STANDING TOGETHER – THE GATES OF HELL SHALL NOT PREVAIL
by Beth Schoeneberg
September 4, 2012
I close each show with the statement, “We must all come together to BRING AMERICA HOME…” This can only be done if we stand together!
I was listening to my pastor one Sunday morning preaching boldness to the church (the people not the building). Matthew 16:18 “And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.”
The church is the people, not a building of wood and/or brick but the people. The people (the church) are only strong when the people (the church) are active and faithful outside the building we call church. God sent us out to be disciples not to sit and wait for an attack from the evil one.
Christianity is under attack and so is our nation. Do you feel as though you’re constantly on the defensive? We shouldn’t, because we’re supposed to be aggressive for Christ. Not thumping people in the head with the Good Book, but heaping hot coals of kindness upon their heads and showing His love to all. Proverbs 25: 21-22 “If thine enemy be hungry, give him bread to eat; and if he be thirsty, give him water to drink: For thou shalt heap coals of fire upon his head, and the LORD shall reward thee.”
As the pastor shared, I couldn’t help but think about our country and how far we’ve strayed from the God and the nation our Founding Fathers sacrificed to “Bring Together.”
When I say it takes all of us to BRING AMERICA HOME—We must stop waiting and reacting. We must go forth for our God and our Country. No longer be on the defensive but be aggressive, active and involved wherever and whenever you can.
So much ugly news has crossed my desk and your ears these last few months. While I want and will address these issues each day, please know that you are not to be discouraged but encouraged by what you see and hear for knowing the truth of the battle is important.
Joshua 1:9 “Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.” 2 Corinthians 4:16 “For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.”
We the People are the force in this country – perhaps we feel discouraged and perhaps we feel we are continually on the defensive but that is only true because we sit and wait instead of leading.
While I do know and understand how the feelings of discouragement invade our lives, our minds and our hearts, I also know that we serve a larger force, who is still in charge. Are you allowing Him to be in charge of your life, your loved ones, your home and/or your community? Are you leading His way?
It’s as if we are in a hole trying to dig upwards to reinstate, affirm our freedoms and liberties through our God and our Constitution. Who dug this hole? Where were we when the digging began?
We have been deceived my friends into believing we are powerless BUT we are not so… not by a long shot!!
I challenge you my fellow Christians; my fellow Americans and Patriots to take charge. Using kindness; get involved, get active and by all means VOTE! Visit with your neighbors… talk to your friends and family… With love and kindness we must go out of the buildings we call church… we must walk out of the structures we call home… we must venture out of the facilities we call the workplace and we must go in His love and be aggressive for our God and our Country.
I know this seems like a big hole and we are small but do not be like those scouts in Numbers 13:30 “And there we saw the giants, the sons of Anak, which come of the giants: and we were in our own sight as grasshoppers, and so we were in their sight.” Listen, I know personally what it feels like to be the “small guy” – the “grass hopper” in the crowd BUT we cannot allow this style of thinking to detour us from pressing forward and storming the gates of hell; it will not prevail when we do so.
We the People have to understand that we are NOT small, we are NOT weak, WE ARE POWERFUL… Those in charge seek to divide us, using one issue or another, albeit our color, race, religion, political affiliations; whatever means they can. For they do realize your power and strength; they know that We the People are the true force in this country; but only if we are active and only if we stop picking one side or the other. There is truly only ONE SIDE!!
Joshua 5: 13-14 “And it came to pass, when Joshua was by Jericho, that he lifted up his eyes and looked, and, behold, there stood a man over against him with his sword drawn in his hand: and Joshua went unto him, and said unto him, Art thou for us, or for our adversaries? And he said, Nay; but as captain of the host of the LORD am I now come. And Joshua fell on his face to the earth, and did worship, and said unto him, What saith my Lord unto his servant?”
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Realizing our strength is our call to action and our “get up and go” power… we must make that commitment to no longer sit idle and no longer lay in wait to react BUT go out and conquer – or in our case, retrieve. Joshua took a firm and aggressive stand, will we as Christians and Americans be so bold for our God and our Country??
Joshua 24: 15 “And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom you will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.”
In obedience to our Lord’s word and respectful to our Founding Fathers –
STANDING TOGETHER 'WE THE PEOPLE' CAN AND WILL BRING AMERICA HOME!
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