“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.” 2 Chronicles 7:14
Solomon had built a temple, for God to dwell in. When he finished the temple, he prayed that God would hear the prayers of anyone who prays to God at the temple. God promised that he would answer the prayers of the people if they remained obedient to his word. However, he gave the following statement if they had disobeyed Him. “But if you [people] turn away and abandon My statutes and My commandments which I have set before you, and you go and serve other gods and worship them, then I will uproot Israel from My land which I have given them; and I will cast this house, which I have consecrated for My Name, out of My sight, and will make it a proverb and an object of scorn among all nations. And as for this house, which was so exalted, everyone who passes by it will be astonished and appalled and say, ‘Why has the Lord done thus to this land and to this house?’ Then people will say, ‘It is because they abandoned the Lord, the God of their fathers, who brought them out of the land of Egypt, and they adopted other gods, and worshiped them and served them; therefore He has brought all this adversity and evil on them.” 2 Chronicles 7:19 to 22. We The People need to take heed to the same warning.
We The People, in the beginning, our country, was founded by men, who loved God with all of their hearts. The following quote is from God and the Americans," Commentary, January 1995, p. 31). “From its beginning, the United States has found its core values in the pages of the Bible. British historian Paul Johnson explained: "Hence, though the Constitution and the Bill of Rights made no provision for a state church—quite the contrary—there was an implied and unchallenged understanding that America was a religious country, that the republic was religious not necessarily in its forms but in its bones, that it was inconceivable that it could have come into existence, or could continue and flourish, without an overriding religious sentiment pervading every nook and cranny of its society. This religious sentiment was based on the Scriptures and the Decalogue, was embodied in the moral consensus of the Judeo-Christian tradition, and manifested itself in countless forms of mainly Christian worship"
The following are a few quotes from our founding Fathers.
"While we are zealously performing the duties of good citizens and soldiers, we certainly ought not to be inattentive to the higher duties of religion. To the distinguished character of Patriot, it should be our highest glory to add the more distinguished character of Christian." George Washington.
"Suppose a nation in some distant Region should take the Bible for their only law Book, and every member should regulate his conduct by the precepts there exhibited! Every member would be obliged in conscience, to temperance, frugality, and industry; to justice, kindness, and charity towards his fellow men; and to piety, love, and reverence toward Almighty God ... What a Eutopia, what a Paradise would this region be." John Adams.
"God who gave us life gave us liberty. And can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are of the Gift of God? That they are not to be violated but with His wrath? Indeed, I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that His justice cannot sleep forever…" "I am a real Christian – that is to say, a disciple of the doctrines of Jesus Christ." Both are quotes from Thomas Jefferson.
My ancestor, Benjamin Harrison (the 23rd President) wrote to Russel Harrison, “"I hope you will renew your Christian faith and duties. It is a great comfort to trust God -- even if His providence is unfavorable. Prayer steadies one when he is walking in slippery places -- even if things asked for are not given."
PBS gives us the following about Benjamin Harrison, “Upon moving to Indianapolis in 1854, Harrison joined the First Presbyterian Church, and, according to a church memorial: "He was constant in his attendance on church meetings; his voice was heard in prayer meetings. ... And in whatever way opened, whether public or private, he gave testimony for his faith and the lordship of his Master."
When we the people prayed in schools, based our morals on Biblical principles and had a sincere love for God, our country prospered. We created main colleges like John Jay and Harvard to raise up missionaries to preach the Gospel in other countries. We became financially secure. Our children did well in school. Their grades were up, the only problems the teaches had was kids talking in class or chewing gum. We did not see the violence in our schools as we have today. Things began to change, when we removed the ten commandments from being posted on the classroom doors, and when we removed prayer. According to the Congressional Prayer Caucus Foundation, the following changes took place when we removed prayer and the Bible from our schools.
Criminal arrest of teens is up 150% according to the US Bureau of Census; teen suicides in ages 15-19 years up 450% according to the National Center of Health Services; illegal drug activity is up 6000% according to the National Institute of Drug Abuse; child abuse cases up 2300% according to the US Department of Health and Human Services; divorce up 350% according to the US Department of Commerce, and SAT scores fell 10% even though the SAT questions have been revamped to be easier to answer. Violent crime has risen 350%, national morality figures have plummeted, and teen pregnancy escalated dramatically after prayer and the Bible were removed from the schools.
Today 68% of Americans claim it is ok to have sex outside of marriage
61% of Americans claim it is ok to have a baby out of marriage
63% of Americans claim there is nothing morally wrong with being gay or lesbian
59% of Americans believe that abortion should be legal
We the people are heading down the wrong track. We have taken God out of America, and are headed towards destruction. Rome was destroyed as a result of their sexual orgies. Troy was destroyed because a jealous husband went after a country where the kings on had an affair with his wife. Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed for its homosexual activities. When will America wake up. Will we be the next country to receive judgment for our sexual looseness.
