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By John Grant
John Grant is a former Florida State Senator and is a practicing attorney
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“If My people which are called by My name shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.�  2 Chronicles 7:14

During the last election cycle, yard signs, media commercials, bumper stickers and direct mail promoted CHANGE. It didn’t seem to matter that most people didn’t what kind of change it was, but figured they weren’t as happy or as prosperous as they could be and it was probably the government’s fault. So, the people voted for change whatever it might be……. just something different.

Well, I too think we need change and beginning of a new year is a good time to start. Let’s think about what garnered the headlines this year. The banking system collapsed because of bad loans made by greedy bankers and brokers. The automotive industry is on the verge of bankruptcy because executives travel on the most expensive corporate jets while producing cars priced higher than many consumers can afford to pay.

This past month, one of the largest firms on Wall Street closed its doors after its founder admitted it was one big Ponzi scheme and dozens of investors lost in excess of $50 billion. The same week, the governor of one state was indicted for allegedly putting a seat in the United States Senate up for auction, with the governor as the beneficiary. When he was booked, he became the second governor from that state behind bars.

An analysis of state government corruption conducted by USA Today in the wake of  the “pay-for-play� scandal ranking states by a “corruption index,� based on the number of public officials charged and arrested. Florida had more total arrests than any state in the union with 824 arrests of corrupt public officials.

It seems to me that in both the private and public sectors we have not an economic, but rather a character and integrity problem. The real challenges facing our land in the New Year are the systemic problems of insatiable greed as people orient themselves to power, possessions and position rather than humbling themselves before their creator.

The solution to your economic and corruption problems cannot be solved with government bailouts and the appointment of czars where corrupt public people oversee and regulate a corrupt and greedy private sector.

While some pull their hair not knowing how to solve our national problems, the answer is a close as the nearest Bible. More than 2500 years ago, Ezra complied the books of Chronicles and we find the answer for today’s problems in 2 Chronicles 7:14.

First it tells us that God sends judgment for our transgressions and we feel it when the Divine rod falls upon us. But, there is a formula for national redemption. We need only humble ourselves in prayer, seek God’s face and turn from our wicked ways. Then He promises to hear out our hearts, forgive our sin and heal our land.

So, if we want real change in 2009, may we as a nation fall to our knees and return to the Christian roots of this great land, praying that revival will sweep America. How can we ask God to bless America when America is not blessing God?

We can’t do it for everyone, but we each individually do it for ourselves, as we begin the year by falling on our knees, acknowledging our sin and asking for national forgiveness. May America indeed bless God in 2009.
(a thought on life from John Grant )

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By Sylvia Gunter
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Listen to the blessing of the Lord. Philemon 25 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit.” “How much more should we submit to the Father of our spirits and live!” (Hebrews 12:9).
   
Listen to Zechariah 12:1. “The Lord, who stretches out the heavens, who lays the foundations of the earth, and who forms the spirit of man within him…” Ezekiel 36:26 says, “I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you.”

I bless you with the understanding that your Creator, your heavenly Father, created and formed your spirit. I bless you with realizing that the very essence of who you are was placed deep within your spirit. There you carry the DNA of your heavenly Father. I bless you with a lifetime and lifestyle of discovering the character and nature of your Father and Christ in you the hope of glory. In discovering who God is, you uncover and awaken your spirit to who you are in him. I bless you with the good gift of God of an undivided heart, right desires, and a new spirit. I bless you with singleness and tenderness of heart to obey God as one who is truly his (Ezekiel 11:19, 18:31, 36:26).

 Beloved child, I bless you with distinguishing yourself from those of this world because of the excellent spirit, knowledge, and understanding your Father has placed within you (Daniel 5:12, 6:3). It is the spirit in a man, the breath of the Almighty, that gives you understanding (Job 32:8). I bless you with wholeheartedness and loyalty to your Father in your spirit that is different than others, so that all his good promises of blessings can be yours and you will have a full, rich spiritual inheritance (Numbers 14:24). I bless you with renewal of your spirit in the Lord (Ephesians 4:23). I bless you with being an example to the others in word, in conduct, in love, in spirit, in faith, in purity (1 Timothy 4:12 NKJV).

Be blessed with realizing your need for God, for he promises that the kingdom of heaven will be given to you (Mathew 5:3). I bless you with being steadfast and fixed upon God (Psalms 51:10). I bless you with the presence of the Holy Spirit who restores to you the joy of your salvation and makes you willing to live consistently in obedience to him and in harmony with him (Psalms 51:12). I bless you with commitment to guard your spirit to keep godly covenants with family members (Malachi 2:15-16).

 Be blessed with a spirit in whom there is no deceit (Psalms 32:2). I bless you with a spirit that is totally committed to the God of truth (Psalms 31:5.) Be blessed with the inner unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight (1 Peter. 3:4). I bless you with becoming strong in spirit, filled with wisdom and the grace of God (Luke 2:40 NKJV). You are blessed in the name of the Father of your spirit (Hebrews 12:9).

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