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Knoxville, Tennessee, United States
I currently serve as Senior Pastor of Harvest Church in Knoxville, Tn. I was sent out from Trinity Chapel of Knoxville in 1993 accompanied by my wife Sheila our four children Sarah, Hannah, Josiah & Isaac and a handful of bold, brave and committed believers determined to plant our first church. Pioneering is hard work but well worth the journey. That is why we desire to make disciples of Christ who will, like us, also embrace the call to plant churches.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

A Sons of Issachar Anointing Part Four

In Hebrews 11 we are introduced to men and women of faith. The father of faith was a man who had eternal vision. He had a heart for the kingdom of God! He could see far into the distance!

Hebrews 11:8 (NLT) It was by faith that Abraham obeyed when God called him to leave home and go to another land that God would give him as his inheritance. He went without knowing where he was going. 9 And even when he reached the land God promised him, he lived there by faith––for he was like a foreigner, living in tents. And so did Isaac and Jacob, who inherited the same promise. 10 Abraham was confidently looking forward to a city with eternal foundations, a city designed and built by God.

I believe we are entering an hour of trial in which the Holy Spirit will use the situation to begin turning the eyes of the church back to the kingdom of God, and not so much on the kingdoms of men.

Hebrews 12:28 Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us have grace, by which we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear.

This is not an hour to despair over who will be in the White House. It is an hour to look unto Jesus the Author and Finisher of our faith!

God has been in the business of turning the hearts of wicked leaders to serve His purposes for all of history. It is time the church saw things through different glasses and began to realize that prayer is what we have been given to accomplish things in this earth.

I agree that it would be nice if whoever held the White House, the Senate and the Congress were all born again, Spirit filled, Bible believing, Christ honoring people.

But is that the only hope for this nation?

Was that the only hope for early believers who were saved while under the rule of the Roman Empire? An empire where Caesar was considered to be God? Where idolatry reigned, where lust and greed, and sexual perversions, and blood sports and debauchery was common place?

Brothers and sisters we must beware that we do not become engulfed with a love for America, over our love for His kingdom. It is perfectly fine to be patriotic, I encourage such, but not at the expense of seeking His kingdom first.
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