Aftermath

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I admit it.

The “I” that lingers nearby, that soulish side of me, is quite saddened by events that transpired yesterday. But the “no longer I” that dwells in me has a settled spirit today. I have utmost faith that the man God voted for–much as He voted for Nebuchadnezzar to czar over His own covenant people for a time–is in place. 

No hanging chad or voter fraud kept God’s choice from gaining the highest office in the land.  “It is He who changes the times and epochs; He removes kings and establishes kings…” (Dan 2:21)  Asaph declared, “God is the Judge! He puts down one and lifts up another…” (Ps 75:7)  The “no longer I” has not one shred of a doubt that God sovereignly decreed it from His Throne and His will was done in the earth.

So why Obama?

It seems clear to me: he isn’t George W. Bush. Many were swayed by rhetoric alone but many more just wanted change from the status quo.  And change they’ll get. The presently declining economy admixed with the now-former Senator’s policies will undoubtedly usher in some pretty dismal days.

The mills are rife with rumors: stronger government control. Through the roof taxation.  A more accomodating atmosphere for radical ideologies only seven years removed from 9/11. Expanding socialism. A welfare culture that rewards laziness. Just rumors? Perhaps. But take notice: nearly as many that voted for the man voted against the man and half the country is poised for the worst. I’ll go ahead and say it.  Judgment is beginning.  God is cleaning His house. He is preparing His Bride.

Would I have preferred a McPailin administration?

Depends on which “me” you’re addressing.  The ‘ego-me’ or the ‘no longer I’ me?  Right about now I’m putting duct tape over the ego-me’s mouth and renewing his/my mind. I’m putting that little guy in a prolonged time-out…crucifying him wouldn’t be such a bad idea either, come to think of it.

In summary, this ‘no longer I’ casts his vote for Jesus, knowing He has ALL authority in heaven and earth. Any ruler below heaven–even those that scare the stuffing out of the natural man and a quaking church–is a delegated authority and is subject to a Higher Authority. God’s Kingdom operates through authority.  It is everywhere. Government. Civil servants. Military. Employers. Pastors (couldn’t leave that one out). When Paul was admonishing us to submit ourselves to the authorities, it was a pretty mean dude who sat as Emperor–Nero–even though his maniacal years lie just ahead.

So, at around 11:00 last night, when Obama reached the magical number that would vault him into the White House as our 44th president, I jotted down some things that I believe came straight from the ‘no longer I’s’ frame of thinking.  I trust you’ll join me.

  • pray for President-elect Obama and the awesome task he has ahead of him and submit so long as his delegated reign does not interfere with the arch-reign of Jesus Christ
  • repent for a worldly, compromising, flaccid church that has stood idly by as satan’s kingdom has slowly knocked the lights out of this land
  • grieve for the sins of America–especially THE transgression of self-rule that typifies the ego-me
  • disentangle myself from all idols and attachments because everything that can be shaken will be shaken (Hebrews 12:25-29)
  • Do not fear man but trust the Lord
  • And then there’s this:

“Oh Lord, we know all is well. We trust Thee for all.
We love Thee increasingly. We bow to Thy will.”

Bow not as one who is resigned to some heavy blow about to fall or to the acceptance of some inevitable decision. Bow as a child bows, in anticipation of a glad surprise being prepared for it by one who loves it. Bow in such a way, just waiting to hear the Loving Word to raise your head, and see the Glory and Joy and wonder of your surprise.

–God Calling, October 28, p173

That’s called “no longer I” thinking…

21 thoughts on “Aftermath

  1. Alan Powell says:

    Well said Scott! I too would have preferred a different result in the election. However, I know that God has a plan. My trust is in Him. He has met my needs (and most of my wants) to this point, I believe that He can be trusted to continue to do so.
    Alan

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  2. Jerald says:

    These are the words that the church in America needs to hear. Thank you for putting them down so we can be reminded over and over what our mandate is.

    I had a mutual friend of ours call me this morning and he asked me a pretty telling question: “Did you vote for God’s man?”

    Well, I didn’t vote for God’s man. But I did pray for God’s man just this morning before I had looked at the computer or heard any news.

    I’m going to take to heart your suggestions and pray for President Obama and his staff. I’ll pray for him just like I pray for a niece – to come to know Christ as Lord.

    But more than anything I feel a need to pray for the church in America. And I need to pray for my own additude about my role in His kingdom where I live.

    Please write more Scott. We need to hear it. We need to be reminded of what Jesus taught us about living until He comes.

    Blessings,
    –Jerald

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  3. Marie says:

    Soooooo glad you’re back, however long.🙂

    I opened my Bible this morning to Hebrews and read 10:32-39 and was greatly encouraged. We shall live by Faith and not shrink back to destruction, but persevere.

    It is exciting to see God’s hand so obviously at work. Is this our opportunity to shine? Maybe I should reword that: Is this God’s last invitation to those who will choose Him and His plan and leave all else behind so that He can pour out His Spirit in power and show the world His Bride?

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  4. darla says:

    I didn’t vote for Obama, but I do see the things you wrote here. Thanks for writing this. I do believe it is time for the Bride to get ready, and repentance to happen among the children of God here in the US, corporately we have laid down and allowed the enemy to have full play here, while we debate over whether or not John 3:16 really means the whole world. Praying for this all too…and so glad to have you back.
    😆 I was thinking of coming here and if you weren’t here…just typing my own post in your comments! I am linking to this post…

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  5. praise365 says:

    Thank you for putting all this into perspective. This is an amazing post. God help us to be strong and bold for Christ.

    Peace

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  6. Thank you for putting into words so well the things I also believe we need to do now.

