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Congress established the motto, "In God We Trust" by act of Congress, April 22, 1864, which authorized the director of the mint to affix this motto to the two cent piece.
On July 11, 1955, the United States government enacted a law to provide that all currency and coins shall bear the inscription "In God We Trust". Since that time all American currency and coins bear this inscription.
Do we, as God's people, mouth "In God We Trust", but have these become vain, empty, meaningless words? Have we come to a place where we depend upon everything but God? Has this motto become a mockery in God's ears? It is sad, but true, that many today have put their trust in lying words that do not profit, Jeremiah 7:8.
"Hath a nation changed their gods, which are yet no gods? but My people have changed their glory for that which doth not profit." Jeremiah 2:11
The Scriptures tell us of several things God's people have chosen to put their trust in. I encourage you to search your hearts to see if any of these are in your lives. God is pleading with us, His people today, to stand before Him with clean hands and a pure heart.
THOSE WHO TRUST IN THE STRENGTH OF EGYPT
In the 14th year of the reign of Hezekiah, King of Judah, did Sennacherib, King of Assyria, send three men: Rabshakeh, Rabsaris and Tartan to disquiet God's people, saying,
"Thus saith the great king, the king of Assyria, What confidence is this wherein thou trustest? Thou sayest, (but they are but vain words,) I have counsel and strength for the war. Now on whom dost thou trust, that thou rebellest against me?" II Kings 18:19-20
The king's spokesman, Rabshakeh asked, "Do you put your trust upon the staff of Egypt?" Or do you say, "We trust in the Lord our God?" II Kings 18:21-22
These questions are before God's people today. Those who rule the land put forth these same questions and they, as King Sennacherib, send out spokesmen, causing God's people to question their confidence in their God. King Sennacherib's spokesman, Rabshakeh, mockingly proclaimed,
"Hearken not to Hezekiah: for thus saith the king of Assyria, Make an agreement with me by a present, and come out to me, and then eat ye every man of his own vine, and every one of his fig tree, and drink ye every one the waters of his cistern." II Kings 18:31
Those who rule America today are likened unto the Assyrians, who, with an high outlook of their own abilities dare to say to God's people, "Why do you put your trust in God?"
"And many of God's people are listening and heeding to the welfare system which says, "Come under the shadow of my wings and I will provide for your every need." II Kings 18:31
"And they said unto him, Thus saith Hezekiah, This day is a day of trouble, and of rebuke, and blasphemy: for the children are come to the birth, and there is not strength to bring forth." II Kings 19:3
Because we have changed our hearts from total trust in God to fear, doubt and unbelief in His daily provision, we are truly in a day of great trouble, rebuke, and blasphemy. And because of this, we, as the children of God, have no strength to bring forth that which God has planned in our lives.
When the king offers an agreement whereby all our physical needs will be taken care of, our food and our housing will be sure - - - will we, then, put our trust under the shadow of his wings, and accept his agreement? or do we say, "In God We Trust" and then accept the government's monthly support? When the king offers an agreement whereby our property will be safely covered by his protection, upon what "Rock" have we placed our assurance?
Are God's people mouthing but vain, empty words, saying, "In God We Trust, but . .." putting our trust in everything but God? This has truly become a mockery in God's ears. God is sick of this deceitfulness!
The King of Assyria, again, put forth another statement,
"Now, behold, thou trustest upon the staff of this bruised reed, even upon Egypt, on which if a man lean, it will go into his hand, and pierce it: so is Pharaoh king of Egypt unto all that trust on him." II Kings 18:21
Have we put our trust in the broken reed of the staff of Egypt? Each of us must answer these questions in our own hearts. If we, as God's people, shake hands with and hold on to the hand of the world, our hands will truly be pierced through.
Isaiah's words ring true for God's people today:
"Woe to the rebellious children, saith the Lord, that take counsel, but not of Me; and that cover with a covering, but not of My Spirit, that they may add sin to sin: That walk to go down into Egypt, and have not asked at My mouth; to strengthen themselves in the strength of Pharaoh, and to trust in the shadow of Egypt! Therefore shall the strength of Pharaoh be your shame, and the trust in the shadow of Egypt your confusion." Isaiah 30:1-3
Have we become rebellious children, no longer seeking the Lord's counsel, but instead taking cover under the shadow of the world? The Lord says those who trust in the shadow of Egypt shall come into confusion.
