GOD’S WORD FOR FEBRUARY 12
GOD’S WORD FOR FEBRUARY 12 (PART 2) ~ ~ 2 CHRON 7:13-14~ ~“If I shut up heaven that there be no rain, or if I command the locusts to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among my people;
If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”
We heard a lot about this the last few years, and hopefully Christians are responding. But, do we know what’s involved in this?
“Wicked ways” are not just sins. It isn’t enough to repent of known sins, and say some prayers for our nation.
“Wicked ways” means lifestyle, attitude, priorities, not only individual sins. It means living the transformation that took place when we were saved. It means living as that new creation that we have become.
Many Christians (not all, of course) are not doing that. Time with the Lord is not a priority. They think church and nightly prayers are enough.
If we want change in this nation, it has to begin in the True Church, the Bride of Christ. As Scripture says,
“For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?”
We have made the government an idol.
If the people as a whole, and individuals, have problems, who is expected to fix it? THE GOVERNMENT! Who has lied to the people and promises to fix everything? THE GOVERNMENT! Who is actually working for the anti-christ, and full time AGAINST the God of the Universe? THE GOVERNMENT!
THIS is why God has put America under His divine judgment, not merely because of what we see today, but the slide that’s been moving under our feet for hundreds of years in this nation, and the people were too happy with life as it was to disrupt it, so God went to the back burner of their mind. Going to church on Sunday was enough to quiet their conscience.
When people my age were in high school, we were somewhat aware of that. The Daughters of the American Revolution had an essay contest every year for high school girls. I remember one particular year the subject was entitled “Dangers of a Complacent America”. As I wrote it, something opened up in me, that this is indeed serious, and we MUST reverse it. It was and is intensely serious. But even that didn’t get to the heart of the problem. It was going down the wrong street to get to the destination we desired. We were still bypassing full and deep repentance.
The government wouldn’t be able to take control if the Church was doing its job, and not accepting the gifts and bribes of this world, and, instead, standing her ground on this earth in the name of Jesus. But, for the most part, she has relinquished her role of educating the next generation, and standing firm on law and justice in society. Many Christians have even bought the lie that we aren’t supposed to speak up in the government, nor do they think it’s necessary to vote. That is very dangerous and against the principles of the Almighty, especially now, when it is not just economic and political issues at stake, but the very essence of justice and righteousness.
Our God is being mocked before our eyes and many are just shaking their heads and going on with their lives.
All this is hideous to God, and yet, in His grace and mercy, He has not yet acted. But it is not without it’s fallen. Many have missed salvation because their focus is wrong. The sight direction is inward instead of upward.
Just because God seemed to be silent, doesn’t mean he was winking at it. He’s not a smiling grandfather saying, “boys will be boys”…..but while He is slow to anger,
He is totally righteous, and America will not escape judgment, and, indeed, it has started.
It could be that this nation, and this world system, have gone too far for the Almighty to stop the judgment. If so, this would probably be because He knows the repentance won’t happen, ….that the entire human race has reached Romans 1:28:
“And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;”
But we don’t know that. We must keep praying and living it out.
Also, it is imperative that each individual citizen repent of the idolatry and selfishness, and truly turn to Him again. If He goes on with the judgment of nations at this time, He will still shower mercy and grace of truly repentant individuals.
And maybe, just maybe, this nation and world can be another Nineveh (Jonah 3:5-10)
“ Then the people of Nineveh believed in God; and they called a fast and put on sackcloth, from the greatest to the least of them. When the word reached the king of Nineveh, he got up from his throne, removed his robe from himself, covered himself with sackcloth, and sat on the dust. And he issued a proclamation, and it said, “In Nineveh by the decree of the king and his nobles: No person, animal, herd, or flock is to taste anything. They are not to eat, or drink water. But every person and animal must be covered with sackcloth; and people are to call on God vehemently, and they are to turn, each one from his evil way, and from the violence which is in their hands. Who knows, God may turn and relent, and turn from His burning anger so that we will not perish.’
When God saw their deeds, that they turned from their evil way, then God relented of the disaster which He had declared He would bring on them. So He did not do it.”
The Book of Revelation describes the end times, (which looks a lot like this) which will, for sure, come. But, like everything else, it’s all in God’s hands and His timing. However, He reacts to our actions and attitudes. He is watching.
Our individual futures depend upon what we do NOW!
The futures of our children and grandchildren depend upon what they are taught NOW!!!
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