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I Pledge Allegiance to the Lamb
I Pledge Allegiance To The Lamb
One thing I usually like to do, in my 4th of July messages, is to remind us that this holiday is about so much more than hotdogs, cookouts, swimming and fireworks. The 4th of July is about a country founded, rooted and established on Christian principles.... In keeping with that tradition, I like to remind us of some of the words our founding fathers said in this regard.
"It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great nation was founded not by religionists, but by Christians, not on religion but on the gospel of Jesus Christ." -- Patrick Henry
"Do not let anyone claim tribute of American patriotism if they even attempt to remove religion from politics." -- George Washington Farewell Address to Nation
So you can see that despite what modern politicians, the contemporary media, or the history revisionists say - America was founded not on the concept of freedom to worship any god, but on the freedom to worship Jesus Christ.
Today what I want to do is to look briefly at the parallel between our founding fathers allegiance to this country, and our allegiance to the Lamb, Jesus Christ, the Son of God. First we will look at the patriots, and then the Christians.
"Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity. Matthew 7:21-23
"They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate." Titus 1:16
What is it that gets in the way of people keeping and fulfilling their commitment to God? So what is it then that gets in the way? The answer can be found in just one simple word.... "SELF"
Reap A Great Reward
Heaven will surely be worth it all!
freedom will be proclaimed to those in captivity
recovery of sight will be proclaimed to the blind
the burdened and oppressed will be released
there is hope for the hopeless
a place of joy despite circumstances
of peace beyond understanding
a place of love, forgiveness, healing and acceptance
sing songs of praise around Gods golden throne forever
One day we will reap what is perhaps the greatest reward of all. One day we will stand before the Lord and all His glory and receive the crown of life which He will give to the faithful of all the ages.
And we will hear those most precious words; "Well done they good and faithful servant, enter thou into the joys of thy Lord. Matthew 25:21
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