March 9, 2013
We live in troubled times. It seems that just about everything that can go wrong is going wrong in the world. The only solution to the problem is a revival among God’s people. In this post I want to look at why this is essential to our wellbeing as individuals and as a nation.
2 Chronicles 7:14 explains this about as well as any passage in the Bible. We quote this verse often, but do we take the time to find out what it really means? While this verse is written to the nation of Israel, it applies to Christians today. Note that it says “my people, which are called by my name.” This describes Christians as well as any people of any time.
There are four things we need to do as Christians if we want our land healed. First we must humble themselves, This means we are to lower ourselves and be in subjection to our God. We are not to not think too highly of ourselves.
Romans 12:3 tells us that we are to see ourselves as we really are, and not as we think we are. We are to be sober minded, realizing that God has given a measure of faith to each of us. This measure of faith is not saving faith, it is the faith required to use the gifts God has given us. The important part of this thought is “GOD HAS GIVEN US.” We are what we are by the grace of God, and not by our own merit.
Humbling ourselves means we must let go of our pride and submit to God and to the authorities He as placed over us. This includes parents, pastors, government, bosses, etc.
The second thing we are to do is pray. The Hebrew word used here includes the idea of self-judgment. It also means to make supplication or to be bent under because of the load. We must first judge ourselves and seek God’s forgiveness, and then judge that our nation is in sin and needs to repent (Isaiah 6:5). This is seen in Ephesians 6:18. We are to pray “always.” This is not talking about at all times, it is talking about in every way, or area, in our lives.
Let me take a break to explain the difference between alway and always. There are two parts to each of these. “Al”, means all or all inclusive. “Way” means a path. Alway is singular and always is plural. Alway means for the full length of the path. Always means in every path. When Jesus said “lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world” He is saying that He is with us for the whole length of the path to the end of the world. In our present passage Paul is telling us to pray in every area (way) of our lives.
Prayer and supplication means that we go to God with our requests and that we are bent under by our burden. This is the “effectual fervent prayer” of James 5:16. It is this kind of prayer that is essential to revival.
Next we are to seek the face of God. This means to seek God’s approval as a dog looks into the face of his master seeking approval. 2 Timothy 2:15 tells us that we are to study to show ourselves approved of God. This means that we are to study God’s Word to find out what pleases God and then apply it in our lives.
Matthew 6:33 tells us that to receive the blessings of God we are to seek first the kingdom of God. This is seeking God’s face to see what pleases Him.
I should add that this requires faith. Hebrews 11:6 tells us we can’t please God without faith. Christian faith is believing God enough to do what He says.
Finally we are to turn from our wicked ways. Turn here means to turn back or to turn around. It has essentially the same meaning as repentance.
If you search the Scriptures you will find that the lost are told to repent, but never to repent of their sins, or their sin. The lost are told to repent from their dead works (Hebrews 6:1). Repenting from dead works is turning from our own efforts to be right with God and trusting in the works of Christ on the cross. Acts 20:21 tells us that the message that is for the lost is turning to God for mercy and placing our faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.
Only Christians are told to repent, or turn from their sins. The lost are incapable of turning from their sin because they are dead in their trespasses and sin (Colossians 2:13) and they cannot receive the things of God (1 Corinthians 2:14).
Wicked ways includes everything that is opposed to good. 1 Thessalonians 5:22 tells us that if something just looks bad we are to abstain from it. It seems that most Christians of our day spend more time trying to find out how much they can get away with that finding out what God wants them to do.
When we get these four things in order God promises to do three things. The first is to hear from Heaven. This is more than just hearing and even understanding, it means to hear and pay attention.
Secondly He promises to forgive our sin as a nation and as individuals. Notice that sin is in the singular. This means that it is inclusive of all of our sins.
Finally he promises to heal our land. The problems in our nation are not political, they are spiritual. When Christians live their testimony before a lost world in brings conviction in the hearts of the lost. Things that were once shameful in American society are now accepted because Christians are not living godly lives. The divorce rate among professing Christians is equal to the divorce rate among the lost. Living together outside of marriage is acceptable with many so-called Christians. Professing Christians are no more honest or dependable than the lost world. And I could go on and on.
God cannot heal our land until Christians get their lives right. Revival is essential because it is the only hope for the lost and for our nation.
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