Words In The Wind (c)
Preparations, an interesting word. People prepare for all kinds of things. Not only do we prepare for daily events but we prepare for future events. But it is not just events people prepare for. Parents prepare their children for “adulthood” (I really hate that word). People prepare for careers. Companies prepare to introduce new products or services through test runs and feedback. People prepare their finances and there are those who prepare food and food storage. But how many people prepare to meet God?
Hebrews 9:27-28 KJV “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:
 So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.”
I am not talking about a cavalier attitude in meeting God. I am talking about preparing to stand before God Almighty as your Judge. Did you ever ask yourself what did this or that person do that made God angry with what they did?
This post is going to be a little different than our normal posts. Why? Because I always look to the Lord to guide me in this blog and the posts and this morning when I woke up, one word I heard, Nicolaitans. I knew the word and knew God was upset with them. The Lord knew I wanted to address America’s national day of prayer in the blog today. I learned God wanted me to use the Nicolaitans as my example for the National Day of Prayer.
You see, America has set, as a nation, one day aside for the whole country to pray unto God Almighty, the God of the holy scriptures, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the only true Almighty God. On the National Day of Prayer, at 12 o’clock noon, every American is asked to pray for our country and for our leaders. It doesn’t matter what time zone because prayers go up for several hours as the time zones come into play. People around the country pray, Congress prays and yes, even the President of the United States prays.
When I heard the word Nicolaitans, I knew I had to see what God was telling me. I knew God mentioned the Nicolaitans in Revelation, so I looked it up. Revelation 2:6 KJV “But this thou hast, that thou hatest the deeds of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate.”
Notice God does not say he hates the people, but he hates their deeds, their works. Naturally, you have to ask, what were or what are their deeds? I use a Bible Dictionary that has a copyright of 1859, a first edition, and it says in the preface, ” for use in Schools”. This was taught in America’s public schools before the leaders in government took over public education under President Johnson in the 60s. This Bible Dictionary references Revelation 2 but it doesn’t go into much detail other than saying these were religious people teaching heresy.
But Webster’s 1828 Dictionary adds the Nicolaitans were a sect of an ancient “Christian Church” . They taught licentious practices. Another words, their morals are in the gutter. They are unrestrained and have excessive indulgences of liberty in sinful deeds and practices.
You know I am a grace teacher but I also state, use not your liberty to sin against God. The Nicolaitans teach you can do anything, even sin because of grace. Scripture teaches you can do anything because of grace but use not your liberty for an occasion for the flesh. Galatians 5:13 KJV “For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.”
The Nicolaitans not only had an impact on believers at Ephesus as Revelation 2:6 tells us but look at the church at Pergamos in Revelation 2:12-17. Look at verse 15. Revelation 2:15 KJV “So hast thou also them that hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitans, which thing I hate.”
Friends, it is not a matter of legalism but a matter of be ye holy for I am holy saith the Lord of hosts. And it is not just Americans that need to heed God’s word, but all nations. So as America has a National Day of Prayer, my prayer is at 12 o’clock noon, where ever you are, you will stop and pray to God Almighty and ask him to forgive you of all your sin and the sin of your nation. And ask him to save you.
If you don’t know what to pray, just remember, just saying words of a prayer does nothing. You have to mean what you say, from deep in your heart when you pray or else it is just “words in the wind(c)”.
If you don’t know what or how to pray for your nation and yourself you might pray something like the folliwing:
Heavenly Father, you are holy and righteous and I have sinned against you and my country has sinned against you. Our moral character has fallen into sin Lord. Please forgive us and restore me and my family and my country. Help strengthen us in our inner man as individuals and as a nation, by your Holy Spirit. Help Christ Jesus to live in our heart by faith and teach us and guide us as individuals and as a nation to not only live for you Lord but also work for you and righteousness. Please guide and strengthen our leaders and teach them to always come to you for direction and salvation. Thank you Heavenly Father. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, Amen.
Set your alarm on your phone to go off at 5 minutes before noon so you can prepare your heart and mind to pray. Until next time.