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Lord we repent that we didn’t recognize our need to support and even assist with those running for office and to be involved in the aspect of government. Forgive us where we took our hands off the wheel.

Many of us have wondered what else we can do to see the corruption that seems to have taken over our nation removed. With the lead swamp-drainer no longer in office, the job is now fully up to us and awakens us to action. But what can we do?

While prayer is absolutely our primary weapon, it is evident that more is required. South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem came face-to-face with that same dilemma several years ago.

In an interview on Fox News, Governor Noem gave great advice and insight that we would do well to consider.

Noem has been a strong voice to preserve the freedom and rights of American’s especially through this pandemic. She wasn’t raised in a family of politicians. And it might surprise you how she ended up in her position.

She got involved in government because of a personal tragedy which brought an injustice within our system to light. It hit her family hard, but rather than just complain, or “take it on the chin,” she decided to do something about it.

“…What happened is I was going to college and my dad was killed in an accident. He was 49 years old at the time, exactly the same age I am now. I came home and took over the family businesses, but within weeks we were notified that we owed death taxes. We owed the federal government a bunch of money because we had a tragedy in our family.

“So, it made me mad. I tell people all the time I just decided I was going to start showing up at meetings. I had been raised by a dad who was a cowboy who said, ‘You don’t complain about things, you fix ‘em.’ And I realized I needed to start showing up and if I wanted different laws, different polices then I needed to be there and be a business person, a mom, someone who actually gave my perspective,” stated Governor Noem.

How does that apply to us? Right now, all across our nation, precinct meetings are happening in which delegates are selected to represent our states along with Party positions such as State Committee member, County Chair, District Committee Member, etc. Not familiar with these? Most of us aren’t, but we need to be. And the only way to vote for these influencing people is to attend our precinct meetings.

In my precinct this past month, only one person showed up. (And it wasn’t me. So I am preaching to myself as well.) One of my friends, Christine Leeviraphan, who is running for Oklahoma GOP Chairman, explained the importance of our getting involved at the precinct level.

“Precincts are made up of 4 to 5 neighborhoods,” she explained. “People may try to tell you that the Precinct Chairman’s job is really busy. It’s not. It’s a seat of authority. When you become a chair person you become the gatekeeper. And as the gatekeeper, the gates swing wide open. Think of the opportunity to drive through those neighborhoods, in that seat of authority, and pray over your neighbors and the people living there. God does the work. We just become the light and reach out to them. It is a powerful place of prayer,” she explained.

I know what you’re probably thinking, “I don’t want to run.” But guess what, because so few people attend their precinct meetings, just by showing up, if you are the only one, you automatically would become the chairperson and receive the opportunity to pray from a seat of authority.

The bottom line is we have to quit complaining and get involved.

I live in a red state…or what used to be a red state until one of our last elections in which only 20% of voters showed up in one of the two primary cities. Because Christians did not get out to vote, in that one election, it essentially flipped our state purple, if not blue, because of those who were elected along with progressive amendments added to our state Constitution. Sadly, most Oklahoman’s don’t even recognize it…yet.

What about where you live? Most likely it is quietly being taken over as well.

It’s time we put our hands back on the wheel. We can no longer continue to operate under the lie of “separation of church and state” which is NOWHERE in our Constitution. (Where did it come from? In letters to the Danbury Baptists written by Thomas Jefferson where he penned his concern that government might encroach upon the Church! Not the reverse.)

Sadly, the government has encroached upon the Church as we find ourselves now in a battle for churches to continue. In Canada, a pastor was recently jailed for holding services at more than 15% capacity. In Santa Clara, North Valley Baptist Church was being fined $50,000 per week for refusing to stop worshipping together.

Now fighting back against such encroachments, two pastors in my local area have chosen to get involved. One is running for elected committee person and the other is running for U.S. Senate. Wait! Can they do that as pastors? Oh yeah. They can.

Dr. Paula Price is the pastor of Congregation of the Mighty, and Pastor Jackson Lahmeyer of Sheridan Church are both in Tulsa, OK. I asked Pastor Lahmeyer why he decided to run and what he would say to the pastors across America, some who might disagree with his decision.

He responded, “Our country is in the position we are in because of the pulpit. We are not in a good position as a country. Charles Finney, who led the 2nd Great Awakening, made a statement that essentially, if there is ever corruption in the halls of our government, if ever corruption in the boardrooms in America or if our households are falling apart, the pulpit is responsible. I think we can all say there is a lot of corruption in our nation from D.C. to the boardrooms, etc. Why? Because we (pastors) don’t address what is happening outside these four walls. It is so important that churches engage with their community and within the nation we are in because we don’t live within these four walls, we live outside them.

