PASTORS' DAILY DEVOTIONAL
Sep
11

God...Bless America & the Nations!

Rod Shimabukuro

Scripture
They were scorched by the fierce heat, and they cursed the name of God who had power over these plagues. They did not repent and give him glory. Revelation 16:9
Observation
The visions of God gave John were unbelievable - in an incredible way. But i can see why non Christians would look at the, sometimes offensive and violent acts of judgement as ridiculous. I once ridiculed Revelations writings as a non Christian. Believing this stuff takes faith in God - I mean a real relationship, entrusting our lives into His hands.

To think that there would be unrepentant people, having experienced the presence of God through judgement and revelation of His power, seems unthinkable. The people’s hearts opposed God, because they DID NOT give God glory. They refused to honor God., cursing Him instead.
Application
I’m not sure how many people have come to faith in Christ through the 9/11 tragedy, but what is unthinkable is that people would not repent or even curse God in light of this horrific event. I do not believe that 9/11 is judgment from God - but I do believe God desires to use this situation to bring honor to His name, revealing His heart of love and grace to the broken, hard-hearted.

My heart today goes out to all who lost loved ones in and through the plane crashes in New York, Virginia, Pennsylvania. I pray that God would receive glory, be honored and that God would use this situation for people to repent for their sins.

May the Lord hold back His judgements until more people come to faith in Jesus. I want to live differently by being more bold and loving to others, proclaiming the Good news of Jesus!
Prayer
Dear Daddie God, Almighty God of the heavens, earth and universe, Please touch and fill the hearts of all the non Christians who lost loved ones on 9/11! Thank you for Your gracious and loving presence upon our country. Thank you, thank you King Jesus!
Please have mercy upon America. Forgive us for neglecting You and for our hardened, unrepentant hearts! God...Bless America and the nations!

Devotions for September 11

Daniel 1,2
Revelation 16

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