Many came to America because of religious freedom and personal opportunities. Those early Americans worshipped God and placed Him as their number one priority. They were willing to die for their country, because they believed it was God’s will to establish a Christian nation and their desire was to make it happen at all costs. They were patriotic and placed the nation above self.

They believed that if they would seek God first; He would bless and prosper them. They did their best to live a holy life according to God’s ways. As a result, we became an exceptional nation because of their devotion to God and His blessings. My mother’s family arrived in 1709 and my father’s family in the 1800s. Many throughout those years were ministers and farmers and a number, both.

God inspired individuals to become free in thought and in vision. They became creative and instead of riding horses they developed a new transportation system. They invented steam engines with rail transportation, steam boats and finally cars.

The early Christians, having received the Holy Spirit, were blessed by God like no other nation. The Holy Spirit inspired them to develop health improvements, communications and technology. What made America exceptional? Other nations, many years older than America never were as creative and innovative. What made America different if it was not God blessing our people and our country?

Study American history and you will realize that God had a plan that we would become a super power nation that would be militarily strong enough to give peace to the world and especially to protect Israel.

Americans were unique people with unlimited dreams. We were a nation that gave people an opportunity to be whatever they wanted to be and was able to allow them to achieve anything they could conceive. Americans were free and not limited by government or others to do whatever they wanted. Jesus said that He came to make us free and our constitution gave us that privilege.

Christians read Scripture that said they could do all things through Christ who would give them the strength. They were taught the Golden Rule to serve others as they would want to be served. With the fruits of the Spirit and God-given talents they were able to do what people in others countries had not done. Their God-given talents, powers, creativity or uniqueness and they became these exceptional people. They also became political leaders with visions of grandeur. They led putting the people and our nation ahead of their personal power and wealth.

Why is it so hard for people to understand that we would not be the nation we are if it were not for God’s blessings? The reason God gave us His blessings is because we were following His ways, living a holy life. Too many would say it was our educational system that made us different. Or, it was just a coincident or we were hard working people. But we know better.

Every one of us have a choice: do we want God directing our lives or do we believe we can become exceptional because of our family background, our education or our talents? God promised for those who would accept Jesus Christ as their Savior He would give them HIS SPIRIT to help us become a new and different person that would be directed by our God. Are you a child of God and are you exceptional? You can and should be. It was people who had God’s Spirit that made America the nation we are. They learned that prosperity was a byproduct of giving service. Anytime you put others first you will be rewarded. Above all, many knew the Bible extremely well, accepted the promises from God and lived their lives expecting to be blessed.

Deuteronomy 8:18 – “But remember the LORD your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth, and so confirms his covenant, which he swore to your ancestors, as it is today.”

John 15:5 – “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.”

Proverbs 3:9 & 10 – “Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the first fruits of all your crops; then your barns will be filled to overflowing, and your vats will brim over with new wine.”

Malachi 3:10 – “Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the LORD Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it.”

Many early American farmers depended on God to produce their products annually. It was their religious belief that their crops were provided by God’s blessings. It wasn’t unusual to know that they prayed daily that God would provide for them and their families. This is what I learned from my grandparents and their grandparents. One of those was a general in the Civil War and my wife’s heritage came from a general on the other side of that war.

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