Can Politicians Really Save America?

Politics are not the total answer
Politics are not the total answer

Certainly the eyes of Americans are on politics right now. With the events of the Democratic National Convention and the recent Republican Convention, the rhetoric is certainly flowing. So are the promises and the verbal attacks. Many decisions will need to be made once in office in light of current issues and problems. It certainly will affect the direction of America.

While none of this is new to politics in America at election time, it is evident that the major candidates have to be carefully evaluated. Both have “interesting” histories, and it must be taken into consideration, as well as their platform. Past performances of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump can certainly indicate probable future performance. Much prayer is needed for our future leaders – and present ones, too!

One thing that clearly stands out in the Bible is the blessing that a godly person can bring to a nation. How they were often able to change the history of that nation (Israel and Judah) simply because they read the Bible and sought their answers and direction from God – from Whom they received infallible wisdom and direction.

If you have been following my posts, then you know that a number of them have been about revival. Revival is a work of God performed in believing hearts to bring God’s people back into a right relationship with Him. Oftentimes, many souls are saved at about the same time. Today, the world and its allurements loom large in the hearts and minds of a large number of believers, leaving little room or time for real worship and service. It is doubtful that the Apostle Paul would recognize many of them as real Christians.

The reason I have been talking so much about revival is because God is needed to bring a correction and re-direction to America. As a whole, the nation is undoubtedly moving away from God and His Son Jesus Christ. What believers need to realize is that this is always the tendency of non-believers and nominal Christians.

While the polls are important and not to be neglected, the greater problem is neglecting God – the only One Who can re-establish righteousness in the land! Is He willing to do it? Yes! Can He do it? Yes! But it is also certain that at some point America will answer for its current sins and indifference!

On more than one occasion in the Bible, God faulted and judged leaders and those who followed them because they looked to people rather than God first for deliverance or answers! One such example is found in II Chronicles 16:7, where we see that Asa could not totally defeat the enemy because of it: “And at that time Hanani the seer came to Asa king of Judah, and said unto him, Because thou hast relied on the king of Syria, and not relied on the LORD thy God, therefore is the host of the king of Syria escaped out of thine hand.”

This principle applies on large and small scales. Blessings that might have been are often missed because looking to God first has been overlooked. If you are a believer and reading this, I hope that today you will look to God first in His Word, and let Him guide and strengthen you. Revival, and the real hope of America’s future, rests with you and me.

For Revival,
Evangelist Mike Valles

Does the Bible Really Teach Salvation by Good Works?

The 10 Commandments Only Reveal Our Inability to Please God
The 10 Commandments Only Reveal Our Inability to Please God

Many people believe that God offers salvation to those who work hard for it. This concept is taught by a large number of religious leaders all over the world.

The idea, some think, is that if the good deeds outweigh the bad, then God will overlook the sin and receive them into Heaven. While most people believe this, this way of salvation is not found anywhere in the Bible.

Part of the problem as to why it is believed is because so few people actually care enough about their soul to discover the truth – Bible truth. So, they leave it up to religious leaders to present it to them – and they hope the leader really knows. Unfortunately, when the blind lead the blind…

Now, I am not trying to be overly critical, but I do want you to know the truth that can save your soul. The Bible does make it very plain to those who really want the truth. This is why Jesus said, in John 8:32: “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”

This freedom that Christ spoke of is not some fleeting feeling or mere religious idea that has no real value in this life. Instead, it is a real knowledge that your sins are forgiven because of a very real transaction that took place between you and God.

What is the truth that sets you free from sin and its eternal penalty? There are several elements to it, but it is not difficult to understand. After all, God has told us that He wants to save all people.

The first essential truth that must be understood is that God tells us we all are sinners. There are no exceptions. The Bible says: “As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one” (Romans 3:10); and “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). Of course, this includes both me and you.

The next thing to be understood is that sin sends the sinner to Hell. A holy God cannot let sin into Heaven. He also is just and the Judge of all. His Word, in Romans 6:23 tells us: “For the wages of sin is death…” The word “death” in this verse is a reference to eternal death, or Hell.

The sin of every human is written in God’s books. There is no sin left out. In Matthew 12:36, Jesus tells His disciples that: “But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.” Jesus told them that even the “idle words,” the words carelessly spoken are all written down!

The next thing to know is that no good work can erase a single sin! It does not matter what type of work it is – religious works included! It needs to be realized, that if salvation could be obtained by being good, then it would have been totally unnecessary for Christ to die on the cross!

The Bible makes it clear that no one has ever been saved by being good. Sin condemns us all! We are told in Ephesians 2:8,9 that: “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.” Did you see that part where it says “not of works”?

