Monday, May 6, 2013

If My People

What's happening in America? Why does it seem as though things are becoming increasingly difficult and negative on every front? People seem to be more inclined to ignore, condemn, and disparage one another rather than connect, help, and care about each other. There's a lot more bitterness and hatred disguised as personal rights than there is selflessness and sacrifice bringing unity in our communities and nation.

My contention is that the onus is on the ones who call themselves believers in Jesus Christ as Savior and Redeemer. God gives us a clear outline in His Word how we should conduct ourselves and the blessing that will follow.

2 Chronicles 7:14 says, "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 I will forgive their sin and will heal their land."

IF MY PEOPLE.  IF. This verse and this blog post isn't about evangelistic outreach, as important as that is. It's about revival in God's people. It's about waking up and discerning the signs, but we have to be willing to admit some things about where we are as a church and where we are as individuals. It's about turning from selfishness, self-righteousness, condemnation, and judgment to being those in whom others might catch a glimpse of Jesus!

We as the body of Christ have not, for the most part in the US, stepped up to the plate. We don't need Old Testament type prophets anymore. We have the Holy Spirit who gives the prophetic gift to believers. We are to discern the times like Nehemiah, be willing to sacrifice like Jeremiah, call those who have turned away like Hosea and live, learn, and teach the Word like Ezra, and ultimately love like Jesus. Remember, the Old Testament prophets were not sent to unbelievers but to the house of Israel with warning and correction.

We need to stir each other to good works, yes, but to faith in the One who sends us to those works first. Real faith. That He is who He says He is. That His Word is His book of instruction for life. That He is not only loving but just and true. That He is still searching for faith in the earth~in the US~in the church. And that faith isn't about getting stuff; it's about giving all we have and all we are in His name, for His glory and trusting Him for the outcome.

We have a great deal to tremble about. We have been on a long, downward slope toward our own destruction. The Body of Christ in America is weak, compromised, self-absorbed, and ineffective. We have missionaries coming to us from nations where we used to send them. "IF MY PEOPLE." God is waiting patiently for a remnant to rise up, believe Him, repent, and do what He says. The time is now...