How far have we gone down into Egypt? Isaiah reveals:
"Wherefore thus saith the Holy One of Israel, Because ye despise this Word, and trust in oppression and perverseness, and stay thereon." Isaiah 30:12
Are we daily in God's Word, feeding upon its promises, peace, protection, praise, and provision? Or do we dwell upon the oppression and perverseness set before our eyes in our living rooms, through the media's spokesmen who can only bring fear, doubt and unbelief?
Who is our strength for the battle? Isaiah announces,
"Woe to them that go down to Egypt for help; and stay on horses, and trust in chariots, because they are many; and in horsemen, because they are very strong; but they look not unto the Holy One of Israel, neither seek the Lord!" Isaiah 31:1
Have we settled back on our lees, putting our trust in the strength of the military, saying, "We dwell secure and at ease." If we put our trust in the strength of the world, we have come to a place of false security, dwelling carelessly and at ease, putting our confidence in the world.
The Greek word for secure is AMERIMNOIS and means "without carefulness, free from anxiety and care". This meaning has truly come to describe the "American" way of life.
The daughters referred to in the Old Testament are a type of the church in the New Testament. Isaiah exhorts the daughters in the land, today,
"Tremble, ye women that are at ease; be troubled, ye careless ones: strip you, and make you bare, and gird sackcloth upon your loins." Isaiah 32:11
Have we forsaken the Rock upon whom we are to trust, and put our trust in man and his government? We need to search our hearts and repent in sackcloth and ashes before the Holy One of Israel, saying,
"The God of my Rock; in Him will I trust: He is my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my high tower, and my refuge, my saviour; thou savest me from violence." II Samuel 22:3
We need to, once again, put true meaning to our motto, "In God We Trust". We need to return to the Rock of our salvation. We need to, again, sing praises to our God with our whole hearts, not just mouthing vain, empty words. We need to know and proclaim, assuredly, that God is our provision, our protector, our peace, our praise, and our hope in the days of trouble which lie directly ahead.
Cry out ye inhabitants of Zion, sing forth!
"There is none holy as the Lord: for there is none beside thee: neither is there any Rock like our God." I Samuel 2:2
THOSE WHO TRUST IN LYING VANITIES
Is "In God We Trust" nothing but vain, empty words? The psalmist exhorts those who say, "In God We Trust", but have, instead, put their reliance upon lying vanities.
"I have hated them that regard lying vanities: but I trust in the Lord." Psalm 31:6
Have the precepts and doctrines of men become our trust? Have we become a people who draw nigh unto the Lord with our mouth but our heart and our trust is far from Him? Do we vainly worship Him, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men? Matthew 15:7-9
"For the leaders of this people cause them to err; and they that are led of them are destroyed." Isaiah 9:16
Leaders, both political and religious, have turned God's people from their total trust in Him, and have substituted lying vanities for the truths of God.
Isaiah further exhorts those who lead God's people today,
"Wherefore hear the word of the Lord, ye scornful men, that rule this people which is in Jerusalem. Because ye have said, We have made a covenant with death, and with hell are we at agreement; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, it shall not come unto us: for we have made lies our refuge, and under falsehood have we hid ourselves." Isaiah 28:14-15
The Scriptures are very emphatic in exposing the refuge of lies that many Spiritual leaders have tried to use to get God's people to hide under. The precepts and doctrines of the various denominational systems being put forth today are in error and are bringing God's people into a false sense of security.
"Behold, I am against them that prophesy false dreams, saith the Lord, and do tell them, and cause My people to err by their lies, and by their lightness; yet I sent them not, nor commanded them: therefore they shall not profit this people at all, saith the Lord." Jeremiah 23:32
Many today operate their whole lives by dreams which have been prophesied as coming from God. What are some of these false dreams?
"Thus saith the Lord concerning the prophets that make My people err, that bite with their teeth, and cry, Peace; and He that putteth not into their mouths, they even prepare war against Him." Micah 3:5
Many false prophets today are proclaiming, Peace, Peace, where there is no peace. Many are putting their trust in this false dream of peace without the Prince of Peace.
