For many American Christians, especially those of us who call ourselves conservative, these have been a rough few weeks. And though many of the results were not what we preferred, we can take comfort in knowing that nothing happens without God‘s assent.
I’m confident that whatever has happened up to now — and whatever is revealed over the next few weeks and months — will work together to accomplish God’s plan for the closing days of this Age of Grace.
But I’m not going to shine you on. The Apostle Paul says that in the last days “terrible times will come.” I believe it is undeniable — and we are witness to it — that the ungodly will grow more ungodly and the truly godly will grow more so. The Bible tells us that conditions will wax worse and worse and the difference between the two camps will grow more pronounced.
But the Bible also tells us that the anti-God crowd will eventually take control and those of us who name the name of Jesus will be forced to make a decision. Do we deny who Jesus is and get to live a “normal” life, or do we hold on to Jesus, reject the world’s system, and suffer the consequences?
Make no mistake, those days are coming to America. They’ve already come to some of our brothers and sisters in other parts of the world. We need to be ready for them.
That’s why, as we celebrate this Thanksgiving season, I want to share with you why I think it’s more important than ever to understand the power of praise in thanksgiving to God. Our nation faces real and present dangers. As I report weekly on “The Hal Lindsey Report,” the threats are mounting and the odds appear to be impossible. But it’s precisely at those moments of darkness that the power of praise and gratitude to God can be our pathway to victory.
As you enjoy this Thanksgiving weekend, please remember to pray for Israel‘s protection and blessing. Not only are its defensive efforts condemned by the world, even its gestures of magnanimity are ridiculed. When Israel went against its own best interest and agreed to a ceasefire, Hamas began to loudly and facetiously declare victory. The Bible encourages us to pray for the peace of Jerusalem. Though we know that lasting peace will not be found until the Messiah Jesus returns to secure it Himself, it remains our duty and privilege to intercede on behalf of God’s people. Let’s continue to be faithful to that responsibility.