Lift Up Your Head

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The final Presidential debate of the 2016 election is tonight.
The final stages of the global financial Ponzi scheme are likely upon us.
The final period of peace before major war may be taking place right now.

With the current deluge of information – another few thousand files leaked every day, another pile of articles and reports to sort through, and another boatload of decisions to make and analyze – it can seem impossible to know where to look. The faster your head spins the harder it is to stay focused on anything. Even seasoned observers, veteran investigators, and commentators with substantial resources of time and manpower are unable to keep up with even a fraction of the whole picture.

So what are amateurs like us to do?

Unsurprisingly, the answer is as simple in theory as it is complex in practice: we must remain grounded in our worldview framework. When executed properly, this will allow us to maintain a proper macro perspective that can be applied to micro events. Abandoning our focus on worldview will immediately lead to psychological cyclones and even a capsizing of our cognitive capacities.

Remember the causal chain: worldview > values > priorities > decisions > actions > results

Our worldview ultimately determines our results across all arenas of life. My worldview of Biblical Christianity tells me that right now the most important concept to recognize is that there is significant evil afoot in the world. This leads to the idea that only a sovereign move of God can pull us back from the precipice and out of the pit that we have dug into in our own strength and our own will.

So what are we to do?

God’s mercy is limitless, and He is always searching for those who will follow Him with their whole being. We certainly don’t deserve God’s mercy. Not as individuals. Definitely not as a nation. Innocent blood is on our hands. But rather than detail the litany of horrific evils that we have tolerated and even participated in as a society, let’s get our focus straight and our foundation secure.

We’re on unsteady footing as a nation and as a culture. It almost feels like the entire civilization could be swept away at any moment. The fear of worldly outcomes can be paralyzing, yet the fear of the Lord is the beginning of all wisdom. We must, right now, with everything we have, cry out to God in the name of Jesus Christ. All those who are called by His name must intercede. We are seated in heavenly places with Christ Jesus, and if we don’t engage and live in the fullness of that role now, and I mean right now, then we will come to sorely regret our passivity.

If the Holy Spirit is stirring your heart, then you recognize the same feeling that I’ve had all week but particularly today: this is a now or never moment. The Lord is calling us to step up. Let us humble ourselves. Let us ask for forgiveness. Let us seek the face of God. Let us repent. Let us cry out for mercy. Let us intercede.

We need a reprieve that we don’t deserve. We need a reprieve that only God can provide.

Lord let your truth, justice, light, and power be revealed in such a way that even the most stouthearted believer would be overcome with awe of your glory. God arise and let your enemies be scattered. Please Jesus reveal our character as a nation in such an unmistakable way that it could no longer be covered, deflected, or obfuscated. Holy Spirit lead us to repentance, deliverance, and restoration.

This is a desperate hour, but in such times if our worldview foundation is strongly planted in Jesus we know how to respond. We can glorify the Lord and praise His name even while there is bitterness and Godly sorrow in our hearts.

Cry out now. Step out in faith. His Word is true. Jesus has overcome the world.

Lift up your head.

To You I will cry, O Lord my Rock:
Do not be silent to me,
Lest, if You are silent to me,
I become like those who go down to the pit.
Hear the voice of my supplications
When I cry to You,
When I lift up my hands toward Your holy sanctuary.


Do not take me away with the wicked

And with the workers of iniquity,
Who speak peace to their neighbors,
But evil is in their hearts.
Give them according to their deeds,
And according to the wickedness of their endeavors;
Give them according to the work of their hands;
Render to them what they deserve.
Because they do not regard the works of the Lord,
Nor the operation of His hands,
He shall destroy them
And not build them up.


Blessed be the Lord,

Because He has heard the voice of my supplications!
The Lord is my strength and my shield;
My heart trusted in Him, and I am helped;
Therefore my heart greatly rejoices,
And with my song I will praise Him.


The Lord is their strength,

And He is the saving refuge of His anointed.
Save Your people,
And bless Your inheritance;
Shepherd them also,
And bear them up forever.

Psalm 28

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