Dear Church Family and Friends of Heritage Fellowship,
A friend sent these exerts from the Constitution of the United States, and I felt as though I should pass them along for you today.
From Our Declaration of Independence: We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, and that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed...
The Preamble: We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.
Article 4, Section 2: The Citizens of each State shall be entitled to all Privileges and Immunities of Citizens in the several States.
Article 4, Section 4: The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican Form of Government, and shall protect each of them against domestic Violence.
Article 6, Section 6: This Constitution...shall be the supreme Law of the Land; and the Judges in every State shall be bound thereby, anything in the Constitution or Laws of any State to the Contrary notwithstanding.
The 1st Amendment: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press, or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
The 4th Amendment: The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated,
The 5th Amendment: No person shall ... be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use,
without just compensation.
The 9th Amendment: The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.
The 10th Amendment: The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.
The 14th Amendment: No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.
We as Christian citizens of these United States should be aware of what our privileges and rights are as presented to us in the Constitution. After reading this, I knew you would appreciate if I sent it to you.
It is also important to understand God has given us free access to His Throne Room. And it is our God-given right and privilege to pray for those who have rule over us: 1 Timothy 2:1-3 (The Passion Translation): Instruction on Prayer “Most of all, I’m writing to encourage you to pray with gratitude to God. Pray for all men with all forms of prayers and requests as you intercede with intense passion. And pray for every political leader and representative, so that we would be able to live tranquil, undisturbed lives, as we worship the awe-inspiring God with pure hearts. It is pleasing to our Savior-God to pray for them.”
It is important to remember that as we go through this unexpected and difficult season of 2020, that we do not relax when it comes to our responsibility to pray in a way that is pleasing to our Savior God. I think sometimes we become too emotionally involved in political controversies and need to stop and remember Paul’s instruction to the Church at Galatia.
Galatians 5:16 - 26 (The Passion Translation): The Holy Spirit, Our Victory “16 As you yield freely and fully to the dynamic life and power of the Holy Spirit, you will abandon the cravings of your self – life, 17 For your self - life craves the things that offend the Holy Spirit and hinder him from living free within you! And the Holy Spirit’s intense cravings hinder your old self - life from dominating you! So then, the two incompatible and conflicting forces within you are your self - life 18 But when you are brought into the full freedom of the Spirit of grace, you will no longer be living under the domination of the law, but soaring above it! 19 The cravings of the self-life are obvious: Sexual immorality, lustful thoughts, pornography, 20 chasing after things instead of God, manipulating others, hatred of those who get in your way, senseless arguments, resentment when others are favored, temper tantrums, angry quarrels, only thinking of yourself, being in love with your own opinions, 21 being envious of the blessings of others, murder, uncontrolled addictions, wild parties, and all other similar behavior. Haven’t I already warned you that those who use their “freedom” for these things will not inherit the kingdom realm of God! 22–23 But the fruit produced by the Holy Spirit within you is divine love in all its varied expressions:
- joy that overflows,
- peace that subdues,
- patience that endures,
- kindness in action,
- a life full of virtue,
- faith that prevails,
- gentleness of heart, and
- strength of spirit.
Never set the law above these qualities, for they are meant to be limitless.
24Keep in mind that we who belong to Jesus, the Anointed One, have already experienced crucifixion. For everything connected with our self - life was put to death on the cross and crucified with Messiah. 25 We must live in the Holy Spirit and follow after him. 26 So may we never be arrogant, or look down on another, for each of us is an original. We must forsake all jealousy that diminishes the value of others.”
I want you to know that we are lifting you up to the Lord daily and are praying for your protection and safety. I am praying, “Hide them away in the cleft of the rock, in the cleft of the rock, please hide them away.”
I BELIEVE IN YOU, AND WE NEED YOU. AS WE PRAY FOR YOU, PLEASE KEEP US IN YOUR PRAYERS. WE ARE BLESSED TO BE A PART OF YOUR LIVES!
Your loving Pastors,
Cleddie & GayNell Keith