“… if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land” (2 Chronicles 7:14).
Brothers and sisters, I'm going to say some tough things below. I'm saying them in love, and they are hard things to think about–but someone, sometime must say them! We must think about them! We cannot go on the way we have been! Don't get under condemnation, but let's think about these things together today. Can we?
I am so frustrated, beloveds. Aren't you? People are dying. Being murdered and shot down in cold blood. Innocent people. Black people and white people both. Many of my African-American friends are living in fear. I have dear friends who are police officers also and they are godly people, and I suspect their families are also afraid.
Beloveds, this is not time for another civil war!
So what is it time for? What's the only thing that can heal racism and stop the violence?
“… if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land” (2 Chronicles 7:14). THIS IS THE ONLY THING THAT CAN STOP THE VIOLENCE!
FOR GOD'S PEOPLE–YES, INCLUDING YOU AND ME–TO HUMBLE OURSELVES and PRAY and seek God's face and turn from OUR–YOUR AND MY–wicked ways!
I know “the rules of writing” say I shouldn't write using “you” language. It's too offensive, they say. People might get mad.
But you know what? I'm sick of people hearing the Word of God and applying it to everybody else. If this offends you, too bad.
WAKE UP, CHURCH! PEOPLE ARE DYING! They're dying and, in many cases, GOING TO HELL–and we let the world pass by while we sip our coffee and eat our doughnuts and enjoy our sleep!
WHERE IS THE PASSION? Where is the fire? What ever became of seeking God first?
Believers in the early church fasted two days a week to seek God's face. When was the last time you fasted just to seek God's face and ask Him to bring you into new levels of consecration to Him?
Saints throughout the ages have worn holes in their carpet from their praying. Their walls have been stained with tears as they have leaned against their bedroom walls and cried out to God in prayer for hours at a time. How are your walls looking? Are there any holes in your carpet?
Jesus frequently spent all night in prayer to God. When was the last time you spent even 30 minutes in prayer to God? Laid on your face and poured out your heart to Him?
I'm preaching to myself here too. Where is the passion? Where is the fire? WAKE UP, CHURCH!
America isn't going to heal herself. Only God can heal America.
Only God can heal racism and stop the police brutality. Only God can end abortion and stop the genocide of a generation. Only God can remove corruption and bring righteousness at every level of government.
But where were you the last time your church held a prayer meeting?
What did you choose, the last time you had to choose between pride and humbling yourself? What did I choose?
When was the last time you really sought God in prayer? When did I?
Or do we just go through the motions?
When was the last time you sought God for His face and not just His hand? I'm asking myself the same thing.
Are we willing to turn from our wicked ways?
It's an individual choice. If you are, God is ready and willing AND EAGER to hear from Heaven, forgive your sin, and heal our land.
It's up to you.