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Reading 2 Chronicles 7:12-15

Text: 2 Chronicles 7:14

“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.”

We live in a day where there is no question America needs Revival.

America not only needs revival, the World need revival

We live in a day where chaos, confusion, lack of law, confession, immorality, homosexuality, disrespect of the law and order, has been thrown out the window. 

America like most of the world has become a Christ rejecting society.

We have embraced the ways of the World.  Many church tonight are embracing a worldly Christianity, where you can not distinguish a motivational speech, a political speech from a Preaching service.  The music sounds like the world the platform looks like a night club and the devil feels right at home.

Sin is not named or preached against, Churches doing good to society, but ignoring the Word of God and Jesus Christ.

I am for feeding the needy, but not at the price of compromising the work Of God,

I am for caring for the poor, but not at the cost of Compromising the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

I am for helping people overcome addictions, but not just by following the 12 step program, but by starting with Salvation in Jesus Christ.

In this generation we have allowed, for the Devil to stand up and take the public throne of Jesus Christ away form His Church.

It is sad.  Of the Churches 20 Years ago who were having Sunday Night services, very few still have the night service.

Many Church which we packed with People from Bus ministry and Youth departments, are not running busses and the Youth do nothing of service to the king.

We are a Self Centered, self engrossed, too self aware, selfish people today in our churches.  Our Nation is in great trouble.  Socialism is at the door trying to get in.   These people if they get power will take our freedom to have a Church like this one away. 

It is being embraced because of the self-centeredness of the people. 
We want but will not Pay.
We want but will not work
We want but will nor sacrifice,

We want as a Nation where someone else will make the sacrifice, work the long hours, pay the price so we can sit and play video games, take drugs, during, smoke, live on Facebook and whatever else the wold wants us to do so. 

So Our nation is in trouble.

Look at our Scripture, verse 13 “If I shut up heaven that there be no rain, or if I command the locusts to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among my people;”

It is telling us that if our Nation is in trouble then we have a remedy.

Verse 14.  “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”

Notice the first three words “IF MY PEOPLE”

The key is right here

We are all upset about that the unsaved are doing in America, America is not the saved it is the unsaved.

Think with me for a moment, The Unsaved are doing exactly what the unsaved are supposed to be doing. 
They are supposed to be wicked and they are wicked.
They are supposed to be evil and they are evil.
They are supposed to be blind to the things of God and they are blind.
They are supposed to be lovers of pleasure and they are.
They are supposed to be in love with themselves and obsessed with their bodies and they are.
They are supposed to be rebellious and they are. They are doing exactly what the Bible says they are to be doing.

The Hope for us and the country is not the people of the USA it is the people of the Church.
If we as Gods people don’t take the bus by the horns, what kind of America, will your Children and grandchildren going to grow up in???

I believe Jesus is coming soon.  I do. If it is another 25 to 30 years, what kind of place will this be?  What heritage will we have left for this little ones to have?

30 years from now I would be 93, Pastor would be 90, The majority of us on this room will be dead or too old to make an impact on our society or church.

Todays young people will be the main leaders in their late 40’s an early 50’s.  No offense young people but how ready are you now to lead? It is coming unless Jesus Comes.

How many of you are seeing things in America today that you never thought you would see?  And Ladies and gentle men we have just started the down hill slide.

Look again at vs. 14 “IF MY PEOPLE”  it is the people in this room tonight, it is ur responsibility before God to make the difference.

God said If my People, the answer lies with the Christian.  The problem we face is we want to Change all of them, But God says it is us who need to change,

“IF MY PEOPLE WHICH ARE CALLED BY MY NAME” That is what God says.  My people how know me.  We are the problem.  Most of the Christians to day are afraid to live our testimony right out from all the time. 

Who knows you are a Christian?  Would they believe it from the way you conduct your life?  Do they know it by the way you speak? 

At Home?
At Work?
At the Store?
At the Restaurant
At play
At School
With your family, not just your family you live with: but the large family around you.

If God was to hold court today and bring this present world before us, each sit-in on this platform having our own individual time, with Jesus standing here before us, would the world be able to tell Jesus that you are his follower?

Good Questions…

Nothing can Change in this county or world until God people get excited for being odd people.  We need to show the World we are different and Jesus is pour help not complaint about others, Not gossiping alit other, not accusing others,

I don’t know about you but out country is being torn apart  today because people assume someone has done something wrong, and now we are all guilty until we can prove our innocence.  BUT God says we are too love each other as he has loved us. 

