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The Daily Brief Wednesday, November 7, 2012
"As for Me, this is My covenant with them," says the Lord: "My Spirit which is upon you, and My words which I have put in your mouth shall not depart from your mouth, nor from the mouth of your offspring, nor from the mouth of your offspring's offspring," says the Lord, "from now and forever." (Isaiah 59:21)
The Daily Brief
1. Obama wins second term - Washington Times
President Obama won re-election to the White House on Tuesday night, holding together enough of his hope-and-change coalition to repeat his historic 2008 election and surviving a sluggish economy and a fractured electorate that desired a change but failed to find Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney a credible alternative.
His renewed lease on the White House gives him a chance to see his health care law take full effect in 2014, another opportunity to push for the tax increases he declared to be part of his campaign mandate, and pressure to deliver on his promise of immigration reform. Still, Mr. Obama and Vice President Joseph R. Biden enter their second terms somewhat wounded. Mr. Obama becomes only the second president in history to win a second term with fewer Electoral College votes than his first win - meaning he returns to the White House with a limited mandate.
He also will be facing a divided Congress, where Republicans kept control of the House and Democrats maintained their majority in the Senate. Read more.
- Lord God Almighty, Everlasting Ruler and Lord of Love, we submit our hearts, our dreams and our families - to You alone! We do not put our trust in "princes," nor in a son of man, in whom there is no help."(Ps.146:3) In You we take shelter; teach us to both perceive and to do Your will in all our earthly circumstances, even as we are watching the unfolding events of Your soon coming. May all that happens in the days ahead serve to draw us closer to You as laborers in the great end time harvest; walking in Your grace and power to the eternal glory of Your name, Lord Jesus! We look up!!
- " Only be sure as citizens so to conduct yourselves [that] your manner of life [will be] worthy of the good news (the Gospel) of Christ, so that whether I [do] come and see you or am absent, I may hear this of you: that you are standing firm in united spirit and purpose, striving side by side and contending with a single mind for the faith of the glad tidings (the Gospel). And do not [for a moment] be frightened or intimidated in anything by your opponents and adversaries, for such [constancy and fearlessness] will be a clear sign (proof and seal) to them of [their impending] destruction, but [a sure token and evidence] of your deliverance and salvation, and that from God. For you have been granted [the privilege] for Christ's sake not only to believe in Him (adhere to, rely on, and trust in), but also to suffer in His behalf. So you are engaged in the same conflict which you saw me[wage]." (Philippians 1:22-30 AMP)
2a. Democrats keep grasp on control of Senate - Washington Times
Republicans fell short Tuesday night of their goal of winning control of the Senate, after a campaign beset with weak candidate recruitment and self-inflicted gaffes in some of the GOP's most promising races. From Massachusetts to Montana, in 10 competitive Senate contests, Republicans in late returns were poised to pick up as many as three Senate seats from Democrats. But Democrats also picked up at least three seats from the GOP, allowing Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada and his troops to maintain their control of the chamber. Read more.
2b. GOP holds House; Boehner apt to remain Speaker - Washington Times
Republicans retained control of the House in Tuesday's elections, according to television network projections that showed Democrats falling short of the 25 seats they needed to win to take back the chamber.
- Lord, let Your power be revealed for righteousness in those Congressmen and Senators who do Your will, that they may exalt you as they obey the Constitution and Bill of Rights. Give those who do right, the favor and authority to exercise the balance of powers in our governing structure, in spite of the nearly 1,000 Executive Orders issued by President Obama during the last 3 1/2 years in which he exponentially increased power in the executive branch. We pray in Jesus' name, for Davids and Deborahs to arise, for with You, one can put a thousand to flight!
- "Those who forsake the law praise the wicked, but such as keep the law contend with them." (Proverbs 28:4)
3. Gay Marriage Gets First Ballot Wins - Wall Street Journal
Americans for the first time approved gay marriage at the ballot box on Tuesday, pointing to changing attitudes on the divisive issue.
In Maine and Maryland, voters approved ballot initiatives to begin allowing same-sex unions. Those wins mark a first for a cause that had previously been rejected by voters in more than 30 states, including as recently as 2009 in Maine. And in Minnesota, where gay marriage is already not allowed, voters declined to back an initiative that would enshrine in the state's constitution a definition of marriage permitting only a union between a man and woman.
In Washington state, where voters also weighed an initiative to legalize gay marriage, the vote count was expected to stretch on for days. With half of the vote counted as of 3 a.m. Eastern time, nearly 52% supported the idea. Six states plus the District of Columbia already had allowed gay marriage. . .