When God sent Christ to die for us, it was because there was no other way to erase our sins and let us go to Heaven! Our sin demanded both physical and spiritual death. The next important truth is to understand that Christ’s blood was the payment for what we owed. The sinless Son of God became our Substitute, and His sacrifice was sufficient to obtain our forgiveness and freedom from such a penalty.

Christ died and rose again to not only pay our debt of sin, but also to reveal that the debt was fully paid! If not, He would not have come out of the grave!

Now, I mentioned a “transaction” earlier in this post. Here it is – don’t miss it. Christ’s payment for sin is not to be taken lightly. God offers forgiveness to those who are sorry for their sin and want to turn from it.

The final truth necessary for salvation, which will make you“free”, or “saved,” is that you need to personally go to God in prayer and admit to Him your sin and sinfulness. Confess that you are worthy of His wrath and damnation, but that you know that Christ paid for your sin. Ask Him to forgive you and to save you right now on the basis of what Christ did for you, and He will save you this very moment!

Consider these verses:

Romans 3:24 “Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.”
John 3:16,17 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.”

By making salvation so easy to obtain, anyone can get saved. God loves you and He wants to save you. This is, however, the only way.

Have you asked Him to save you today? I hope and pray that you have. The freedom comes because you know your sins are forgiven and that you are on your way to Heaven.

For an Eternity with God,
Evangelist Mike Valles

If you would like to learn more about salvation, I invite you to download this free eBook, entitled: How to Be Saved and Know It.

Or, if you already are a believer and would like to learn more about Christ and how to serve Him better, I invite you to look at these Christian eBooks and other materials that will help you grow spiritually.

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The Great Blessings That Revival May Bring

Revival is needed at the Capitol!
Our nation needs true revival

I have been talking much about revival lately. I have showed how to get it, but have not yet revealed what blessings may be expected from it.

The blessings I want to talk about are those that a nation can enjoy when it, as a whole, is right with God. The Scripture that I will use come mostly from the Old Testament, since God was primarily dealing with Israel as a nation at the time.

If you are wondering what revival is, according to the Bible, let me define it this way: It means to come to a place where you choose to stop serving self and sin and are sorry for it, and start serving God (repent) with all your being and energy, and you do it according to the Bible. Revival is for true believers in Christ.

We have been seeing a lot of trouble in our nation recently. Starting with the shooting of the policemen in Dallas, there have also been a lockdown at the Capitol, robberies, riots, wild fires, drought, drugs, and more problems. There is no doubt that America is in trouble and needs healing.

A great revival verse I mentioned in an earlier post, II Chronicles 7:14, tells us that if we (Christians) will follow the steps mentioned in that verse, that Almighty God can change the nation. This is the blessing America needs now! When Christians are tired of being lackadaisical, sinful, and in general – uncaring – and they repent of those things, God promises: “then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” Christian, did you see it – He will heal our land!

Here are some of other promised blessings that can proceed from revival that a believer serving God might expect:

  1. A Long Life

Currently, our nation is seeing more deaths than ever. This is clearly because people are getting away from God. Death is increasing on our highways, because of drugs, disease, guns, and more. But notice the last phrase in this verse:

Deuteronomy 6:2 “That thou mightest fear the LORD thy God, to keep all his statutes and his commandments, which I command thee, thou, and thy son, and thy son’s son, all the days of thy life; and that thy days may be prolonged.”

  1. A Blessed Life

Many people in America are realizing that things just are not as good as they used to be. Most people now have to lock their doors at night (with several locks!), their cars, and even be careful how they use credit cards online and at ATMS, etc. It is more stressful, there are more problems, and many people – including Christians – do not experience much joy anymore. Our current political candidates don’t seem to help us expect better days, either. When there is revival, God said things will be better.

Deut. 6:3 “Hear therefore, O Israel, and observe to do it; that it may be well with thee…”

  1. Grow in Might

Developing into a powerful nation was one of God’s promised blessings if that nation would serve Him. America, though technologically advanced, has actually diminished in strength, in terms of the numbers of soldiers at home and abroad. Other nations mock us because of perceived weakness. Americans used to be able to hold their heads high as they traveled abroad. It isn’t so today. Notice this promised blessing:

Deut. 6:3 “…and that ye may increase mightily, as the LORD God of thy fathers hath promised thee…”

  1. Abundance

Deut. 6:3 “…in the land that floweth with milk and honey.”

