Recently our pastor, Jamie Estep at the Church of God, preached the most startling sermon that I have heard in years. He talked about a Barnum report stating that every six minutes, a person is dying and going to hell. He had asked several people to blow a whistle every six minutes. It was such a wakeup call that this is happening all around us, in our community, our nation and our world.
Right now, our nation is standing on the brink of total collapse. Where is the church and where are the prayer warriors? The Bible says in II Chronicles 7:14, "If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their evil, wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and I will heal their land."
Do we as the church really believe that? The general election is coming up soon, and I am asking that everyone who reads this will exercise their right vote on Nov. 6 or before.
I truly believe the Lord will heal our land if the Church rises up and takes the authority God has given us - and that is to pray and seek His face. The Bible says, "God has given us all power and all authority over all the works of the enemy and nothing by any means will harm us." (Luke 9:)
This nation was founded on the principles of God, and those who came here in 1610 to find religious freedoms suffered much. Don't let their sufferings be in vain. Now is the time to come together, pray, seek His face and repent.
I really believe God is calling us to be prepared for the coming days, not only physically, but spiritually.
My prayer for all of us is to take II Chronicles 7:14 very seriously and begin to search our hearts and see where we are spiritually, morally and physically at this time in our lives. We need to do some soul searching. God is calling us to take seriously what is going on in our nation and in our world.
Also, I want to remind everyone that the Randolph County Ministerial Association is sponsoring the Community Thanksgiving Dinner at the Independent Order of Odd Fellows building in Elkins on Thanksgiving Day, and everyone is welcome.