to submit to our leaders—he himself instituted them. God is the Authority behind our authorities. Granted, God never makes agreement or is ever to blame for legislated evil or wickedness of any kind. Our calling is to “be subject,” to submit or place ourselves under in rank of those who govern over us. They are accountable to God and we are to them as long as they obey his Word. We are always called to stand against evil in government, in society, and in our very own lives. Yet, God’s call to submit is to work a work of humility in his people. Let’s pray about this truth. 

Heavenly Father, may we as your people learn submission to you by submitting to the governing authorities. I ask today that we, your children, would live such godly, submissive lives that we would be a great blessing to the church, the world, and to those who rule over us. Forgive me for my times of rebellion against the righteous laws of the land and for speaking evil against those you instituted to govern over us. Righteous King, I cry out for your people to be salt and light today, even to those who lead us. May your people help to transform our country through living and preaching of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Teach us humility, submission, and to be subject to those who rule over us as unto you. We submit to our leaders out of reverence for Christ. Shine brightly in our nation through your humble, righteous, kind, and contagious church. May the best part of our nation be the fruit born out of the prayers and labors of those called by your name. Exalt your name through our nation. Save leaders. Empower godly leaders. Rebuke false leaders. Overturn unjust laws. Transform the heart, soul, and mind of our nation through the power of the risen Christ.

--Adapted from Praying God’s Word Over Your City: 40 Days of Prayer for A Transformed Community by Trey and Mary Anne Kent. This book is available at Use the code CONPSP3 at checkout to receive an additional 10% discount.

Prayer Points

  • Praise God for his plans, from all eternity, done in perfect faithfulness (Isa. 25:1) which will come to pass as he purposes (Isa. 14:24).
  • Thank God for his plans for you—to prosper you and not to harm you, to give you hope and a future (Jer. 29:11).
  • Confess to him your failure to learn contentment in every situation as Paul did (Phil. 4:11).
  • Commit yourself to fearing the Lord, which leads to life, and thus rest content, untouched by trouble (Prov. 19:23).
  • Ask God for real contentment in what you have (Heb. 13:5), remembering that he will never fail you nor forsake you.
  • Pray that God will challenge you to be involved in some kingdom endeavor close to home such as an assistance ministry. Ask God to give you real satisfaction in helping others.
Prayer Points taken from Patterns for Prayer by Alvin VanderGriend. This book is available at Use the code CONPSP3 at checkout to receive an additional 10% discount.

Connection (Devotions for Everyday Life) © 2024 is a free devotional published daily by Harvest Prayer Ministries. Subscribe here.


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St. Matthew's EC Church

5th & Ridge Streets
P.O. Box 433
Emmaus, PA 18049
Telephone 610.965.5570


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We are working on becoming who we were created to be and doing our custom made purposes well. 

We are part of the Evangelical Congregational Church

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