One of the great benefits was that God promised an abundance of crops and goods to the nation that served Him correctly. America certainly once knew of those kinds of blessings. Yes, some of the blessings are still there – for now – but not like they used to be. In the news we read of many people, including school children, going hungry. Of course, some problems are caused by sin and misuse of money, and food prices are high, too. Then there are recalls because food is or may be contaminated. Besides that, much that is called “food” these days isn’t even healthy to eat! Companies just want to make money, so they take shortcuts.

  1. Goodness

People live in fear today. Fear that they might be harmed when going to work, at work, or when going to the store, such as WalMart nad other large stores. A lot of crazy things have been happening. This kind of fear did not exist in many communities until just recently – but it is there now! When God’s people get right and mean business about serving Him, He can bring the good back into our neighborhoods and places of work, and in our homes! He is able. Read what He promised:

Deuteronomy 6:24 “And the LORD commanded us to do all these statutes, to fear the LORD our God, for our good always, that he might preserve us alive, as it is at this day.”

Christian friend, I invite you to get serious with God. Start praying for yourself, for others around you to be saved and get right. Be faithful to a Bible-preaching church, read the Bible, and tell others about Him. The time is short.

Will you be part of those who will help bring revival to America?

Evangelist Mike Valles


Have you seen these other blog posts about revival?

  1. America’s Desperate Need for Revival!
  2. Why Revival Is Needed
  3. The First Step Toward Revival
  4. How to Recognize a Biblical Revival
  5. The Key to a Future Strong America

Christ Offers Salvation and a Better Life

Many people today are finding out that life is tough. There is stress and turmoil at work, in the nation, and often at home. Looking around the world, one quickly discovers more of the same. Money is tight for many people, and health problems can make matters worse. Of course, not everyone is feeling the pain of these things, but I know that many of you are.

When Christ walked on earth about 2,000 years ago, the situation was not much better. Hardship abounded in Israel, largely because the Roman soldiers were oppressive and cruel.

Into this mix of division, hardship, and suppressed dreams, Christ came. No, He did not attempt to overthrow the government and free Israel from the Romans. Still, He told them that He was the Door of the sheep, and in John 10:9 He promised: “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”

As the Door to Heaven itself, and the only One, Jesus Christ promised those who come to Him, salvation, daily sufficiency, and comfort. Along with it, He promised a better life in the very next verse (John 10:10): “I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.”

The abundant life that Christ offers begins with forgiveness. The guilt of our sin against God can be heavy, but God promises forgiveness to those who seek it from Him. Face it, you know very well that guilt can produce stress; but God wants to take it away, if you are serious about turning from sin. God’s Word tells us that we all are sinners: “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23).

If you will but come to the One Who loves you immensely – enough to send His own Son to die for you – He promises to forgive and save you from Hell, too. In that well-known verse, John 3:16, Jesus said: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

Notice that the “abundant life” doesn’t begin until Christ gives it. This means you don’t have it yet. In fact, you can’t have it until your life gets in line with God’s plan for your life. Once you seek Christ for forgiveness and salvation, then you can also begin to know what the “peace of God” is in your heart. There won’t be any real peace there until you make peace with God first.

The abundant life Christ offers is not one in which everything is just fantastic every day. It won’t happen. What will happen after you come to Christ is that you will discover a new life, a new power to live the way God wants, and have His guidance through life from the Bible. There will also be so much more.

In order to receive God’s abundant life, you need to be willing to trade in the one you are living now. Why not ask Christ to forgive you of your sin right now, and ask Him for salvation and His abundant life?

Yours, for Salvation,
Evangelist Mike Valles

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P.S. – If you have still questions about salvation and the abundant life Christ offers, I encourage you to download my free eBook: How to Be Saved and Know It and read it carefully. It will answer many questions.

Can Your Church Give You Salvation?

Christ Saves - not Churches
A Church Cannot Save You – Christ Can

Being that today is Sunday, I am sure that many people will be going to church. This is a good thing, and I hope that many more people will go, too, even those who have not been in a church for a long time.

The thing that I want to focus on this morning is the issue of “why” some people go to church. Of course, many people have been brought up in church. They plan on going and are often faithful to every service. Again, I think this is a good thing.

For those who may look at going to church as a part of going to Heaven, however, I want you to pay attention to this post. Salvation does not come to people through the local church.

Don’t get me wrong. It certainly can be valuable in showing people how to go to Heaven – but it cannot confer the gift of salvation to you.

I have met a number of people who have gone to church all their lives. They thought they were saved and on their way to Heaven, but one day they discovered they were wrong. What brought them to this conclusion?

A number of them just thought it was kind of automatic. They knew the lingo, the songs, were faithful and some had even been serving actively in the church for years. Others around them thought they were saved, too.

