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Turning the Tide
Chapter 14 is the final chapter of Charles Stanley’s “Turning the Tide”. The chapter of this title is “Believe”, Stanley writes how Christians must “refuse to give in or give up”. In times of peril we are to band together and rise against the opposition. Stanley uses WWII as an example, he writes a quote from reporter Fred Maness, who says: “The attack on Pearl Harbor united Americans as never before in history. In the explosions at Pearl Harbor there was forged the will for complete and absolute victory over the forces of evil.” The author explains how after the attack, many Americans of different age groups signed up for to join the military in the fight for freedom. Pearl Harbor brought out the best in American citizens, prompting a immediate response from the nation as a whole.
Stanley writes how we “need the spirit of determination and the will for absolute victory over the forces that are assailing us—just as our fellow countrymen showed after the attack on Pearl Harbor.” As in recent times we can say that 9/11 is arguably the most devastating attack on the U.S. The aftermath of this tragic event had brought a sense of unity that I myself had never seen in my life. We must see our nations turn from God and His statues as a devastating attack on our spiritual being. Just as Americans stood tall against foreign forces who opposed our well-being, we must do the same as Christians. Though there seems to be a rising number that is opposing our beliefs, Christians must stand firm for the sake of God. Stanley writes, “In fact, our foremost reason to believe that our future will be better is because the Lord God Almighty is greater than any force on this earth.” God allows us to face these external issues to warn us of our spiritual issues, which are internal. Let us seek Him earnestly and never give up in despair.
With faith, repentance, and humble service God will show us His favor for He promises this in His word. The author writes how “God will bring genuine revival and spiritual awakening to our nation; however we must wholeheartedly trust He will do so.” There must be trust in God’s leadership. Through absolute obedience, there will be a resurgence of Godly behavior. Let us exercise our basic freedoms to spread the Word of God, doing so with ever growing integrity and tenacity. By reading the Word of God, praying, and speaking out boldly Stanley reassures his reader that we will be “one step close to a breakthrough.” Continue to fight for the change we so desperately need as a nation. With this type of faith and belief one can help in the task of “Turning the Tide”.
1. Why should we not give into pessimistic (gloomy) feelings?
2. Do you feel strongly in your faith that God is greater than the forces that upset your own personal life? Or do you feel overwhelmed and discouraged?
3. What difficult paths have you had to walk down? What good things did you discover in your journey? How can you apply this to being an active godly citizen?