Ezekiel, also, prophesies against the prophets of Israel who prophesy out of their own hearts, who follow their own spirit and have seen nothing.
"Ye have not gone up into the gaps, neither made up the hedge for the house of Israel to stand in the battle in the day of the Lord. They have seen vanity and lying divination, saying, The Lord saith: and the Lord hath not sent them: and they have made others to hope that they would confirm the word. Therefore thus saith the Lord God; Because ye have spoken vanity, and seen lies, therefore, behold, I am against you, saith the Lord God. Because, even because they have seduced My people, saying, Peace; and there was no peace." Ezekiel 13:5-6, 8 & 10
Are God's people sitting back on their lees, dwelling carelessly, and at ease because they have trusted in "Peace, Peace, where there is no peace?" Jesus proclaims,
"Suppose ye that I am come to give peace on earth? I tell you, Nay; but rather division." Luke 12:51
Have we, as God's people, begun to put our trust in a covenant with death? Have our Spiritual leaders erred in giving us hope that, when the overflowing scourge passes through, it will not come upon us, saying, "God's people will be taken off the earth before any evil comes? The Spirit of Truth proclaims,
"I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil." John 17:15
Have our Spiritual leaders given us a false refuge, saying, "When we die and go to heaven all things will be alright?" Many people today have placed their hope in the day that they will die and go to heaven. God's Word speaks of life not death. Have we, as God's people, put our refuge in a covenant with death?
Jeremiah's words can certainly be applied to God's people and this nation today,
"Thus saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, Amend your ways and your doings, and I will cause you to dwell in this place. Trust ye not in lying words, saying, The temple of the Lord, The temple of the Lord, The temple of the Lord, are these. Behold, ye trust in lying words, that cannot profit." Jeremiah 7:3-4 & 8
The apostle Paul spoke about the indistinct, uncertain sound of the trumpet. Many, who are blowing the trumpet in the land today, are giving forth an uncertain sound.
"For if the trumpet give an uncertain sound, who shall prepare himself to the battle?" I Corinthians 14:8
Be warned! Many prophets, pastors and teachers today are sounding forth uncertain sounds and because of this, God's people are not preparing for the day of battle that lies directly ahead.
We need to be as David, who continually repented before the Lord. We need to return unto the Lord, our refuge and our strength, and proclaim in truth, "In God we will put our trust!" Psalm 56:11
THOSE WHO TRUST IN UNCERTAIN RICHES
There is truly much uncertainty in God's people today. We have mistakenly listened to trumpets sounding forth uncertain sounds. Uncertainty is far reaching. It encompasses a false security and trust in our own works, abilities and riches. Jesus warns:
"Children, how hard is it for them that trust in riches to enter into the Kingdom of God!" Mark 10:24
Paul charged Timothy, and we are to do the same:
"Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God who giveth us richly all things to enjoy." I Timothy 6:17
Has this nation and God's people come to trust in uncertain riches? We need men and women who will speak forth "In God We Trust" with sincere lips. We need to be a people who completely trust and hope in God. Let not the cares of this world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the Word so that it becomes unfruitful in our lives. Matthew 13:22
"They that trust in their wealth, and boast themselves in the multitude of their riches; none of them can by any means redeem his brother, nor give to God a ransom for him: for the redemption of their soul is precious..." Psalm 49:6-7
Can the abundance of uncertain riches, heaped upon our own lusts, redeem a brother?
"Lo, this is the man that made not God his strength; but trusted in the abundance of his riches, and strengthened himself in his wickedness." Psalm 52:7
Have we come to put our strength in our own riches and abilities, and in reality, saying, "I can only trust in what I have laid up for the future"? Do we proclaim, "With my wisdom and with my own understanding I have gotten me riches, and have gotten gold and silver in my treasures," Ezekiel 28:1-10?
Can we, indeed, redeem a brother by trusting in these uncertain riches?
"Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: for where your treasure is, there will your heart be also." Matthew 6:19-21
Have the abundance of uncertain, earthly riches made us unfruitful in this harvest time? Truly the harvest is plenteous, but the labourers are few. Matthew 9:37
"Pray ye therefore the lord of the harvest, that He will send forth labourers into His harvest." Matthew 9:38
Will we, from this day forward, begin to place our trust wholly in the riches that are to be found in Christ Jesus?
"Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt." Hebrews 11:26
Uncertain riches can, by no means, redeem our brothers. We who truly proclaim, "In God We Trust", are to do good, be ready to distribute, and willing to communicate. I Timothy 6:18
"Laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life." I Timothy 6:19
For the redemption of a brother's soul is indeed precious.
Have we, God's people, come to put our trust under the shadow of the world's riches, the refuge of lies of false leaders and the strength of Egypt? The Lord warns us to flee these fenced cities and high towers wherein we have come to put our trust.
Have we, as God's people, become guilty of mouthing, vain, empty words as those to whom Jeremiah warns?
"And though they say, The Lord liveth; surely they swear falsely." Jeremiah 5:2
Have we only mouthed our devotion and our belief in God? Do we indeed proclaim: "In God We Trust", "The Lord Liveth", "With God all things are possible", "One Nation Under God", with our lips, but our hearts are far from Him? Have we passed on these faithful sayings to our children as empty, vain words?
"How shall I pardon thee for this? thy children have forsaken Me, and sworn by them that are no gods: when I had fed them to the full, they then committed adultery, and assembled themselves by troops in the harlots' houses.
Shall I not visit for these things? saith the Lord: and shall not My soul be avenged on such a nation as this?" Jeremiah 5:7 & 9
How long will we, God's people, put our trust in the refuge of lying vanities?
"And the prophets shall become wind, and the word is not in them: thus shall it be done unto them.
Wherefore thus saith the Lord God of hosts, Because ye speak this word, behold, I will make My words in thy mouth fire, and this people wood, and it shall devour them." Jeremiah 4:13-14
Will you not forsake your trust in these things that do not profit God, and once again place your complete trust in the Holy One of Israel?
Zephaniah declares our day:
"The great day of the Lord is near, it is near, and hasteth greatly, even the voice of the day of the Lord: the mighty man shall cry there bitterly. That day is a day of wrath, a day of trouble and distress, a day of wasteness and desolation, a day of darkness and gloominess, a day of clouds and thick darkness." Zephaniah 1:14-15
When the overflowing scourge of God's wrath passes through, many will ask the question, "Wherefore doeth the Lord our God all these things unto us?" Jeremiah 5:19
"They have belied the Lord, and said, It is not he; neither shall evil come upon us; neither shall we see sword nor famine." Jeremiah 5:12
How long will we, as God's people, continue to put our trust in false words that proclaim we will never see desolation?
"And it shall come to pass, when ye shall say, Wherefore doeth the Lord our God all these things unto us? then shalt thou answer them, Like as ye have forsaken Me, and served strange gods in your land, so shall ye serve strangers in a land that is not your's." Jeremiah 5:19
Jeremiah warns God's people in America who have come to put their dependency on strange gods:
"And they shall eat up thine harvest, and thy bread, which thy sons and thy daughters should eat: they shall eat up thy flocks and thine herds: they shall eat up thy vines and thy fig trees: they shall impoverish thy fenced cities, wherein thou trustedst, with the sword." Jeremiah 5:17
God's judgment hand is sure upon this nation, and it is also upon God's people who have placed their trust in these things that do not profit. We must heed this warning and forsake our trust in lying vanities, uncertain riches, and the strength of Egypt, because they shall all be impoverished and beaten down with the sword. Zephaniah recognized our day,
"A day of the trumpet and alarm against the fenced cities, and against the high towers," Zephaniah 1:16.
We are the trumpets in the earth today, and we need to blow a clear, distinct sound. As God's people, we need to run to and fro through the streets and warn those who are trusting in the strength of Egypt, lying lips, and uncertain riches.
I encourage you to become the trumpet with a certain, distinct, clear sound of truth.
Cast off vain, empty, uncertain words. We need to begin to blow the trumpet throughout the land. Today is the day of the trumpet. Go forth with the clear, distinct sound of the truths of God's Word.
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