Gay-rights groups say they were emboldened to take their cause back to the ballot box by research showing American attitudes reached a turning point. A national poll by The Wall Street Journal/NBC News in March found 49% favored gay marriage, and 40% opposed it. In 2009, in the same poll found only 41% supported gay marriage, and 49% opposed it.
Evan Wolfson, founder of national gay-rights group Freedom to Marry. "We are going to continue winning over more hearts and minds, forging the majority we have already built and continuing to win more states." The Maryland initiative's largest base of support came among voters under the age of 29, the Associated Press reported.
- Lord it becomes increasingly clear that we, as the Body of Christ, have not impacted our nation with the truths of Your Word as we should have. We repent Lord, knowing that judgement begins at the house of God. In loving the homosexual, help us to make a difference in our public schools and communities where homosexuality is presented in a positive light, so our youth will not be swayed into accepting what You call "perversion" as healthy or normal. In Jesus' name we pray.
- "Although they know God's righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them." (Romans 1:32)
4. Colorado, Washington legalize pot for adult recreational use - Washington Times
Colorado and Washington became the first states to legalize marijuana for adult recreational use, setting up a showdown with federal authorities over the enforcement of national drug laws.
Supporters of marijuana legalization were jubilant over the vote, declaring that Colorado and Washington voters had taken the first steps toward ending the criminalization of a product they describe as less harmful than alcohol. "Colorado will no longer have laws that steer people toward using alcohol, and adults will be free to use marijuana instead, if that is what they prefer. And we will be better off as a society because of it," said Mason Tvert, co-director of the Yes on 64 campaign.
Voters in another three states - Arkansas, Massachusetts and Montana - were considering whether to authorize marijuana for medicinal purposes.
Opponents, meanwhile, said they feared the vote would lure drug cartels to their states and result in an increase in youth drug abuse. Read more.
- Lord, we ask forgiveness for our nation's great wickedness and sin - as our people "approve" those things that are against Your good will. We repent over our national lust to please our flesh at all cost. We cry out to You for mercy, and for a transforming move of the Holy Spirit through Your Church in the power Jesus' shed blood on the Cross.
- "And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting." (Romans 1: 28)
5. STOCKS PLUNGE: Dow Closes Down by 313 Points in Post-Election Fall
- Fox News
Wall Street succumbed to heavy selling Wednesday in a post-election rout triggered by concerns that sharp divides in Washington will create more fiscal uncertainty as the nation hurtles toward the "fiscal cliff." Read more.
- Already we have a barometer of where the nation will be headed in the next four years: into a free fall of disaster. Let's put our trust in our Lord to bring us through, for He is always faithful to care for His own.
- "Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God." (Psalm 20:7)
6. NORTHEAST SLAMMED AGAIN:
Storm Hits Region on Heels of Sandy - AP
A nor'easter blustered into New York and New Jersey on Wednesday with rain and wet snow, plunging homes right back into darkness and inflicting another round of misery on thousands of people still reeling from Superstorm Sandy.
"I am waiting for the locusts and pestilence next," New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said. "We may take a setback in the next 24 hours." Read more.
- Cry out to our Lord for a double portion of grace and of mercy to be released upon all the citizens of the East Coast, as they now face this "double whammy" of a storm system. Ask that all who are now in the path of this ferocious storm be somehow protected from harm. May they and their governing officials be graced with strength, wisdom, comfort and help in time of need. In His Name, amen.
- "You have been a refuge for the poor, a refuge for the needy in his distress, a shelter from the storm." (Isaiah 25:4)
7. Merkel calls Christianity world's 'most persecuted' religion - Times of Israel
Opposition lawmakers and human rights groups are criticizing German Chancellor Angela Merkel for claiming that Christianity is "the most persecuted religion worldwide."
Merkel's comments came at a meeting of the German Protestant Church late Monday in which she emphasized Germany needed to protect Christian minorities as part of its foreign policy. Merkel, the daughter of a pastor, also spoke out against a strict separation of church and state and said Europe was built on Christian foundations.
- Thank You Lord, for Angela Merkel's assessment of the spreading persecution of Christians across our planet. We ask You to bless her as she has brought attention to the plight of those suffering for Your name, and give the Chancellor a voice that makes a difference for Christians worldwide. Lord, may Europe turn back to the Christian foundations on which it was built. In Jesus' name, amen.
- "Let us run with patience the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross . . ." (Hebrews 12:2)
The Middle East in Focus
The Middle East in Focus
This week, for all the headlines cited below, please join us in proclaiming THIS DECREE:
Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; Who put darkness for light, and light for darkness; Who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes, And prudent in their own sight! (Isaiah 5:20-21))
1. Netanyahu vows to stop Iran, even in defiance of the United States - Times of Israel
Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed on Monday night to put a stop to Iran's nuclear program by whatever means necessary -- even in outright defiance of American objections -- if neither sanctions, nor other international action, achieves that goal.
