2 Chronicles 7:14
God’s chosen people are to be His representatives on Earth. But they often stumble blindly after idols when they forget the truth and their calling. As long as Israel obeyed God, He had made a covenant with them, promising to take care of them and bring them prosperity. In addition, He stated that if they did not comply, He would curse them. There was a direct correlation between their obedience and prosperity and their disobedience and hardship due to the covenant relationship. Unfortunately, many Christians of today frequently resemble the “Chosen” in the Bible.
Solomon had approached God to plan for the people of Israel for when they had sinned. God replied with four conditions for pardoning:
A genuine apology is more than talk, it is a changed conduct. Regardless of whether we sin independently, as a gathering, or as a country, abiding by these four steps will prompt absolution. God will answer our sincere petitions.
Nobody is perfect except God. No one is exempt from sin; it is a condition that we all share. We all stand liable before him (Romans 3:23) and need his pardoning. We should eagerly come to Jesus when we realize that we have sinned. Just knowing that we have the capacity to sin should give us the desire to seek God’s guidance and strength.
Regardless of how well we perform or what we might accomplish contrasted with others, not even one of us can flaunt their goodness when contrasted with God’s norm. God anticipates that we should not only submit to his rules, however he wants us to cherish him with our entire existence. Nobody aside from Jesus Christ has done that flawlessly. Since we as a whole miss the mark, we should go to Jesus to save us.
There are three things that we all should have within us, hunger, honesty, and humility.
We should have a hunger for God.
Do we know what true spiritual hunger is? Do we hunger for God like we hunger for food and water? (bacon) Do we have a passion for Christ like we have a passion for football? As the existence of a deer relies on water, our lives rely on God. The people who look for him and long to understand and comprehend him will find eternal life.
If we have a spiritual hunger, we should be seeking God. Just like when our stomach growls for something to eat when we are physically hungry, our spirit should be hungry for the Lord. Just having small bits here and there do not satisfy. How often do we wonder through the house, aimlessly? It seems like we are dissatisfied, agitated, or anxious? When was the last time we sat at the spiritual table and had a MEAL?
We should be honest with God.
Do we truly open ourselves to God and expose our sins? We must know that we cannot hide our sins. We must be open and submit to God. Do we know what it is in our heart? We should tell the Lord how we feel and what we think and be ready to hear the Lord speak to us. We must never forget to give God praise.
At the point when Jesus utilized the image of his disciples taking up their crosses to follow him, the disciples knew what he implied. Torturous killing, via crucifixion, was a typical Roman strategy for execution. Sentenced lawbreakers needed to help their own cross as they walked through the roads to the site of their execution. Along these lines, following Jesus implied a genuine dedication, and with the possibility of death, and no retreating or turning back.
We are to keep in our minds the things that will show up in our words and actions, truth, honesty, pure, of good report, virtuous, and praiseworthy. We need to examine what we put in our minds through books, music, television, and the internet. We should be removing the harmful negative material and replacing it with godly material. Lest we forget, we are to be reading God’s Word daily.
By human nature, we have a natural capacity to sin. Unless we have accepted Christ as our personal Savior, the sin nature has not been eliminated.
We should humble ourselves before God.
David had asked God to search for any sin and point it out. When God points out our sin then we are to repent. But we must be humble to God and submit to his divine surgery of our hearts. We must realize that we are unclean in the presence of God’s holiness. We may need to go through a painful cleansing before we are prepared to perform a task.
Humbling ourselves means that we are to recognize we are only worthy through Christ. Our independent nature and abilities do not give us strength, only through the power of Christ are we worthy. In spite of the fact that we do not merit his approval, he contacts us in affection and gives us dignity and worth, regardless of our human weaknesses.
Revival in our land can only come from a revival in our personal lives. Everyone that professes Christ as their personal Savior need to seek repentance for themselves, then they can pray and seek repentance and forgiveness in their families, and in their churches. Only then will it be able to grow into a community wide revival across the land.
To have revival within our hearts, our minds, and in our lives, it can only happen by having a Humble Heart and a Holy Hunger while being in Persistent Prayer. This will lead to a Radical Repentance.
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God called me into the ministry over 20 years ago and I have had the blessed opportunity to preach for a church radio broadcast, served as a Sunday School teacher, served as a youth director along with my wife, as a music director, as an Associate Pastor, and as an Interim Pastor.
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