“There are two things we are told we should never talk about with people–faith and politics. Well, those are the two most important things in our lives because politics affects every aspect of our lives and faith should guide us in everything that we do.”

May we become Christians who will affect our communities because we choose to go outside the walls of the Church and get involved with areas that affect daily lives.

Lord, we repent that we didn’t recognize our need to support and even assist with those running for office and to be involved in the aspect of government. Forgive us where we took our hands off the wheel. Help us to have wisdom and courage to walk into areas beyond our comfort zone to support godly candidates and to even be willing to work within our precincts to pray over our neighborhoods and the people in them who so desperately need You. We pray for your revival fire to fill our homes, our neighborhoods, our cities and states and our nation.

NOTE: To find information on when and where your Party’s Convention will be held, you can begin with an internet search. Type in your county/political party/convention in the search. For example, in my area I could search 2021 Tulsa County Republican Party Convention.

The convention you need to attend will be based on the Party with which you are registered. Note, you must attend the convention in order to vote for party positions and delegates which is an important step in this process. To find out about becoming a precinct chair and when your precinct meetings are held you can do an internet search entering your state/Party/County Meetings to find the date and location. For Oklahoma readers here is your link: OK-GOP County Meetings/

 

Karen Hardin is the author “INFECTED: How to Stop the Global Spread of Rage, Deception and Insanity” To order click here. She is a literary agent, author, and intercessor. Her work has appeared in USA Today, World Net Daily, Intercessors For America, Charisma, CBN.com, The Elijah List, etc. She is also co-founder of the City-by-City prayer movement to save our nation. For additional information on her ministry, business or to sign up for her prophetic blog go to: www.karenhardin.com or you can contact her at www.prioritypr.org. (Photo Credit: Getty Images.)

Would you be willing to go to a precinct meeting? Become a precinct chairperson and pray over the neighborhoods in your precinct? Could THAT begin the revival we so desperately need in our nation? Would you be willing to volunteer to help someone else who is willing to run for office? Many such meetings are happening THIS weekend. Can we all commit to take a step in addition to prayer to say, Here I am Lord, use me?

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Mary W
March 11, 2021

Thankful for this fine Governor and for her testimony and leadership. God bless Gov. Noem in her diligent service to the people of her great state of SD. She is an inspiration to us all and carries her duties in grace and in honesty. Fill Your people, Lord with the strength, wisdom, discernment and courage needed in these most difficult times. Call Your people to action in love. To make a positive difference in our country and to Your Glory, Lord.

CD
March 8, 2021

My husband, my sister and brother in law have heeded God’s call to volunteer in our precincts! Time to put our hands back on the wheel! It’s an exciting time. God can use each and every one of us!

Pam Sims
March 5, 2021

I would love to share through email but I do not have outlook so I can’t. Please fix this.

Barb Heithoff
March 1, 2021

Yes, I feel called to pray over my neighborhoods. Where do I start? Where are the precinct meetings held or who do I contact?
Thank you for the healthy nudge!

Kathy Ewertz
March 1, 2021

I recently contacted my county commission to see if a position was available and I am aware of many others across the nation doing same thing. It is going to be action instead of inaction that changes the trajectory of our states and nation.

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Kathryn
February 28, 2021

Father- we ask that you would raise up an army of believers to come forward and volunteer to lead in their communities. We also ask that you would raise up people who can begin to influence in the education system. Help us to serve at these gates in our nation. Make us bold to stand in truth and righteousness in a spirit of love.

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Larissa Pence
February 27, 2021

Hello, and thank you for your platform.. I want to be a voice. However I do not have the education, or well speaking ! If course prayer is absolute.. I’d also like to at least do more than calling our local senator. What can I do?
~Liss

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Ron
February 27, 2021

Can an “Independent” hold a chair position?

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Sherry Pasquale
February 27, 2021

I agree with what has been stated. Thank you for the info. I would like to find out more about this in my state and county. Indiana/Cass County.

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Ren
February 27, 2021

Yes. I will attend my Precinct meeting and run for Chair.

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Denise Johnston
February 27, 2021

Love the action links and instructions at the end of the article. Both practical and helpful. Thank you!

