Joshua 1:9 (NKJV)
9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
I begin with the statement, “America, The United States of America is in trouble!” It is time for the church to stand and to stand firm. Who is God calling to lead America forward in His might and His power?
God does not call us to do things we can do in our own power and strength. God calls us to do the impossible. He calls us to do what only He can do through us. God will call us in situations that are impossible to handle on our own. We do not have the capacity, the strength, or the resources and we feel the weight of the calling, the burden taking us down.
Each time God called someone in the Bible He was there to go before the people. God called Moses to free the Israelites from slavery. God led them up to the Red Sea and an impassible, impossible place to cross. The Egyptian army was closing in on the Israelites. God parted the Red Sea.
The Midianite army was pressing in on Israel; God called Gideon. What was Gideon’s response to God? Judges 6:14–15 “Then the Lord turned to him and said, ‘Go in this might of yours, and you shall save Israel from the hand of the Midianites. Have I not sent you?’ 15 So he said to Him, “O my Lord, how can I save Israel? Indeed my clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my father’s house.” The emphasis is Gideon’s response in verse 15. Gideon knew he could not do what God called him to do. Gideon was right. Gideon could only do what God would do through him.
The Bible has many stories and illustrations of God’s call to people to do His work. Each calling was not to the strongest most equipped person. It was to those who were willing to allow God to work through them.
The church in America has the freedom to worship God. This freedom is hanging on a very thin line. Slowly the freedom of worship has eroded in this great nation. God’s call is not necessarily to those who are equipped to the calling. God will equip the called to do what He has called them to do.
20 Now may the God of peace who brought up our Lord Jesus from the dead, that great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, 21 make you complete in every good work to do His will, working in you what is well pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.