"I will bless those that bless thee" - Genesis 12:3
The Spirit of the Lord is speaking to believers in this land about national repentance, and through them to the nation at large. We usually think of repentance as applying only to individuals, but the Bible puts much emphasis on collective, or national, repentance.
While Isaiah chapter 5:1-7 refers specifically to the nation of Israel, it also clearly reveals God's ways of dealing with any nation. A believing obedient nation is divinely hedged and protected. A nation that goes into apostasy and disobedience is deprived of this protection and is overrun by its enemies - with disastrous consequences for all its people.
God has declared that both individual and national wellbeing depend on obedience to His wise standards. Proverbs 14:34 declares that "righteousness exalts a nation while sin is a reproach to any peoples." Psalm 9:17 announces that 'the wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God."
During this twentieth century the majority of Canadians have turned away from the God of their fathers, and have become apostate and forgotten God. Psalm 14:1 sums it up by saying "the fool has said in his heart there is no God."
This apostasy is definitely related to the three philosophies that have appeared and been propagated in the first half of this century: Darwin's evolution which denies creation, Freud's higher animal view of man, and Karl Marx's dialect materialism which holds that man, not God, is in charge of history and redemption.
But God says otherwise:
At what instant I shall speak concerning a nation, and concerning a kingdom. to pluck up, and to pull down, and to destroy it; If that nation against whom I have pronounced, turn from their evil, I will repent of the evil I thought to do unto them. And at what instant I shall speak concerning a nation, and concerning a kingdom, to build and to plant it; If it do evil in my sight. that it obey not my voice, then I will repent of the good. wherewith I said I would benefit them. (Jeremiah 18:7-10)
God is merciful. Judgment is only applied as a last resort. when 'their cup of iniquity is full." Partial judgments are warnings and a signal from God that there must be a return to Him and to His ways - for He will in His love abundantly pardon and heal us.
Jeremiah cried, "0 Lord, I know that the way of man is not in himself: it is not in man that walketh to direct his steps. 0 Lord correct me, but with justice; not in thine anger, lest Thou bring me to nothing."
There is one sure way back into God's favour and blessing - by a return to righteousness. God promises to do His part: "When the enemy comes in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord shall raise up a standard against him." (Isaiah 59:19)
That standard is the Word of God. Will we do our part. which is to proclaim the standard from sea to sea?
Canadians will either return to God, or wish they had. God will not be mocked, and many misinterpret His loving patience.
Our nation is poised for revival or judgment. We are in a spiritual crisis. Ungodliness has brought unrighteousness. Rebellion, perversion, blasphemy and filth stalk the land.
A former Canadian Prime Minister, who engaged in occult practices, closed our doors to Jewish immigration during the years 1933 to 1948; the years they needed to escape the Holocaust. After the war Nazis could come to Canada, but Jews were not welcome. Canada changed this policy in 1948 - after the Jews didn't need us!
Make no mistake about it, the need for repentance is urgent and the time is short.
Hear our prayer 0 Lord. Convict us of evil in Your sight. and grant us the gifts of repentance and faith.
O LORD, SAVE OUR LAND!
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