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Sharon Manifold
February 27, 2021

Lord here I am use me 🙏🙏

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Santos Garcia, Jr.
February 27, 2021

Too much of the Body of Christ has been lulled into fear & trembling with the unfounded expectation that the Rapture will happen any minute, so why get involved. It is another deception of the fallen ones, since from the days of Paul ‘false prophets’ were declaring that the end was near. ONLY GOD the Father knows when the Rapture WILL happen! Until then we who are called Christians MUST be involved as ‘salt & light’ in our corrupt decaying society… on every level.

Each of us individually must seek the LORD as to where & what He wants us to do, as a platform for His Grace & Blessing to be manifested. He WILL hold us accountable for what WE were supposed to do- to fulfill the personal Destiny that He has called us to. Our salvation is NOT in question, IF we are truly Blood-bought children of YHVH GOD… But our ‘rewards’ are in jeopardy if we choose to live in fear instead of in Faith. We know in Whom we have believed & why… Share this truth and truly ‘witness’ [in the Greek ‘martyr’] to everyone the LORD desires to put on your heart with prayer & humility guiding the way. Be blessed: https://zionsgate.wordpress.com/2007/06/09/the-messiah-according-to-the-scriptures/ AND https://zionsgate.wordpress.com/2007/06/29/the-key-to-evangelism/

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Nancy Bryda
February 27, 2021

Separation of church and state is a lie. Jesus I ask you to help us take part in government as you direct and let this call go forth across America. We need to get involved in the culture as Jesus directs. I decree we are awakening not only to our call to evangelize America but to our call to take part in our governmental processes. We are bearers of light to the world and our call is to people and to nations as well. Ignite us LOrd for your purposes in America and for America to bring your light to the rest of the world. LOrd you are the one directing us for your purposes and thank you for this opportunity in this revolutionary season.

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Ren Vandesteeg
February 27, 2021

Getting Christians involved in the political realm is top priority!

If I could do it all over again, I would identify parishioners/people who would “sit in the city gates” as in the Old Testament. I would get these people involved in politics at all levels, starting at the precinct. I would preach and teach the Christian’s responsibilities to be salt and light in the political realm.

I’m a retired Air Force Chaplain (25 years) and retired pastor (23 years).I am ashamed of myself for not doing this when I could and should have. I am now 75 and am encouraging everyone I can to get involved politically.This is key to building the Kingdom of God!

Blessings,
Ren Vandesteeg
Chaplain, Colonel, (Retired) USAF

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    Karen Hardin
    February 27, 2021

    I think we can all look back and wish we had done more and been more involved. While we can’t change the past, we can affect the future. Thank you for being a voice to those you meet. If we all begin to do that, we WILL see the change we desperately need. Thank you for your service.

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    Robin
    February 27, 2021

    Thank you for your service sir. My generation is still learning from yours and with the grace of God and your experience we can all learn & make an impact right now. 😉

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    BEA JONES
    February 28, 2021

    My grandson is full time Air Force. I would love to put you two together. He loves the Lord and our country! Could you message me on FB and then I’ll put him in touch with you. I copied him your letter already!!! Bea Jones, I’m on a horse in the picture.

Janet
February 27, 2021

Lord, please send us more holy angels to help those who are called to government. Empower these men and women to take their place and stand firm in Jesus’ name.

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Steven Oberg
February 27, 2021

Excellent call to action, Karen. We need to be the Lord’s body as His church. When injustice and evil need to be recognized and confronted, we must be physically there, in addition to being “prayer warriors”. James 2:18:
“I will prove to you that I have faith by doing things.”

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Rogene Stone
February 27, 2021

Thank you Heavenly Father for Kristi Noem. Continue to use her. I prayed your safe keeping for Kristi and her family; keep them under the shadow of your wing protecting them day and night. Make Kristi and her family totally invisible from Satan. We thank you Father through Jesus your Son. In Jesus name we pray. Amen

PS. Lord raise up warriors for Your Kingdom. May your will be done in earth as it is in heaven. Thank you Father. In Jesus holy name we pray, Amen.

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Bobbi Seelig
February 27, 2021

Thank you for this article! A big problem in our nation is that “Christian” churches/pastors are preaching social justice, supporting BLM, etc from the pulpit. People are so brainwashed, including the pastors. My husband and I just left a church that was doing just this. People do not understand why we left, and we have sent them articles, videos, etc. trying to show them that what they are supporting is of Satan not God. This is exactly what Satan…wants to divide the church. I think God for intercessors for America, which has been a lifeline for me. I would love to see more articles on how we can deal with pastors or churches who are preaching what they think is right, but is really wrong.

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Grace Strong
February 27, 2021

Taking notes. thanks.

