By Roy Burner (Minister of the Gospel)
Stand in the gap for the land is a dire need in many nations who have taken a backseat, rather than being in the driver's seat, towards preventing the ungodly from infiltrating the land.
There are nations, and ungodly individuals, who seek to gain power by reducing the liberties of its inhabitants to control their movements and even their thoughts. We are witnessing chaos through failed leadership, and a lack of godly influences, that previously existed.
Scripture reveals: Now the Spirit speaks expressly (clearly), that in the latter times (which we are in) some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing (deceiving) spirits, and doctrines of devils; speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron (1 Timothy 4:1-2).
This Scripture concerned the church, in the Apostle's Paul day, which was being deceived by those who sought to undermine the Gospel message. We are seeing a similar situation because of a refusal to stand in the gap for the truth of God's Word; allowing deceit to undermine the truth, rather than standing for the Unadulterated (Pure) Word of God!
We are seeing a media that is bias in its reporting; concealing the truth to benefit a particular cause, planting seeds of half-truths. Rather than stand in the gap for the truth it once stood for; it now caters to the political ideology, or whatever force is behind its reporting. There are progressives (new term for Socialists) who are introducing destructive heresies that would undermine democracy to introduce Socialism.
Antonio Gramsci, along with others, were promoters of Socialism. He stated: Socialism is precisely the religion that must overcome Christianity. In the New Order, socialism will triumph by first capturing the culture via infiltration of schools, universities, churches, and the media by transforming the consciousness of society. What comes to pass is because the mass of citizens abdicate their response ability and let things be.
By refusing to stand in the gap for the land those who remain silent allow the growth of what is being presented. Napoleon, the French Emperor, stated: The World suffers not because of the violence done by the wicked but because the religious keep silence. Could this not be what is attributing to the growth of various factions in the land; people's failure to stand in the gap for the land?
The prophet Ezekiel, in speaking the words of the Lord said: The people of the land have used oppression, and exercised robbery, and have vexed (mistreated) the poor and needy: they have oppressed the stranger wrongfully. And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it; but I found none.
Therefore have I poured out my indignation upon them; I have consumed them with the fire of my wrath: their own way (deeds) have I recompensed upon their heads, saith the Lord (Ezekiel 22:29-31). A Bible commentary noted: The Lord himself confesses that He found no one to stand in the gap, to stem the tide that would eventually bring destruction.
The hedge mentioned represented what had been broken down through transgressions of the people, who exceeded all bounds of law and justice; no longer restrained from doing so, with no one to set a godly example for the good of the land, to pray for them as Moses did for the people of Israel; no repairer of the breach that had been made, no one to point out the good paths to dwell in. We are living in a day when are are seeing a duplication of what was mentioned in the days of Ezekiel!
Though one may feel like little David facing the giant Goliath; in taking a stand, that incident alone reflects that one can make a difference! However, it should be noted that David won the battle because God stood with him, especially since he was the only one in all of Israel willing to stand in the gap for the land!
A Sunday school commentary noted: One vote gave America the English language instead of German; one vote brought Texas into the Union; one vote saved a U. S. President from impeachment; and one vote gave the deciding vote for a U. S. President.
One may feel like their vote is unimportant; but it may be the very one that will make a difference in overriding the evils of our day, to rid the land of those who seek to dominate and dictate ungodly policies! One vote towards freedom; along with many others of such a nature, can make a difference between freedom or tyranny in the land!
Scripture reveals: The wicked are overthrown and are no more; but the house of the righteous shall stand (Proverbs 12:7). A Bible commentary noted: The wicked are overthrown as Sodom and Gomorrah; Babylon as a millstone into the sea and was no more, but the house of the righteous shall stand!
The house of the living God, the pillar of truth; its pillars firm and stable, the doctrines of it based on the Word of God which stands forever. Being the house of Christ, It will stand despite the persecutions of man, which shall not prevail!
