I John 5:1-5 Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and everyone who loves the father loves his child as well. This is how we know that we love the children of God: by loving God and carrying out his commands. This is love for God: to obey his commands. And his commands are not burdensome, for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith. Who is it that overcomes the world? Only he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God.
Wednesday Christians nationwide are joining together for a national day of prayer and fasting for America.
From the article on ChristianPost.com
Participants will pray and confess their sins to God and commit to obeying His laws in hopes that God will rescue the country from its current economic crisis.
“America’s greatest need is to cry out to God about the sins in America, humble ourselves in prayer and start obeying what God says in the Holy Bible,” said prayer host Steve Krotoski of Pray Daily America, in a statement.
“Jesus Christ is our hope. He died for our sins and rose from the dead,” Krotoski said. “Every day more and more people realize our nation’s sins are great and want to return to obedience to God in our government, families and communities, as America’s founders did.”
The prayer event’s host noted that America’s founders were political Christians and they also held days of prayer and fasting for the country.
“Following Jesus is the way out of the bad economy,” Pray Daily America stresses. “Obedience is what made America the number one country in the world.”
As part of the event, which is described as a “celebration of returning to God,” Pray Daily America will produce a special TV show called “In God We Trust” that will be shown on www.PrayDailyAmerica.com’s Web site on March 4 at 6 pm. The ministry plans to air the program on TV stations as they receive donations.
Christians and pastors regardless of denominations are urged to gather together and pray. The ministry notes that many churches hold regularly gatherings on Wednesday and can easily incorporate a prayer time into their session.
“For me, to live is Christ to die is gain.” Philippians 1:21
What a powerful verse. In this passage, the Apostle Paul is in jail (yet again) and is writing to the church at Philippi. His discussion here is that should he be allowed to live, it will continute to be for Christ, but should he die, his gain is heaven. Paul is actually torn about which he should hope for. As we read in verse 22-23, “If I am to go on living in the body, this will mean fruitful labor for me. Yet what shall I choose? I do not know! I am torn between the two: I desire to depart and be with Christ, which is better by far; but it is more necessary for you that I remain in the body.”
Paul realized the importance of his time here on earth spreading the gospel. In fact, he referred to his imprisonment as being in chains for Christ. Author C.S. Lewis offers this quote, “The glory of God, and, as our only means to glorifying Him, the salvation of human souls, is the real business of life.” Both of these men understood that the “purpose” of our lives is to live for Christ, advancing the Gospel and spreading the message of Salvation. How much more focused on Christ would our lives be if we had this outlook. That even in the direst circumstances, of awaiting potential death like Paul, we can stand and say, “For me, to live is Christ to die is gain.”