Musings in the Late Afternoon: No King but King Jesus
“The spiritual emphasis manifested so often by the Americans during the Revolution caused one Crown-appointed British governor to write to Great Britain complaining that: “If you ask an American who is his master, he’ll tell you he has none. And he has no governor but Jesus Christ.”
Letters like this, and sermons like those preached by the Reverend Peter Powers titled “Jesus Christ the King,” gave rise to a sentiment that has been described as a motto of the American Revolution.
Most Americans are unaware that the Revolution might have had mottoes, but many wars do (e.g., in the Texas’ war for independence, it was “Remember the Alamo”; in the Union side in the Civil War, it was “In God We Trust”; in World War I, it was “Remember the Lusitania”; in World War II, it was “Remember Pearl Harbor”; etc.).
A motto of the American Revolution directed against the tyrant King George III and the theologically discredited doctrine of the Divine Right of Kings (which asserted that when the king spoke, it was the voice of God speaking directly to the people) was simple and direct: “No King but King Jesus!”
Another motto (first suggested by Benjamin Franklin and often repeated during the Revolution) was similar in tone: “Rebellion to Tyrants is Obedience to God…..”” David Barton©.
“After Washington’s address, the government, the House, the Senate, and America’s first president traveled on foot to Saint Paul’s Chapel. No one knows exactly what was said inside but we do know the entire government was on their knees praying and consecrating this nation to God.
In the chapel there is also a plaque above Washington’s pew with the words “Almighty God, we make our earnest prayer that you will keep the United States in Holy protection.” Saint Paul’s Chapel is located at the corner of Ground Zero and is the spiritual birthplace of America…..” Tom Hughes©.
Today, I heard in my spirit, “If the motto of the American Revolution was, ‘No King but King Jesus,’ then is this nation not a part of the Kingdom of God?”
Let us also consider that the Founders dedicated the USA in an act of unanimous agreement immediately after Washington’s inaugural address under the newly ratified US Constitution.
This action affirmed the intent of the motto that this nation operates under the authority and governance of King Jesus. Therefore, we are to contemplate the full meaning of these words and these actions.
“And I will give you the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven,” Matthew 16:19, NKJV.
No other nation was born like the USA. She was birthed out of the “Great Awakening.” Her founding documents including the Declaration of Independence were established on biblical principles, scriptural foundations, and prayer meetings.
Though you may not find specific verse citations, the widespread knowledge of Scripture was so assumed by the Founders that it was not necessary to include the citations.
The exceptional circumstances around the birth of this nation, does not give her a pass to be like other nations because she has declared Jesus as her King. In fact, she is to be held to a higher standard than just mere human governance.
King Jesus has never abdicated His position. He accepted the Founder’s dedication and has kept His hand upon her even though she has not been faithful throughout her generations to the Founder’s dedication.
As we look to Israel as an example, we see the long-suffering of the Lord God in full display as He contended with wayward Israel. He sent prophets to call them to return to Him.
When they repented, He stepped in and delivered them from their enemies. However, there came a day when the nation was divided and finally both Israel and Judah went into captivity.
Let us look and learn from their example and sincerely turn away from the folly of divisiveness and hate. We are to be One Nation Under God (King Jesus). Revival begins in our personal lives before we can spread it to others.
Cry out for a Third Great Awakening that we as individuals, families, states, and as a unified nation will fulfill our destiny we were created for in the plans of King Jesus.
Is Jesus King of your personal life? Is His Word the governing factor in all that you do? Do you follow after the cultural norms of the world’s culture or do you cling to the standard of the Word?
The hour is late and the darkness is rolling in like a flood. “But the people who know their God shall be strong, and carry out great exploits,” (Daniel 11:32, NKJV).
I want to encourage you not to stumble into the pitfall of cursing this nation when you should be declaring the truth, “No King but King Jesus.” He will not step away, but will have His way.
He will discipline with a strong hand to bring this nation back to her place in Him. If we join in through prayer and divine declarations of His sovereignty, then we shall receive a reward and hear, “Well done, good and faithful one.”
I present these musings to stir up your hearts. No one can do the deep spiritual heart check-up for you. You must search your own heart and the deep motivations that cause you to act in your everyday life.
Repent where you need to repent. Strengthen what He affirms. Trust Him to bring you to the place He called you to.
I am on this road of discovery with you. I can testify that His hand of correction and affirmation comes with a gentle touch when I am willing to be willing to submit to His Kingship over every area of my life.
I pray for you to have ears to hear His voice, eyes to see Him, and a heart to know Him and to retain the revelation of His goodness in this hour. I leave you His peace.
May His joy be your strength. May His goodness and mercy over shadow you and keep you always.
~ Mary B. Dovie
“In God We Trust”
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Mary B. Dovie is an ordained minister of the Gospel under the covering of Joy Christian Church and Gideon Christian Fellowship in New Orleans, Louisiana. She operates under a prophetic and teaching anointing. Mary is married to her high school sweetheart, Paul; they live in Theodore, Alabama. Their family includes son Anthony, who serves in the US Army, as well as their son Matthew, his wife, Jennifer, and daughters, Amelia and Stella.