Scripture reveals: There are many devices (plans) in a man's heart; nevertheless the counsel of the Lord, that shall stand (Proverbs 19:21). A Bible commentary noted: There are many devices in a man's heart to get wealth and riches; to obtain honor and glory among men; to gratify carnal lusts and sensual appetites; to do mischief to others, particularly the people of God; to hinder the cause and interest of Christ, through a mere outward profession of faith, not the genuine article.
Nevertheless the counsel of the Lord shall stand; never to be frustrated by the devices of man, the persecutions of wicked men; the craft of false teachers; and the ridicule of a profane world, but will continue till all the elect are gathered in, even to the end of the world.
Scripture reveals: Put on the whole armor of God that you may be able to stand against the wiles (schemes) of the devil (Ephesians 6:11). The whole armor of God consists of: Truth, Righteousness, Gospel of Peace, Shield of Faith, Helmet of Salvation, and the Sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God.
God has provided such for the believer in Christ to be ready, to expect and prepare for battle, against the evils of our day. That the believer may stand against the wiles of the devil; who is the enemy of Christ and His people; who is powerful and cunning, requiring the whole armor of God to oppose him and get victory over him.
Scripture reveals: Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walks about seeking whom he may devour (1 Peter 5:8). The Christian has been equipped to stand in the gap; in times of adversity, to be victorious and not defeated.
Scripture reveals: You have not gone up into the gaps (breaches), neither made up the hedge (built a wall) for the house of Israel to stand in the battle of the day of the Lord (Ezekiel 13:5).
The prophet Ezekiel noted that the people had not attempted to stand in the gap for the land that God would not destroy it, after having seen the sins of the people like a mighty torrent, opening the breach for the wrath and judgments of God to be poured out upon them.
There was no call for prayer made as intercession to God for them, no new wall which is generally made by the besieged within to stand; they instead opened themselves to the Judgment of God. There is a similar pattern today, in many lands, as evilness overrides the righteousness of God in the eyes of the people.
Scripture reveals: Were they ashamed when they had committed abomination? No, they were not at all ashamed, neither could (did not know how) to blush; therefore they shall fall among them that fall: at the time that I visit (punish) them they shall be cast down, saith the Lord (Jeremiah 6:15). There is evilness in the land, with God's Word openly flaunted, and ungodliness being relished rather than condemned.
Jeremiah attempted to stand in the gap for the land, as God's representative, in saying: Thus saith the Lord, stand you in the ways and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and you shall find rest for your souls. But they said, we will not walk therein (Jeremiah 6:16).
A Bible commentary noted: The people's stubborn refusal to walk in the traditional ways of true righteousness is often mentioned by Jeremiah. Moving in their own paths and following their own way could only lead to destruction. We are seeing a similar refusal in hearing the voices of those sounding alarm; with the way of unrighteousness more appealing than the righteousness of God.
The prophet Jeremiah, despite the people's rejection, continued to stand in the gap for the land, as God's messenger, speaking the words of the Lord, in saying: I set watchmen over you, saying, Hearken to the sound of the trumpet, but they said, we will not hearken (Jeremiah 6:17).
Their failure to repent instituted God's words of judgment: Hear, O earth; behold, I will bring evil (calamity) upon this people, even the fruit of their thoughts, because they have not hearkened to my words, nor to my law, but rejected it (Jeremiah 6:19).
A Sunday school commentary noted: It had to be difficult for Jeremiah always having to be the bearer of bad news, and always being rejected. Jeremiah was continually mocked by the people for bringing nothing but words of condemnation. His words enraged the people. He challenged their social and moral behavior. He held his ground and was not afraid to give them unpopular criticism.
There is a great need for more Jeremiah's to stand in the gap for the land that God will not destroy it, rather than remain silent, or being caught up in the cultural drift of today. Dereliction of duty (remaining silent) will not promote the necessary change needed; in a land that has drifted from its previous moral standing.
A Sunday school commentary noted: Will we allow the sanctifying Scriptures and the purifying blood of Christ to cleanse our heart and mind, or will we persist in sin-filled thinking and experience God's Judgment?
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