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What Shall We Do?

Pastor Keith Hassell

 

 

Foundation Scripture:   Psalm 60:1-4 (NLT)  “You have rejected us, O God, and broken our defenses.  You have been angry with us; now restore us to your favor.  You have shaken our land and split it open.  Seal the cracks before it completely collapses.  You have been very hard on us, making us drink wine that sent us reeling.  But You have raised a banner for those who honor you---a rallying point in the face of attack.”

I.       You have rejected us, O God.  Why?  Because we have rejected Him.

          A.      We have rejected Him in our schools, businesses, and our lives.

          B.      We have trusted in our own wisdom and strength.

C.      As a result He has broken down our defenses.

II.      You have been angry with us.  Why?  Because of how we have treated Him.

A.      Webster’s Dictionary:  Anger is the feeling of displeasure resulting from injury, mistreatment, opposition, etc.

B.      Prayer:  Restore us to your favor.

III.    You have shaken our land and split it open.

          A.      God has revealed our weakness and we are laid bare.

          B.      Prayer:  Seal the cracks before it completely collapses.

IV.     You have been very hard on us, making us drink wine that sent us reeling.

          A.      Disorientation

          B.      Confusion

          C.      Loss of direction

          D.      Sense of desperation

E.      We are not through drinking this wine. 

1.       There is yet to be seen the effect upon our economy.

2.       Life in America and in our world will never be the same.

3.       We are entering the uncertainty, costs, and horrors of war.

V.      But You have raised a banner for those who honor You---a rallying point in the face of attack.

A.      Isaiah 59:19  “When the enemy comes in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord will lift up a standard against him.”

B.      This tragedy may actually turn out to be the salvation of America.

C.      This tragedy has revealed the weakness and vulnerability of our pride.

D.      This tragedy has caused Americans to unify in a way that has not happened since WWII.

E.      This tragedy has caused God’s people to return to Him in prayer.

F.      This tragedy has caused backsliders to return to God.

G.      This tragedy has caused sinners to search for hope and meaning in life.

H.      This tragedy may usher in the greatest revival America has ever experienced.

VI.     What shall we do? (2 Chronicles 7:14)

          A.      We must humble ourselves before Almighty God

          B.      We must pray to God Who alone can save or destroy.

C.      We must seek God’s face in order to seek His favor and to discover His ways.

D.      We must turn from our wicked ways.  We must repent of our sins and our lifestyles of sin and live a life holy and pleasing to Him.

VII.   What will you do?

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