TURNING A NATION TO GOD
By Ron McGatlin
The Ancient of Days with the Wisdom from eternity past is releasing a people of His name to fulfill His heart of everlasting Love and bring forth His will on earth. These are those that are given in the Lord to possess the kingdom of God (Dan 7:13-22).
Before there was time, eternal Almighty Spirit God elected to Father all creation into existence. Spirit Father God created all that exists in creation whether visible or invisible, celestial or terrestrial. All was created from His all-inclusive, all-loving, all-knowing, all-wise, and all-powerful Spirit Being.
The heavens with all their glory exude from God and proclaim His majesty. The vastness and beauty of His immeasurable creation proclaims the awesome glory of God. However, in all of His creation, only man is made in the image and likeness of God. Only mankind can be carriers of Spirit God in earthly bodies that are designed to be the temple of God on earth.
Mankind has a special place in creation as the one created spirit being in an earthly body that is designed to relate to God in intimate communion. To communicate with God and literally become one with Him is unique to mankind among all the vast creation of God. Only mankind can actually experience the love of God and fully return love to Him in a personal way that fulfills and completes the highest order of all creation. There is no higher order in life than intimately knowing God and being intimately known by Him.
The strength of a nation flows from God.
The strength of a man and subsequently the strength of a nation is found in fulfilling the highest purpose of intimately communing with God, knowing Him and being known of Him.
The nation or tribe that is made up of people who intimately relate to God, who are guided and empowered by the indwelling Spirit of God, is a delight to God and will prosper in His love and blessings. Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD (Psalm 33:12).
Adversely the nation that turns to other gods and turns its back to the one true God of all creation brings its own suffering and eventual demise upon itself. The love and mercy of God is longsuffering and will provide a place of repentance, a space of time to turn to God.
Because man is made in the image and likeness of God, the choice remains with him to continue following false gods or to turn in repentance to the true God of love. Only man can make the decision to turn to God, receive His great love, and love God with his whole heart and life.
There is no such thing as a nation without some form of god. What we might call a godless nation is actually a nation that has replaced the true God of all creation with other false gods. Man is designed to believe something and passionately pursue and ascribe great value to something or someone.
What we attribute great value to and passionately pursue in life is what we worship. It becomes our god or gods. We make our gods from the creature or the creation rather than worshiping the creator, the true God. Perhaps the most prevalent worship of the creature is the worship of self, self-pleasure, self-righteousness, self-rule, or independence and so on. The most prevalent worship of the creation involves the lust of the eyes and the pride of life and can take many forms.
How can a nation be changed to worship the one true God?
More specifically letís consider how can America and the other western nations be turned to God? The answer will be the similar for all nations. In practical terms of reality, what can cause nations to turn to the true God, and how can it come to pass?
Certainly, the things that have been tried in the past have failed to complete the job of bringing the nations of the world to worship the one true God. Every government of every nation in history has run its course and failed to become the fullness of Godís purpose and plan. The whole world knowingly or unknowingly awaits something that will bring satisfaction in the hearts of mankind and peace on earth.
In the worldís terms, the search is for happiness. This search invariably leads to a sense of lack or need for something more to bring happiness which, in turn, leads to pursuit of some force or strength beyond oneself. Without the knowledge and experience of the true God, many false gods promise to help provide the lack or need. Eventually this pursuit of false gods always leads to evil with destructive consequences. As mankind tries to gain temporary happiness more and more is needed to satisfy the need. More intensity, more frequency of the substance or activity leads to obsession and all out consuming of the life by the false god.
As long as the false gods seem to be working for the person or the nation, there is little or no desire to consider change.
God in His love will do what is needed to bring all who will into the revealed wisdom of the real need and the real answer to fully meet the need.
Two Parts to the Answer
The first part of the answer of turning a nation to God is that the end of serving false gods be seen and recognized for what it really is by the people and especially by the leaders of the nation.
The second part of the answer is that the people begin to see the reality of the kingdom of God. The revelation and demonstration of the kingdom of love must be seen by the people and again especially the leaders of the nation.
For the past two millennia God has been working with mankind bringing the whole world toward these two parts of turning the nations of the world to the one true God.
The nations of the world have been allowed to set up and pursue every imaginable false god of their own making. Again and again failure and despair is the final result.
Mankind has been allowed to explore and pursue every conceivable path of governance and life apart from the true God. Now in this day a strong remnant of Godís people have become wise enough to see there is no other way to life apart from Father God through Christ Jesus by the indwelling Spirit of God.
Now for the first time in this two thousand year historical journey the KINGDOM OF GOD is being widely proclaimed and demonstrated. For the first time the people are beginning to hear and receive the true gospel of the kingdom. For the first time there are many people that make up a remnant of people who are ready and willing to truly give their lives to the Lord for His use in proclaiming His kingdom to the nations.
The Two Parts of the Answer are Happening Now!
Tribulation is happening now!
Great tribulation is the result of the world pursuing other gods and turning from the true God. The result of this is the widespread destruction of all that has lifted itself against God. This is only a part of how a nation is turned to God.
The people and the nations who will receive it are offered a pardon and release of all condemnation by the mercy of God through receiving Christ Jesus as Lord of their lives. The Spirit of God will transform them and place them in the army of kingdom people. Thus the end of their ungodly life of pursuing false gods will be stopped and the world is made better by it.
Those who will not receive Christ Jesus and His kingdom as Lord of their lives will come to a sudden end brought about by the natural results of evil in this world. This will end the portion of evil disorder in the world that was caused by their lives of worshiping false gods. This is not Godís plan and desire but is completely caused by the natural results of evil in the world.
The kingdom is manifesting now!
A pure and holy people are being formed who love God with their whole hearts and are receiving the revelation of the true gospel of the kingdom. From every part of the world and from many ethnic groups and many religious nations, the kingdom of God on earth is becoming their passion and their reality. Every aspect of life is being or will be touched by the message of the kingdom of God now in their lives in Christ Jesus by the Holy Spirit.
God sent His only begotten Son with the message of the kingdom of heaven on earth and mankind made a religion of it. He has now sent His resurrected Son now into our hearts by the Holy Spirit to bring forth His kingdom on earth. Religion is and will be fading away making room for the relational kingdom of Christ on earth in His many membered body and Bride.
ONLY GOD CAN TURN A NATION
The plan and purpose of God from the ancient ages is coming to pass in our time. People and nations must now conform to the will and ways of God and His kingdom. There is no other way to turn a nation and transform our world. We all have a part in the manifesting of the kingdom of God. It is time to rise up and step into the fullness of our part and place in the kingdom. The supernatural spiritual works of God are available to all who will fully turn to God with their whole hearts. Babylon is burning, and the New Jerusalem is coming down from heaven to earth to rule and reign in His pure and holy people.
Today is our day of the Lord.