2. Secret war against Iran heating up - Jerusalem Post
From a suspected Israeli airstrike in Sudan to cyber warfare in the Gulf and a drone shot down over Israel, the largely hidden war between Iran and its foes seems to be heating up and spreading.
The Daily Jot
The mourning after; a call for revival
The United States is now confirmed as a nation that supports abortion, homosexual marriage, a relationship with Islam, higher taxes, even higher debt, mandated government health care, porous borders. But beyond that, there is a certain undertone that our nation is not any longer Christian. How can the vast majority of Americans support those representing what YHVH calls abominations, and be Christian? Christians must come to the stark reality that they are now a decisive minority in a hostile land. Persecution is coming. We have seen the indicators on the horizon and now they have been emboldened by political wins and perhaps institutionalized.
The natural human in these kinds of situations tends to disengage. Our way of life rejected, we often appear wanting to crawl away and hide. I am reminded of the wonderful account of Elijah at Mt Carmel where the prophets of Baal were defeated in dramatic fashion. Then Jezabel vowed to kill Elijah. He ran away and wished he might die. There was a strong wind, an earthquake and a fire. But the Lord was not in them only "after the fire a still small voice." You see, Elijah thought that after slaying the prophets of Baal and standing in the gap for Israel because the people had turned their backs on YHVH, that he was the only prophet of the one true God left. Queen Jezabel sought to kill him.
YHVH, however, in his still small voice, told him in 1 Kings 19:18, "Yet I have left me seven thousand in Israel, all the knees which have not bowed unto Baal, and every mouth which hath not kissed him." YHVH had preserved a remnant true to him. While the so-called "church" in America is largely focused on self indulgent extra-biblical nonsense that has little to do with the Word of YHVH, there is a remnant tucked away among the masses. This election is a clear sign to those who truly love YHVH and follow Him. We need to pray and act. Our actions must speak boldly as Paul writes in Ephesians 6:19, "that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel."
We are a nation divided. The majority of Americans believe that government is their salvation. The judgment to come, the difficult times ahead, will prove that government is not YHVH. While we as true believers are standing on the precipice of the end of the American dream, we must hold fast to the principal of our freedom: Yeshua Ha Mashiach (Jesus Christ). Galatians 5:1 says, "Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith the Messiah has made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage." We need revival. I am not talking about flashy gatherings in stadiums. I am talking about a revival of true Christianity in our hearts. It's the type of revival when someone's heart is shocked back to life.
We need to engage as the church in Acts engaged. If we do not, the Lord will continue sifting us until we do. The remnant needs to make itself known a heart at a time. There is a time for mourning. There is a time for reflection. There is a time for revival. There is a time to engage. 2 Timothy 1:7-8 says, "For YHVH has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me his prisoner: but be thou partaker of the afflictions of the gospel according to the power of YHVH." I am not going to bow my knee to Baal. I issue this challenge: Engage boldly, without compromise.
Have a Blessed and Powerful Day!
The Day After
The Day After
Elections have consequences. And yesterday's elections will have dire consequences. I don't want to depress you any further, but I believe it is important at this stage to provide an honest assessment of what we are facing. Here are a few things that come to mind when considering the likely impact of yesterday's results:
We are probably stuck with Obamacare. I hedge that somewhat because I believe it is possible that as the law is fully implemented over the next few years, and as its negative effects become obvious, its unpopularity will continue to grow. Just consider this headline from Reuters: "Victory Puts Obama In Position To Expand Government's Reach."
Taxes are going up. Obamacare alone contains several major tax hikes. Then there is the fiscal cliff and "taxmageddon" coming up at the end of the year. It's no surprise that the stock market is tanking today.
The battle for our values and religious liberty will only become more intense. Obama will continue to fund and promote abortion-on-demand. After dozens of defeats, same-sex "marriage" won at the ballot box last night. That does not bode well for religious freedom. And then there is Obamacare's assault on the Catholic Church, other religious institutions and charities as well as faith-based businesses.
The courts will be skewed further to the left as Obama has four more years to pack them with left-wing activists. Pray for the health of the four conservatives on the Supreme Court and for Justice Anthony Kennedy, who is with us at least half the time.
Perhaps in anticipation of future Supreme Court confirmation battles, Harry Reid is threatening to limit the rights of Republican senators by eliminating the filibuster.
