Thursday, July 17, 2014
“When they (Your people) sin against You (for there is no man who does not sin) and You are angry with them and deliver them to an enemy, so that they take them away captive to a land far off or near, if they take thought in the land where they are taken captive, and repent and make supplication to You in the land of their captivity, saying, ‘We have sinned, we have committed iniquity and have acted wickedly’; if they return to You with all their heart and with all their soul in the land of their captivity, where they have been taken captive, and pray toward their land which You have given to their fathers and the city which You have chosen, and toward the house which I have built for Your name, then hear from heaven, from Your dwelling place, their prayer and supplications, and maintain their cause and forgive Your people who have sinned against You” ~ 2 Chronicles 6:36-39.
Before we go on to apply this passage on a personal level, pray for the people of Israel throughout the world today. We are told to pray for them, for they are strategic to God’s end time plans. We look to the nation of Israel, still the people of God’s heart, who will be used of Him as a sign of His soon return. They are still His people, though grafted out for a time because of Christ, and they will return to Him in due season. Pray for these to realize their Messiah and to be ready for their role in the end of days. Pray for the Christian Jew who has realized their Messiah to reach out to their Jewish brethren with love and truth. You might even look back through the passages we have prayed in this 1 Chronicles 6 passage and pray each focal thought specifically for the people of Israel.
Now for our nations, specifically the USA: We have been a mighty force in the earth, often used of God to fight for right. We have been, and for some, still are seen as the greatest of nations. I don’t know if you have noticed—though I am sure you have—that God is bringing us down to size. We have lost much ground as a leading nation and are in a greatly weakened state, not only because of the bad choices of leaders in the nation, but because of the obvious hand of God against us in all the ways previously covered in our passage of study; and I believe it is because of the sin of the people of the land.
Yes, God promises to hear the prayers and move at the call of His righteous lot, and we should be on our faces before Him, repenting of personal and corporate sin, and seeking His hand for our days. But we are being outnumbered and overrun as a nation as more and more people turn from God to other gods or no god at all. When does the enormity of that shut the ears of God to a nation of people?
God does not ever leave His own. He hears us when we call, and I still sense strongly that the hardship coming to this nation and world will be felt much less severely by those who are His faithful lot. He will provide for us to weather the storms ahead of us. But as a nation there will be difficult days ahead as we become part of the one world government that the enemy of God is bringing about as he rises up against God’s people (both Jew and Christian), setting his course to destroy the people of God everywhere, especially Israel. The question we must ask ourselves and set before God today is, are we, each individual of us, truly of His righteous lot; standing with and for Him in all our ways, with hope in Him for all our days, now and in eternity?
Do business with Father today, beloved. Do you know Him? Are you living for Him? Have you fully and eternally surrendered to Him in the name and through the sacrifice of His Son, Jesus the Messiah? If you need help with this, beloved, contact me here, or contact someone you know to be a follower of Father God through Jesus, the Christ.
For more detail on the way of saving grace, read “God Planed Two Trees In the Earth”: http://darlenesponderings.com/2011/03/30/god-planted-two-trees/
Sound shofar every day that God leads you to do so: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t38UINaExeQ&list=PLTgpTgKDYWUKLo8IZe-fo1SSUsfaGQmIN