Mathew Henry wrote, “We are not born for ourselves, but for God and our country.”
Mathew Henry also wrote, “National judgments are here supposed, famine, and pestilence, and perhaps war, for by the locusts devouring the land meant enemies as greedy as locusts, and laying all waste. National repentance, prayer, and reformation, are required. God expects that his people who are called by his name, if they have dishonored his name by their iniquity, should honor it by accepting the punishment of their iniquity. They must be humble themselves under his hand, must pray for the removal of the judgment, must seek the face and favor of God; and yet all this will not do, unless they turn from their wicked ways, and return to the God from whom they have revolted.”
We The people need to return to the values of our founding fathers.
Solomon acknowledges that he need's God's wisdom to be king in David's stead. He knew that his father had done a great job. He knew he had to do a great job as his father did. That would not be an easy task. The nation was filled with a lot of people. He wanted to be a good king. Making the right choices. So he prays “You have shown great loving kindness and mercy to my father David, and have made me king in his place. Now, O Lord God, Your promise to my father David is fulfilled, for You have made me king over a people as numerous as the dust of the earth. Give me wisdom and knowledge, so that I may go out and come in [performing my duties] before this people, for [otherwise] who can rule and administer justice to this great people of Yours?” 2 Chronicles 1:8-10
America's Founding Fathers, have given us the freedom that we have. They were men, who ran the country on Christian principles. They sought their pastors for advise, when it came to running this country. Every moral decision that they made, was based on the Bible. May we build on their morals. Lets not change them. Right is right and wrong is wrong. Let's not make laws that are based on what we want or desire. Lets base our laws on the Holy Scriptures. After all, everyone of us will give account to God for our obedience or disobedience to His law. Let us remember, "I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that his justice cannot sleep forever. ...” Thomas Jefferson
Second Chronicles 7:14 (Amplified Bible), gives us the steps We The People, need to return to our Godly heritage. “and My people, who are called by My Name, humble themselves, and pray and seek (crave, require as a necessity) My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear [them] from heaven, and forgive their sin and heal their land.”
1. We The People need to humble ourselves
We the people need to seek God in abundance. The first way that we humble ourselves is realizing that we are not as spiritual as we think we are. Christianity is more than going to church one day a week or on Sundays. It is how we live everyday. Solomon and Israel had offered sacrifices to God in the past. However, at this time they offered the sacrifices in abundance. “And king Solomon offered a sacrifice of twenty and two thousand oxen, and a hundred and twenty thousand sheep” 2 Chronicles 7:5. May we not just settle for what we have offered in the past. May we offer more and more of our lives to God everyday. May we seek him with all of our hearts. May we take more time, in seeking God. May we pray more, may we attend church more than just holidays, may we listen to Christian music and preaching tapes, more than just Sundays. May we give God more and more of our lives.
We the people need to come to God through the door
Not all religions lead to the same road. They can not all be correct. We need to humble ourselves and realize that what we have been taught may be wrong. Our religion may be wrong. Our teachings may be wrong. We need to want to know the truth. The tabernacle had only one door to enter. There was only one way. You were not able to go to the tabernacle, through any other means. You had to go through the door. Once you entered the door, there was a vale of blue, purple and scarlet. The vale was a perfect picture Jesus, who is the only door to heaven. The blue spoke of his teachings, the purple spoke about him being King and Lord, the scarlet spoke about the blood he shed. It is through the blood that we come to the forgiveness of sin. His teachings are what we need to learn his commandments and as Lord, we surrender and give him total commitment. Jesus is both Lord and Savior, not just Savior. We the people need to come through the door. We need to give him our total surrender. We need to love him with all our hearts and not just through lip service. “Jesus said to him, “I am the [only] Way [to God] and the [real] Truth and the [real] Life; no one comes to the Father but through Me” John 14:6 Amplified Bible
God had promised to bless the nation of Israel, if they had kept his commandments. Any nation, who obeys the commandments of God will be blessed. “If you fully obey the Lord your God and carefully follow all his commands I give you today, the Lord your God will set you high above all the nations on earth. All these blessings will come on you and accompany you if you obey the Lord your God:” Deut. 28:1&2. We The People, will receive all of the blessings that God promised to a nation, if we would obey his commandments.
We the people need to acknowledge our need for God. We are sinners, who are in need of a savior. “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;” We need to humble ourselves and admit that we are sinners. None of us are perfect. We can all think of times that we wish we have done things differently. We all know we have done things that are wrong. We have done things, that we should not have done. We have not done things, that we should have done. We even had delight in things that others have done, that we know are wrong. We have made laws to please ourselves and our own desires, even though deep down in our conscience we know that it is wrong.
