Thursday, September 4, 2008

Thoughts from 2 Chronicles 7:14

This is the day the Lord has made and I will rejoice and be glad in it!

I pray you are having a blessed day!

I want to share with you just a few thoughts today from God's Word.

2 Chronicles 7:14 "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 will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land." NIV

Some very powerful and important principles are listed in this one verse of scripture.

Allow me to highlight a few things:

1) IF... Such a big conjunction. If represents a condition to a promise.

2) My People who are called by my Name.....
God was making a promise to HIS FOLLOWERS that are called by HIS NAME.

3) Condition #1: Humble themselves
When I think of the word humility, I think of realizing "it's not all about me and my agenda".

4) Condition #2: Pray
We need to be in relationship with Him. Relationship involves effective communication which, in turn, includes talking as well as listening.

5) Condition #3: Seek His Face
This is a powerful one. Seeking His Face again is about relationship, but it goes further than just praying. It denotes an intimate relationship. So, we must, not just pray, but know Him intimately.

6) Condition #4: Turn From Your Wicked Ways
This is an automatic response to intimate relationship with God. When we are close enough to Him to "seek His face", then our reaction will be to change, to be more like Him~ to turn from our wicked ways.

7) Promise #1: I will hear from heaven.
When our lives line up with His will for us, then He is able to hear our requests.

8) Promise #2: I will forgive their sin.
We can't get what we don't ask for. When we ask for forgiveness, He gives if freely!

9) Promise #3: I will heal their land.
A national blessing from a personal intercession. This is where we are in America! We need God to heal our land.

I will share more regularly next week. My prayer is that you are praying for our nation and that our hearts will be turned to Him during this crucial time in our country!

Pastor Rusty