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  7. annie says:

    Great perspective, Scott! It’s so encouraging to me to see how many people (at least those around me) are looking at circumstances through the light of God’s Word! That is very encouraging! So thank you.

    Darla recommends you highly. 🙂 I’ll probably be back! Nice to ‘meet’ you!

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  8. Jeff says:

    Scotty–

    It blesses my heart deeply that you are blogging again. How I’ve missed your heart. Thank you for your sharing some wise counsel concerning the events of yesterday. Admittedly, I cried last night for a little while for the heart of our nation. This day, however, while on my way to work, I was encouraged by our loving Father that He is in control and knows the affairs of men. Be strong and of a good courage!

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  9. darla says:

    yup, me too still happy! 😆

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  10. darla says:

    Hey! is it next time yet? Do you want to play acroynms?? just checking… 😉

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  11. pasturescott says:

    hmmm…sounds interesting! How does one play???

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  12. darla says:

    come over and play on my blog…it is easy…just make up what ever group of words to match the letters of the word given…they don’t have to make sense, and the sillier the better, but serious is accepted too..I am so glad to see your smiling avatar!! such little things give me great joy!!!

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  13. darla says:

    Hello…Hello…Hello…please don’t go MIA..yep, slightly paraniod…looking for you wisdom…missing you…being pathetic.. 😉 yes you are used to me by now..

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  14. Martha L. Cunningham says:

    I waded first through Google and then your former blog to find you—I worked at Handi-Camp in 98-00 and 02-03. I live in Fort Oglethorpe-Do you remember this suburb of Chatt-town? I just asked my parents, and they remember your accident. I was 2 1/2, so I don’t remember it too clearly, but we had been in TN a couple years, and my dad was going to TN Temple. It still stands. I worked in an office in the building of the old Methodist Church across from the old auditorium—That’s how most buildings in that neighborhood are—old.
    I think the last time I saw you was as you drove off to take Graham for reparation to his badly broken leg—poor guy. I hope it healed well! I guess it’s been five years!
    This may mean nothing, but the last time you blogged on your old blog was the day after my first knee surgery. I’m in PT (again) and wearing a new brace in an attempt to make it remain my ONLY knee surgery! It is good to get things in perspective-to look at a 40-year-old friend with 8 and 10 year old boys and 1 and 4 year old foster children—who just had complete hip replacement.
    Not to mention people wheelchair bound for the rest of their lives-or all their lives since birth!
    I have the privilege from time to time to visit with an elderly lady, Miss Mary. She is 82 and has CP, has the wheelchair her father made for her 50+ years ago. As I feed her or help her with light housework, my heart travels back to Handi-Camp! My life has taken different turns, and I don’t expect to be able to spend my summers there again.
    I keep in touch with a few-Jeff and Emmy Ort (and four Ortlings), the Robinsons, of course, and one of the nurses, Cathi (Wagner) Meyers—and now am connecting with people via Facebook. I looked for you there. Do you know how many Scott Mitchells or Mitchell Scotts are on Facebook??? It turns out that a couple who married after working at Handi-Camp (unrelated events, I think) now live in Dalton, under an hour from me—and not much further from you!

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  15. Martha L. Cunningham says:

    oh, and I of course keep in touch with my sister and family-Stephen and Anna Wegner-montanawegners.blogspot.com

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  16. darla says:

    where are you again?? I keep looking for you, and you should know by now that I am not going to give up or go away…sooooo YOU ARE SO STUCK WITH ME! hahaha 😯 sorry nothing like a stranger yelling at you…love you brother…missing your thoughts, saying a prayer for you!

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  17. darla says:

    Happy Thanksgiving! love you! and praying for your joy today!

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  18. pasturescott says:

    Martha…did you have to point out you were an infant at the time of my life-altering accident???🙂 All those names you mentioned–breaths of fresh air and glorious memories: I remember them all! I understand about the transitions of life. HandiCamp will always be among my most treasured. I was HONORED to be asked each summer for (what?) eight, nine, ten years in a row as special speaker? More? Oh, and I remember that night of scurrying Graham and his broken leg off into the beyond…I will never forget all of you gathered around the van, praying for us, waving at us as we disappeared from view. I still get choked up. I miss them. Those weeks in NJ were special to us. Alas, pastorate has kept me from making those treks but I hope one day to reconnect with some of God’s most precious people on earth. Bless you for writing. You made my night!

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  19. pasturescott says:

    Ah, Darla with the cute dogs! Keep nagging…yikes! That’s WAY too strong a word. Keep, uh, uh, what? Tugging at my heartstrings! Yeah, that’s the right word! Keep being my sister who prods and pokes. I love it! I was humming a James Taylor song just this afternoon (“Thank You For Being A Friend”) and it seems appropriate to dedicate it to you today. I thank You, God, for blessing me with this kind friend. May Darla and her family (dogs too) be covered with your mercy, protection, provision and health in these special days. They are your kids and Your Body on earth is even more alive with them in it!

    May He make you smile from ear to ear today, Darla!

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  20. pasturescott says:

    Goodness me, Darla…shoulda looked closer at your avatar. Guess one of ’em is a polar bear. Reminds me, I’m needin’ a Klondike bar right about now…

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  21. darla says:

    Ahhhh! So good to hear from you! God is making me smile more so today than yesterday! must be answered prayer for you…you can pray that anytime! I can not understand why I picked this avatar…maybe partly wondering why the polar bear is not eating the Huskey…I have a huskey, not the lead dog…LOL as soon as I figure out how to put a new avatar it will be gone. Praying for you my friend…and praying for that new post I just know you have in the works..Love ya brother

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