Like many of you I have been appalled at those who choose to live in America but then burn the flag and denounce the very freedom that allows them that ability.
If they lived in almost any other country, such actions would land them in jail–or worse.
It is a grievous act of dishonor against America.
Olympic bronze medal winner Gwen Berry recently made a public display of her disdain for America during the medal ceremony after her event. As our national anthem played, Berry turned her back and covered her face refusing to honor the very country that had allowed her to participate.
Sadly, she didn’t understand the price that had been paid so that she could be there—so that she could be free.
And therein lies the prophetic truth. America is a mirror of what has and is taking place in the supernatural when people renounce the gift of freedom given to them.
Our hearts are saddened and frustrated when people dishonor our nation.
But are we just as sad and dishonored when the world dishonors God?
What we saw on display is the same spirit that rejects Christ and the freedom of salvation offered through Jesus. It is a spirit of deception that creates offense and causes people to reject a treasure.
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Those who like Berry, put their hands on their hips (pride) turn their backs (reject) and close their eyes to the truth (deception) don’t understand the price that has been paid so they can be free. Berry’s act speaks of the rejection of earthly treasure (America). But it mirrors the rejection of eternal treasure (salvation through Jesus.)
Who walks away from an inheritance or treasure that belongs to them unless they don’t understand that it is theirs for the taking or its value?
That is the place where many are today. They are walking away from great treasure both naturally and spiritually.
What we are witnessing in the natural is simply a mirror of the battle taking place in the spirit realm. Berry’s action revealed the spirit of pride, which opens the door to offense. Offense always brings its twin–deception. This is the place of entry where people are deceived. This is why we see so many renouncing and rejecting the freedom they have been given.
Pride opens the door to offense which always brings its twin–deception. It is the start of INFECTION.
They have believed a lie. What lies have you believed?
Deception keeps them from honoring the One who paid the greatest price for us. They reject because within them is a spirit of rejection. They have embraced a lie and so cannot see the truth.
May we remember to pray diligently that this veil of deception be lifted off so that they can “come to their senses and escape out of the snare of the devil that has held them captive.”
While it’s easy to get angry at those who dishonor our nation and God, instead may it be our call to pray for them and forgive them. For most truly do not know what they do.
As we celebrate the 4th of July—our independence—may we pray for their independence from deception to know the Truth.
Lord, I pray that the eyes of our understanding would be enlightened that we would know the hope of our calling. That the spirit of deception that has been poured out like a blanket upon the world, would be lifted so that people can see, know and receive the truth. May we recognize that it is a privilege and honor to live in America, but more importantly that it is a privilege and honor to be able to receive salvation and live with You and for You. Thank you Lord for this nation.