Posts by Susan Pons
A Devotional from Susan Pons
The word of the Lord came to Jonah son of Amittai: “Go to the great city of Nineveh and preach against it, because its wickedness has come up before me.” But Jonah ran away from the Lord…(Jonah 1:1-3)
Jonah’s father’s name was Amittai, which means, “My truth”; for God’s prophets should be sons of truth. What an honor that God would send His word to Jonah to be delivered to Nineveh…a city great in number; great in wealth; great in power—but, sadly, great in wickedness. The book of Jonah shows us that peoples who were outside of the Mosaic covenant relationship with Jehovah were accountable to Heaven’s moral law. But…God so loved the world. God so loved Ninevah. God so loves America. Because Jonah had received the word of the Lord, he became responsible for its delivery to a people who were on the edge of the wrath of God destroying them. Three profound lessons in less than three verses: (1) God gives words of warning to peoples who go against His moral laws; (2) He expects His word of warning to be delivered; (3) But…the chosen deliverer of His warning should not run away.
Neither should we.
What days and times we are living in as Christians! In the past, you and I have made a difference in this beloved nation we call America. As surely as Pearl Harbor was attacked, December 7, 1941, and brought us into war; as surely as New York City was attacked, September 11, 2001, and brought us into war…in the spiritual realm, the attack on Christianity and our survival as a Christian nation is happening moment by moment, day by day forcing us into an unprecedented warfare where we will embrace the great commission to preserve our identity as a nation founded on God’s principles or simply yawn at the destructive events transpiring around us. Jesus clearly states, If you are lukewarm I will spit you out of my mouth (Revelations 3:16).
So, on this subject of lukewarmness…why should Christians vote?
I was crushed…so much so that I despaired even of life, but that was to make me not rely on myself, buy on the God who raises the dead. (2 Corinthians 1:8-9)
What other faith in this world expresses such experiences in truth such as this scripture? Therefore I am well content with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties, for Christ’s sake for when I am weak, than I am strong. (2 Corinthians 12:10) Or, how about this one?…
We are living in a day when we desperately need godly leadership in our country. How wonderful it would be to have a godly president, for example, to help lead us back to Him! But rather than looking to the past for hope and inspiration, today we look forward, asking God for a future full of bright lights – those who are unashamed of Him and eager to serve in every sphere of influence.
Dear Heavenly Father,
Today is President’s Day. We wanted to write a stunning article about the forty-four presidents You have given us through the 239 years of our nation. But, today we feel we should pray.
I was reading in the book of Ephesians this morning, and my eyes were suddenly glued to chapter 4 verses 1-3. I suppose because The Inn is a forty year-old ministry to the reconciliation of families, I found a new light shining in this scripture:
I, therefore, the prisoner in the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, making every effort to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
“For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and cleave to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh. This is a great mystery, but I speak concerning Christ and the Church. Nevertheless, let each one of you in particular love his own wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband.“ — Ephesians 5:31-33
What a high calling marriage is! The first command God gives to man following the creation of woman is to leave mother and father and cleave to his wife (Genesis 2:24). Adam did not have earthly parents, which makes this scripture, written in the beginning, even more extraordinary and weighty.
Remembering our Roots on This 4th of July!
Charles Finney (1792-1875)
We desperately need a Charles Finney in our country today. In these turbulent times in our nation, Christians must stand and cling to their God given, pre-ordained place in the affairs of our America. Finney states it best:
The Church must take right ground in regards to politics….The time has come for Christians to vote for honest men, and take consistent ground in politics or the Lord will curse them…
God cannot sustain this free and blessed country, which we love and pray for, unless the Church will take right ground.
Politics are a part of a religion in such a country as this, and Christians must do their duty to their country as a part of their duty to God… God will bless or curse this nation according to the course Christians take in politics.
Charles Finney understood the roots our America were founded upon. It was a spiritual happening when the Pilgrims landed on our shores;
As July continues to unfold with interns, families and staff, we take great pride and thankfulness to live in our America -“One nation under God.” One of our great privileges is to instill in all those who come our way is the truth of “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord.” (Psalms 33:12).
Yesterday, I was reminded of Thomas Paine’s quote that publicized the travail of a nation yet to be born…“These are the times that try men’s souls.” Many in our nation feel the trying of our very beings concerning the survival of our individual and national souls. There is a reason for this: the trying of our souls, as a nation, has been so very great because the selling of our American souls is taking place day by day. The trying of a soul is good. It challenges us to choose between truths and lies. The selling of a soul is quite the opposite. It closes the eyes to truth and sinks human lives into apathetic, tragic and heartbreaking deceit.
How have we sold our souls as a nation? I’ll give just a few of my beliefs that I never imagined would be questioned during my lifetime: