Preacher's Pulpit               Dr. Joe Tims

TEXT: Proverbs 14:34

SUBJ: What Made  America a Great Nation?

Introduction:
The United States of America is a great nation.

We have been preserved these many years by God.

We have grown in numbers, wealth and power second to  no other nation.

America has a surplus of the necessities of life and offers the freedom of opportunity like no other nation on planet earth.

Truly we can testify to the fact that God has blessed this nation in a very unique way.

What made America great in the start is what we must return to in the present.

I. AMERICA WAS GREAT WHEN SHE  HAD THE RIGHT KIND OF CITIZENS

(Prov 29:2) "When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn."

A. God fearing citizens is what makes a nation great!

B. Freedom loving citizens is what makes a nation great.

C. Sacrificial living citizens is what makes a nation great.

II. AMERICA  BECAME GREAT BECAUSE CITIZENS ESTABLISH THE RIGHT KIND OF INSTITUTIONS

A. Homes - Psa 127:1

B. Churches - Matt 16:18

C. Schools - Prov 22:6

D. Businesses - Prov 11:1

E. Government - Rom 13

III. AMERICA LOST HER GREATNESS WHEN SIN WAS ALLOWED

(Prov 14:34b)  ". . . sin is a reproach to any people."

A. Atheism - God is not part of the plan

B. Materialism - Cash instead of Character

C. Alcoholism and Drug Abuse

D. Secularism - No God allowed in public

E. Evil forces - Liberal News

F. Humanism - you are your own god

IV. WHAT WILL RETURN AMERICA  TO HER GREATNESS?

(Prov 14:34a)  "Righteousness exalteth a nation . . ."

A. RIGHTEOUSNESS!!!

1. Required by God

2. Blesses a Nation

3. Found only in Christ

B. REVIVAL

(2 Chr 7:14) "If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land."

C. RESTORATION

(Psa 51:10)  "Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me."

CONCLUSION: Our only hope in American returning to her greatness is: Righteousness, Revival and Restoration This can only come from a touch of God. God's people must realize that only seeking the Lord and His forgiveness can we save our nation. Will you repent?

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