I shudder to think what the next four years mean for our national security and for Israel's security. I suppose we will find out soon enough just how flexible Barack Obama will be for Vladimir Putin, and just how far he will go to appease the Islamofascists in Tehran. Pray for the peace of Jerusalem.
I want you to know that already this morning I have been on the phone with key conservative leaders strategizing as to how we can fight back and mitigate the damage on each of these and other important issues. There are major battles ahead, and we will be right in the middle of them! (Gary Bauer)
There will be plenty of time for serious analysis and navel-gazing in the days ahead, but here are three things I must stress with you regarding the 2012 elections.
First, Barack Obama has no mandate. He lost about 9.5 million votes from 2008. Talk about buyer's remorse! His rhetoric four years ago may have inspired many, but his record has turned off millions.
Second, regardless of what the talking heads at "MSDNC" say, this was not a repudiation of conservatism. The country is narrowly divided. Obama's support fell from 53% in 2008 to 50% in 2012. The House of Representatives remains solidly Republican, and thankfully will remain a conservative firewall against the worst of Obama's radical agenda.
Third, Hurricane Sandy hurt us. According to the exit polls, 15% of Americans said that Obama's response to the hurricane was "the most important factor" in their vote for president. Another 27% said it was an important factor. Here's more: 9% of Americans waited until "the last few days" to decide which candidate to support, and they broke for Obama.
In times of crisis, the American people naturally rally to the president. For days the hurricane and its aftermath dominated the news and allowed Obama to appear presidential. Romney's momentum was stopped, and there was not enough time to recover. (Gary Bauer)
I remember how dejected conservatives felt in November 1996. All the hope and enthusiasm of 1994 failed to end the Clinton era. But as a friend reminded me today, every major cause and movement experiences setbacks.
Sure defeats are tough. Thankfully, George Washington didn't give up after a few defeats. Neither did Abraham Lincoln or Winston Churchill. Thankfully, Ronald Reagan didn't give up after 1976. WE ARE NOT GIVING UP EITHER!
In two years' time, Barack Obama's agenda will once again be on the ballot, and I am confident it will be just as unpopular then as it was in 2010. Looking ahead to the 2014 Senate races, there are at least eight states -- enough to take back the majority -- where conservative candidates can prevail.
And in 2014, the Democrats will be contending with the "six year itch," when voters historically punish the party that has held the White House for six years. Remember how awful 2006 was for Republicans? It will be Democrats' turn two years from now! (Gary Bauer)
Failure to move forward
Failure to move forward
By Pastor Faye Higbee
Post Falls, Idaho
Well, the votes are in and the people have voiced their inability to change anything. Basically they voted to sit in their read ends and complain. Our nation fairly screamed that they like whining and refuse to get out of debt,or move past strife and division. The House is still Republican, the Senate is still Democrat, and the White House is still over spending. Our local Sheriff race has left the same ol' group in charge and failed to move forward into a new era. VERY sad. Gridlock is in our future, not forward momentum.
Watch for an economic crisis of historic proportions. Watch for the coldness of society to become a titanic iceberg.
As my dear friend put it this morning: "America is still the greatest nation in the world." At least it used to be- what we will behold in the next 4 years could dampen that enthusiasm. I love the America I grew up in. I love the flag that flies over a proud and stable nation. I love the military that strives to keep me safe. I love the freedom of speech, the right to bear arms, the ability to choose how to live my life. Those things may change in the next few years, so prepare yourselves. Keep your eyes focused on the One True Living God and let Him guide you all through this difficult time. He's the only stable help we have.
The Good News Corner
The Good News Corner
Our 24-Hour Prayer Chain Was a HUGE Success!!
Many thanks to ALL OF YOU who participated in our 24 Hour Election Day Prayer Watch yesterday and early this morning.
According to Dave Kubal, President, Intercessors for America and the one who coordinated our conference lines . . .
. . . "We had 2,430 callers and we logged 128,709 minutes of calling." THANK YOU!
And now, the day after, some might ask, "What happened?"
Our answer is in the Word of God:
"Another angel, who had a golden censer, came and stood at the altar. He was given much incense to offer, with the prayers of all the saints, on the golden altar before the throne." (Rev. 8:3)
At the appointed hour, all that energy of intercession, which is now stored up in vials in the heavens, will be released to call forth the will of God on earth!
Keep the faith, Beloved Saints of the Most High God. The battle for souls is not yet over . . . rather, we have just begun.
Worship with Us Today!
Worship with Us Today!
You Never Let Go
by Southside Baptist Church
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death
Your perfect love is casting out fear
And even when I'm caught in the middle of the storms of this life
I won't turn back
I know you are near