We are more interested in getting even with someone who upset us than to love them in spite of what has happened.  Christians carry a grudge just like the world does rather than loving each other as God has taught us. We are just like the World rather than being like out Lord.

It is time, God is saying here, If you want your Nation to change then we who are His must Change.  We must decide we are going to stake a claim for Jesus Christ, for HOW he IS and What he has taught us. 

We Belong to Jesus not to the world, Not to the flesh and not to the devil!  We are HIS people.  We are not Democrats and Republicans, we are the Children of the most High God and we should stand with him and for HIM.

If my people, which are called by my name.  That is what will begin the change.

We need to do something, “…shall humble themselves,”  We need to humble others right,  Humble the world, Humble the political direction of our nation, NO!!

Ourself.  If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves…
To humble means to full allow God to have control.  To give our hurts, problems, desires, thoughts, our futures, our excitements, our families, our life over to Him and allow Him to direct us.  To lead us, to love as he loves to care as he cars, to encourage as he encourages, to allow Jesus flow though us in every part of our life…

The opposite of humble is pride.  To think you can do this.  We have accomplished what needs to be done.  Well I voted,  I go to Church, I pray when things go wrong… Well I think… I feel… It is amazing how Christianity and Christians today want  to tell everyone else what they think.  It is not about us.  It is about Him.  We as Christians in 2020 are so easily offended.  In fact I would think someone who is listening today will be offended by what I am preaching.

Humility is Realizing we can not do it.  He must do it for us.  Just as a baby submits to hie parents in everything, we need to trust the Lord JesusChrist in everything, that he will do it. 

If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray.

That is what we need to do for in humbling ourselves, we realize it is up to him so I will pray for his will, not mine, His direction not mine, his leadership not mine.

PRAY.  How is your prayer life???  We need to pray and pray our best. Not just give a little effort.  Not a quick nondescript, God help America, change America prayer, but prayer.  You and God alone, speaking, trusting, believing that God is Able

Praying we… seek HIS face… God face.  Not a face of a man, not a face of politics, not the face of religion, not the face of the World But HIS FACE.

If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face. 

He whats he wants to do; to seek him, not him seek us.  WE want Change!  We Want Our Children and grandchildren to have a future? We want Revival? Then we need to do what God has laid out…  “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face.”

Oh, I am sorry but here comes the hardest part, You may have thought the hard part was already here but no, here it comes.  The last requirement to changing the USA Changing the future, to having revival..

My people, Called by my name, not the worlds, not the unsaved acting good…shall Humble our self, praying seeking his face…

“If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways;”

We need to change first.  MAN can not Change MAN, Only the Holy Spirit of God can change man.

What is that wicked way?  Do you really have to ask?
Look at your life…  What is going on in your life?  Are you applying the first part of this verse?  Are we Humbling, Praying Seeking his Face, turning form the ways of the world, the flesh and the devil.  Are you looking to help you today, Money, Drugs, liquor, Government, people, games, pleasure, vacation, and the list can go on. 

“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.”

Notice that all important word THEN  It seems as if it would be almost impossible for us to get to that THEN.  If we   Then God will.  He will do what?  Hear from Heaven, Then, Forgive our sin,  Then, Will Heal our Land.

It almost seem impossible, But Israel did it, and we can too.

Revival!  That is were we get to the place where the THEN can start.  This next week will begin revival services where we can let the Holy Spirit of God scrape our hearts and begin the process of My People, Called by My name, Humbling our self, Start praying, Seeking His face, Turning our life away from our wicked ways…So God can do the THEN.

So tonight I ask you to think of only you life, your past week, past month the recently passed year….With your thoughts, your actions, your words, the things you watched, the places you have gone, the way you have behaved, that amount of prayer you have had, the amount of Trusting the Lord with all aspects of your life. 

Have you been in this first half of this verse?  Are you being a catalyst for revival or do you need to start tonight, becoming the beginning… in your life… to walk down this trail… so we as a nation can have a THEN.

Are you ready to admit that you need to be revived?  That your life need to be corrected? 

Our only hope for America, our Children’s future, our Grandchildren future,  rests only your hands tonight.  Will you be willing to make a difference.

Let’s Pray.
 
 

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