Looking for a City Whose Builder is God

As I write this year’s message to my beloved nation of Canada in honour of her birthday, I’m sitting in a hotel room in the state of Massachusetts in the United States of America. Selah.
Happy Birthday Canada!
So much has happened since your last birthday, and I’ve seen you grow and change. You’re still a beautiful nation and recently one of your provinces made a choice to turn from the left and head down a new path.

I was overjoyed that you made the decision to choose Doug Ford as Premier of Ontario, but like Abraham, I’m still looking for a Canada whose foundation and builder is God.

In Hebrews 11, which is often referred to as “the book of faith”, the writer recounts in verses 8 to 10, the story of Abraham, whom God called and instructed to go to an unknown land that God would give as an inheritance. By faith, Abraham left his comfort zone and obeyed God even though Abraham didn’t know where he was going.

Hebrews 11:8-10

8 By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went.
9 By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise:
10 For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God.

Interestingly, this year there was a 40-day prayer leading up to the provincial election, and just 40 years ago the great evangelist Billy Graham said Canada could lead the world in a spiritual revival. It starts with humility and prayer (2 Chronicles 7:14).

Here’s Billy Graham’s prophetic video.

Sadly, Billy Graham passed away this year, but his legacy will live on.

In February of 1998, the same month and year that I was baptized as a born-again Christian, Billy Graham presented a TED talk on “Technology, faith and human shortcomings.” In this talk, Billy Graham boldly states that there are three questions or problems, that up until this day technology can’t solve, nor politicians, educators, scientists or philosophers.
Being human and someone of faith with technology interests, I felt Billy Graham did a marvelous job. See for yourself.

Many people from nations from all around the world will celebrate your birthday today and I hope that the foundation of faith that allows our freedom and diversity is championed by Doug Ford. I hope all politicians live up to this great calling (parliamentary ministry) and seek to serve the people of Canada by upholding the foundation on which our rights and freedoms exist and find expression; namely the supremacy or (Sovereignty) of God.

Here is the introductory sentence to the Constitution of Canada’s Charter of Rights and Constitution Act, 1982. In full, it reads,

“ Whereas Canada is founded upon principles that recognize the supremacy of God and the rule of law ”

Let’s pray:

Father God, I acknowledge your sovereignty and supremacy. Even though I may not know where you’re taking us as a nation, I, in faith will follow your leading. You said in your holy scriptures that you enthrone kings and rulers and you also bring them low. Lord as you’ve set up Doug Ford for such as time as this, I pray that he will have the boldness to correct the course of Ontario, this great province of Canada and bring it more in line with your plan for every man, woman, and child. I pray Lord that you will shape the hearts and minds of those who are struggling with your decision and your plan for your province. I pray that the words that Billy Graham spoke, 40 years ago, will continue to be something we strive for as a people so that we will continue to live in peace and harmony.

In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, I pray. Amen.

Happy Birthday Canada!

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