Lord, forgive me for not thanking You for all You have done, and are doing, and will do for me and my family. You have given us great freedom that allows us to worship You, and express to all who You are. You have always met our needs, and have given us a great future with You. Lord, help me never to forget what You have done.
Lord, Your word says that when I refuse to confess my sin it drains my strength. I waste away from within, and groan all day long. But, there is great joy when my sin is forgiven, and put out of Your sight! When I finally confess all my sins to You, and stop trying to hide or justify them, You will forgive and give me Your peace. Therefore, I will confess my rebellion to You and know that all my guilt is gone!
Son, when you seek Me, willing to confess your sins to Me, I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you. Many sorrows come to those who refuse to confess their sins. But, My unfailing love surrounds those who trust Me and obey My Word. So rejoice, be glad, and shout for joy, because I have forgiven you and your heart is pure in My sight!
Son, just like when you refused to confess your sin, it is the same for any nation that refuses to confess their sins to Me. Your forefathers knew this and were careful to do it, but today your country is full of idols; the people are madly in love with them. Their stubbornness to confess comes from thinking their wealth can save them, and no one harm will come their way. But, they will not go unpunished, for the day of reckoning will arrive; the day when I will punish the wicked. It will begin when I strike their water supply, causing it to dry up.
“You do well to wish to learn our arts and ways of life, and above all, the religion of Jesus Christ. These will make you a greater and happier people than you are. While we are zealously performing the duties of good citizens and soldiers, we certain ought not to be inattentive to the higher duties of religion. To the distinguished character of Patriot, it should be our highest glory to add the more distinguished character of Christian. The blessing and protection of Heaven are at all times necessary but especially so in times of public distress and danger. The General hopes and trusts that every officer and man will endeavor to live and act as becomes a Christian soldier, defending the dearest rights and liberties of his country. I now make it my earnest prayer that God would… most graciously be pleased to dispose us all to do justice, to love mercy, and to demean ourselves with that charity, humility, and pacific temper of the mind which were the characteristics of the Divine Author of our blessed religion.”
“Being a Christian… is a character which I prize far above all this world has or can boast. The Bible… is a book worth more than all the other books that were ever printed. Righteousness alone can exalt America as a nation. Whoever thou art, remember this; and in thy sphere practice virtue thyself, and encourage it in others. The great pillars of all government and of social life [are] virtue, morality, and religion. This is the armor, my friend, and this alone, that renders us invincible. This is all the inheritance I can give to my dear family. The religion of Christ can give them one which will make them rich indeed.”
Lord, You see the troubles of this great land, and you care about the anguish of Your children. Therefore, I am trusting You. My future is in your hands. Help me to realize how great is the goodness You have stored up for those who fear You. You lavish it on those who come to You for protection, blessing them before the watching world.