The plain truth, however, is different than that. You see, just because you go to a pool or lake and start swimming, does not at all make you a fish. Walking into a garage won’t make you a car either. Likewise, going to church, no matter how often, will not make you a Christian.

The Lord Jesus tells us how to be saved. He said in John 3:3 that every person needs to have a new birth. We were born into the wrong family and our sin proves it. We love to go against the laws of God. Every one of us is guilty of breaking His laws. God’s Word tells us: “As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one” (Romans 3:10). Because of our sin, we all are on our way to Hell: “For the wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23).

The only way this situation could be changed was for God to do something about it. He loved us, and proved “his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8). Notice that Christ, the Son of God died for us. Not the church.

Participating in religious ceremonies and services cannot wash away sin. Only the blood of Jesus can do that. It can wash away all your sin.

In order to be saved, you need to come straight to God. You must confess your sinfulness to God and be willing to turn from it. There is no one else Who can save you: “For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus” (I Timothy 2:5).

The reason the church members I mentioned earlier were not saved is because they realized they had never actually asked God to forgive them and save them. They had been baptized, joined the church, and did more – but this cannot save you.

Salvation comes only by believing on the Lord Jesus Christ. This must be a deliberate decision on your part and it takes places at a specific point of time. Have you deliberately chosen to trust Christ to be your Savior. Can you point to a time when you did that? Consider what Christ said: “He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God” (John 3:18).

I hope and pray that you have called on Him for salvation – or will do it now.

Evangelist Mike Valles

P.S. – If you have still questions about salvation, I encourage you to download my free eBook: How to Be Saved and Know It and read it carefully. It will answer many questions.

The Key to a Future Strong America

Proverbs 14:34 “Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people.”

As I was thinking about the state of affairs in America and the problems often seen in our daily nation’s news media headlines, and wondering what would make it a better nation, the above verse came to mind. The answer, of course, really is not hard to come up with, once an open mind is applied.

Part of the problem today is the place where people often look to find their solutions. They are looking at sources of help to provide temporary solutions. Things that may have provided temporary solutions in the past are being sought out to provide more patches on ever larger problems – which are sure to eventually totally collapse. This usually means they look to politicians, legislation, technology, or finances.

In order to stop this forward-looking attitude that is sure to contain corruption and further degradation, including current political candidates, a different outlook is desperately needed. The answer to America’s problems is found in the question: What is it that made America great in the first place?

Some historians have observed that other nations in the western world were started by those who came seeking for gold. They sought riches, and their pursuit of them often drove them to live selfishly. The governments they created often followed that same pattern, and some of those nations even today frequently have miscarriages of justice by officials who just don’t care.

America was different. Sure there were undoubtedly some who fell into that same category in those early days of establishing colonies. Instead of searching for gold, many of the first settlers here were seeking religious freedom from persecution and oppression in the East. They wanted to be able to worship God as they believed the Bible and their conscience directed.

Later on, in the formative days, the Constitution and Bill of Rights were written largely based on the Bible. These documents are still among the greatest and fairest laws and guidelines held by any nation.

The founders and writers of those documents realized that fair and just laws can only be used to govern people who enjoy righteousness. Like the above verse declares, adopting sinful principles and practices does not merely increase personal pleasure, as some suppose, but it “is a reproach to any people.” It brings shame and degradation to any nation who practices those things. Rome was eventually destroyed by this very problem.

A statesman and historian of the past, Alexis de Tocqueville, who came to America from France around 1830 to discover what made America great, said this in his book – Democracy in America (please note that some say this quote may have been written by someone else):

“America is great because America is good, and if America ever ceases to be good, America will cease to be great.”

He also said this about his discovery of the secret of America’s greatness:

“I sought for the key to the greatness and genius of America in her harbors…; in her fertile fields and boundless forests; in her rich mines and vast world commerce; in her public school system and institutions of learning. I sought for it in her democratic Congress and in her matchless Constitution.

“Not until I went into the churches of America and heard her pulpits flame with righteousness did I understand the secret of her genius and power.”

True righteousness comes from a higher and unchanging standard – not an evolving one. The Bible is the highest standard possible because it has the purest Author possible. God’s laws not only establish righteousness, but the Spirit of God also enables righteousness in believers. Its effect and capabilities to produce a righteous and great nation have already been tested and proven beyond any doubt. This is why real revival is so necessary to preserve the greatness of this country.

Every Christian is either part of the problem or part of the solution. My fellow Christian, are you truly seeking revival? Isn’t it time?

Evangelist Mike Valles

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