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BRINGING AMERICA BACK TO GOD
Dr. Stan Coffey
You may think, "What can I do in bringing America back to God? I'm only one individual." Maybe you even think, "I'm not an individual of importance; I'm not an individual of influence. What can I do as an individual for my country? What can I do as an individual to be a part of what God is wanting to do in bringing our nation back to Him?" We're going to learn that God picks the most unlikely people in the most unlikely circumstances many times to be that person that He's going to use. It's a great lesson in how God can use any of us, no matter what we think our inabilities are. We're going to study about a man named Gideon. Gideon felt that his family wasn't important; he felt that his background was not significant; he felt that he didn't have any personal leadership qualities. He felt totally incapable and inadequate, and yet God chose him and raised him up and used him.
There are some tremendous parallels between Israel of that day and America of today. As we look at this story, the first thing we're going to see is the defeat of a nation. The nation of Israel, it seems, always went through a cycle. They would have the BLESSINGS of God (God would bless them and prosper them and give them good times), they would go into REBELLION (rebel against God, disobey God, forget God, and turn their back on God because times were good and they felt they didn't need God). God would bring RETRIBUTION (God would raise up an enemy, and the enemy would come against them). Then there would come REPENTANCE (they would cry out to God for help, and God would always rather restore than to judge). He's a good God and a loving God, so when they would cry out to God, He would hear their cry. "If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, ...
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