I will strengthen them in the LORD…

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“I will strengthen them in the LORD, and in His name they will walk,” declares the LORD.  ~  Zechariah 10:12

Calvin Coolidge
Thirtieth President of the United States (1923-1929), stated:

“The strength of our country is the strength of its religious convictions.  The foundations of our society and our government rest so much on the teachings of the Bible that it would be difficult to support them if faith in these teachings would cease to be practically universal in our country.”

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Zechariah 6 speaks of the four chariots, the four spirits of heaven, going forth after standing before the LORD of all the earth to patrol the globe.  The overriding purpose of the dreams and visions given to Zechariah is to show the people of God how great His love and care are for them and to provoke them to love and good works.  Our King is coming, and He will reign forever and ever!

Keep Your Eyes Focused on God

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I have the most animating confidence that the present noble struggle for liberty will terminate gloriously for America.  And let us play the man for our God, and for the cities of our God; whilst we are using the means in our power, let us humbly commit our righteous cause to the great Lord of the Universe [Psalm 37:5], who loveth righteousness and hateth iniquity [Hebrews 1:9].  And having secured the approbation of our hearts by a faithful and unwearied discharge of our duty to our country, let us joyfully leave our concerns in the hands of Him [1 Peter 5:7] Who raiseth up and pulleth down the empires and kingdoms of the world as He pleases [Daniel 2:21]; and with cheerful submission to His sovereign will [Job 22:21], devoutly say, “Although the fig tree shall not blossom neither shall fruit be in the vines, the labor of the olive shall fail and the field shall yield not meat, the flock shall be cut off from the fold and there shall be no herd in the stalls, yet we will rejoice in the Lord, we will joy in the God of our salvation” [Habakkuk 3:17-18].

~ Founding Father John Hancock, 1774

Let the faith of the founders, who found their joy in the Lord, be an encouragement that when our eyes are fixed on Him as the source of our joy, He who is King over everything can overrule the tyranny of our circumstance!

…and if I perish, I perish. ~ Esther 4:16

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Samuel Adams, one of the Founding Fathers and called “the Father of the American Revolution,” stated:

“The liberties of our country, the freedom of our civil Constitution, are worth defending at all hazards; and it is our duty to defend them against all attacks.  We have received them as a fair inheritance from our worthy ancestors: they purchased them for us with toil and danger and expense of treasure and blood, and transmitted them to us with care and diligence.  It will bring an everlasting mark of infamy on the present generation, enlightened as it is, if we should suffer them to be wrested from us by violence without a struggle or to be cheated out of them by the artifices of false and designing men.”

Constitutional Convention – Benjamin Franklin, July 28, 1787

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benjamin-franklin“In this situation of this Assembly, groping as it were in the dark to find political truth, and scarce able to distinguish it when presented to us, how has it happened, Sir, that we have not hitherto once thought of humbly applying to the Father of lights to illuminate our understandings? In the beginning of the Contest with G. Britain, when we were sensible of danger we had daily prayer in this room for the divine protection.  Our prayers, Sir, were heard, and they were graciously answered.  All of us who were engaged in the struggle must have observed frequent instances of a superintending providence in our favor.

“And have we now forgotten that powerful Friend?  Or do we imagine we no longer need His assistance?  I have lived, Sir, a long time, and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth: that God Governs in the affairs of men.  And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without his notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without his aid?

To that kind providence we owe this happy opportunity of consulting in peace on the means of establishing our future national felicity.  We have been assured, Sir, in the sacred writings, that “except the Lord build the House they labour in vain that build it.”  I firmly believe this; and I also believe that without his concurring aid we shall succeed in this political building no better, than the Builders of Babel: We shall be divided by our little partial local interests; our projects will be confounded, and we ourselves shall become a reproach and bye word down to future ages. And what is worse, mankind may hereafter from this unfortunate instance, despair of establishing Governments by Human wisdom and leave it to chance, war and conquest.

“I therefore beg leave to move – that henceforth prayers imploring the assistance of Heaven, and its blessings on our deliberations, be held in this Assembly every morning before we proceed to business, and that one or more of the Clergy of this City be requested to officiate in that Service.”

“There is a just God who presides over the destines of nations…”

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patrick-henry2On MARCH 23, 1775, Patrick Henry told the Second Virginia Convention in Richmond’s St. John’s Church:

“I consider it as nothing less than a question of freedom or slavery…
We have done everything that could be done to avert the storm….
Our petitions have been slighted; our remonstrances have produced additional violence…

“There is a just God who presides over the destines of nations…who will raise up friends to fight our battle for us.
The battle, sir, is not to the strong alone; it is to the vigilant, the active, the brave…
Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God!

“I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death.”