2. We the People need to Pray and Seek God 2 Chronicles 1:3
The work seek in the dictionary means to desire, to work towards something, to obtain, to ask for something. It is as when you go to the police, and ask them for help. You are seeking the help of a police officer. You are asking them for help to archive something. That is the attitude we need to have towards God. We need to have a desire to know God. Our desire should be do I really know Him. Am I correct in what I believe about who He is. We the people need to cry out to God, and ask Him to reveal himself to us. There are different ways that we do that. To seek God, means to crave, it is to see our necessity to need Him in our lives. He needs to be part of our lives, in everything we do, say and think.
We the people need to pray. The first way that we need to pray, is by asking God for Forgiveness. We have violated His law, and deserve judgment. May we ask God to have mercy. May we ask God to help us with our shortcoming. We need to pray, that our lives will be changed. Let's pray for our families and those that are closest to us. Lets pray for the strangers, we meet everyday. Lets pray for our nation, that they will make laws that do not violate God's law. May we bring back prayer into our lives, into our schools, withing our nation. Lets pray to know God better, than we know him. Lets pray that His righteousness will be seen in our lives, in our families, in our nation. May we remember Matthew 6:33, when praying for our needs for food, clothing and shelter, “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these. things shall be added unto you.”
We the people need to seek God through the word of God
So many, have a Bible sitting on a shelf somewhere. Very few have even read it. Second Timothy 3:16 reads, “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:” The Bible is where we will learn more about who God is. God has shared who he is, what He is like, what He requires, and how you can have a vibrant relationship with Him. It will show us what areas in our lives need to be corrected. May we open a Bible to learn about right living. The Bible will tell us, what is right and wrong. Read it and live it.
We the people need to seek God through Church Attendance
There are so many claiming to be Christians today. If that is true, why are our church pews empty. The Bible tells us, “Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.” The church is a place that we grow at. We learn the word. We encourage one another. We have a place to have friendships with Godly people. Hang out with criminals, you will become a criminal. Hang out with Christians, you will become more Christ like. Are you struggling in an area. Find a Christian, who you can call to help you. Go to the house of someone who is living right, instead of someone who hates God and lives a life of sin. Jesus is coming soon. We don't know the day or the hour. However, He can come any time. Find a Bible believing church, go there on a steady basis, and watch your faith grow. The church is a hospital for the sick. We the people need to go back to church. Don't be like most people, forsaking the attendance of church, go there.
3. We the people need to turn from our ways.
Confession is filled with people who tell God they are sorry, but never stop doing what they are sorry for. God does not want people to just talk, he wants people to walk the walk. True repentance is more than telling God you are sorry. It is about making changes in your life. It is the husband loving their wives. The parents loving their kids and kids loving their parents. It is the drug and alcoholic giving up the substance abuse. It is the prostitute change her or his ways. It is loving others, no matter what their race, politics, sex, financial status is. It is doing what is right in our lives. May we tell God we are sorry for the things we are doing, and then start making changes to do what is right. I am not saying that change takes place overnight. That is going to the other extreme. However, are we working on the area's that need change. Are we seeking council, are we seeking help from our pastors, are we making steps to change. When we make steps, a year from now, we will see that a lot of changes have been made in our lives. It is more than a New Years resolution. It is constantly making changes as God shows us areas in our life that is displeasing to him. May we the people begin making changes today.
When we the people, do the things I have just mentioned, God shows his approval of our sacrificial lives. When Solomon prayed, God approved the prayer by sending down fire to consume the sacrifice. When we are willing to make sacrifices, by changing area's in our lives (even if we enjoy them), God will show his approval on our lives. God's approval is on all that will get real with him. All that seek God, all that pray, all that humble themselves, all that change their ways, God will show his approval. He shows his approval by forgiving us. He shows his approval through blessings, such as food, clothing, shelter, etc. He shows his approval through finances. He shows his approval through protecting our land from wars. May we repent as a nation, so that we can once again enjoy God's blessings.
In Conclusion, when we the people humble ourselves, pray, seek God and turn from our wicked ways, God will give us a revival here in America. When God approved the sacrifice Israel was making, by sending a fire to consume it, he filled the house with His glory. When God would fill the room with his glory, it was a sign that God was present in the house. If we would get real with God, he will fill our lives with his presence. He will fill America with his presence. Revival will break out in the land. We will see signs, like we never seen before. Many will come to Christ, physical healing will take place, needs will be met, and God will protect our land. Revival takes place with each one of us. A nation is filled with individuals. It will take each one of us, individually, to turn to Christ. As we all do, we will see our nation returning to the principles of our founding fathers. It takes one by one, to return. Will you return today.
If you will like to turn from your ways and turn to God, repeat this prayer. Dear Jesus: I believe you died on the cross for my sins. I believe you rose again. Forgive me for everything I have done wrong. Come live inside of me. I make you my Lord and Savior. In Jesus name I pray, Amen
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