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brian
February 27, 2021

Thank you, Karen, for making us aware of what Kristi Noem is doing in her state. Please, Lord, give us the desire to step into the fray and help to make the political landscape different and better. Guide us and direct us as to how we can be Your hands and feet. How desperately we do need revival in our land! By Your grace, pour out your Spirit upon this land. You say in Your word, that no weapon that is fashioned against You shall stand. Well, these weapons are being fashioned against You. By Your mighty power and love, tear these weapons down!

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    Linda
    February 27, 2021

    Love what you said about little foxes spoiling the vine but a stone brought down the giant.

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Doug Spurling
February 27, 2021

Karen, thank you.of all your writing I’ve read…this, this may be the most important piece.

Share this in every venue, newspaper, street corner you can find. It’s the little foxes that spoil the vine. And a little stone brought down the giant.

Well done.
Stay the course

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    Karen Hardin
    February 27, 2021

    Thank you for your encouragement and for being part of the IFA community. It is very appreciated!

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ROSA MONDEJA
February 27, 2021

Thank you God! This article is an answered prayer! Faith without works is dead! Father revolutionize your ekklesia so that we can effect change in our nation. As churches begin to open stir the hearts and minds of Pastors across America into understanding that we can no longer do church as usual. Our nation, freedom, family, and faith are under attack and we can’t take a cruise ship Christianity approach into the battlefield. Holy Spirit fills us with your power, wisdom, and courage so we can answer the call to join the Lord’s army. Lord equip us through your Word, strengthen us spiritually, emotionally, and physically, fill us with boldness to answer your call into ACTIVE duty, and enable us to be shepherded by Pastors who are not led by political correctness, afraid to take a stand, believe the myth of separation of church and state, and their 501C3 rather than being led by the power of your Holy Spirit, a desire to do your will against all odds, and follow the example of brave Pastors during the founding our nation. Father use us! It is time to go into enemy camp and take back what the enemy has stolen! Father if YOU are for us who can be against us!
Thank you Father for inspiring Karen to write this article! Now it’s up to us to get involved! In Jesus Mighty name AMEN!

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Lisa
February 27, 2021

More people need to get involve and run for office. No more career politicians but everyday folks. She is right about more Christians have to get out and vote.

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Prophet Jacqueline Jones
February 27, 2021

Yes I answer the call to let God use me as a Precinct Chairperson and pray over the neighborhoods. I do that now in the neighborhood where I live. As I do my daily walk in the neighborhood I prayer walk and get in my exercise and talk to God about world affairs and we are affected as a church
OUR religious freedom is being cancelled.So much has happened in 30 days of the new administration being in office. We must rise up and do something NOW.Or we have loss as The Body Of Christ. I Delare and Decree that the Real Pastors Will Arise Now and take a Stand against Cancel Culture and make a difference.

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Lila
February 27, 2021

Thank you for this excellent article. I too thought what can I do. Well I am 83,but not to old to do something. In my state they need signatures to recall certain politicians not doing the job of we the people. So I went down and signed. Then they asked if I wanted to go out and get signatures in my area. I said yes.This I am doing. I cannot sit idly by and see our nation go down. NO! We all must do our part.

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    Karen Hardin
    February 27, 2021

    Lila,

    You are an inspiration to us all!

    Thank you for letting us know and reminding us how we can all find a place to serve. You are awesome!

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Anne Conolly
February 27, 2021

I have to say that this is one of the best articles! I have prayed and I have asked, today I found confirmation, I am praying and I will step out!

As we seek God always answers and guides our foot steps! Thank you Jesus for the many you are raising up!

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Laura K
February 27, 2021

Thank you Karen. This is an answer to my question of only a few minutes before I read your article. I am going to see how I can play my part in a practical way. I have found the information and now need to take action and follow through.

Thank You Lord for the answer to a prayer I had prayed before and again just now. Lord show me and others how to be your hands and feet in these alarming times. Amen

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Yvonne Pendleton
February 27, 2021

Father, help us to see the need to be part of our local party system. Use us to make a difference. May be obedient to pray for those you call to run in our districts. In Jesus

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Robert Bingaman
February 27, 2021

I read recently that praying for God to do something for which we aren’t willing to spend our own time or money, is lazy and ineffective – now that I think about it, it seems the opposite of James’s claim that fervent, effectual prayer avails much.
As many others I have wanted to know what can be done to stand up to the bullying going on in our country by the left. This article encourages me to get involved – to spend my time and money on something important enough that I have spent hours praying about it.
Thank you!

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Augie
February 27, 2021

Thank you for this excellent and convicting article. We, God’s people, need to wake up, speak up, and step up.

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