2 Chronicles 7:14

September 21, 2006 at 2:19 am (Faith, My ramblings)

Last night at church, our Pastor gave a message on 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.”
It was awesome, inspiring and yet very confrontational and challenging.
Did the Lord really say that to His people? Think about it, if we, believers in the Lord Jesus, would humble ourselves and turn from our wicked ways…then God will hear from heaven, He will forgive us and He will hear our land. This was not written to unbelievers, it was written to us!
I don’t know about you but I am saddened by where our nation is heading. I look around and I see a generation of people who have no respect for themselves, people, money, parents. We accept things that used to be considered degenerate and immoral. The list goes on and on. Last night our pastor challenged us to do something about it. You say, what can I, one person, possibly do? PRAY! That is the first step. We need revival. We need turn back to the Lord, we need to set the example. It needs to start with us first. How can we be effective and change the world if we have not ourselves been changed? Do you know Christ? Do you really know Christ? If someone spent any amount of time with you, would they know that you were a believer in the Lord Jesus? What are your actions and attitudes revealing about you? I ask these questions to not condemn, I ask them simply to make us aware that WE have the solution! If we are not part of the solution, we are part of the problem! Let’s change our world. As my pastor stated last night, we need to start with personal revival before we can be effective to change the world. Revival means “restoration to life, consciousness, vigor and strength.” Is your relationship with the Lord in need of revival? We will not impact this generation or this world until we, the Body of Christ, humble ourselves and pray and seek God’s face.

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4 Comments

  1. Christopher Fontenot said,

    Rachel,

    You ask good questions. Here is another: “Do you have family, friends or co-workers that you know are not saved?” If so, what does the Bible says happens to their eternal soul if they die without Christ?

    Big Question: What are you doing about it? If you love them, and I am sure you do, then tell them about how their sin is against God. How the 10 commandments show them that they have violated His standard of righteousness and they must give an account of this on the day of judgment. That they are guilty before a Holy God and deserve His just justice and wrath.

    Then, and only then, tell them how Jesus paid the sin debt in their place. Don’t do as the modern church tells you to do…to live a Christian life and wait for them to ask you why your life is so different. We may never have that conversation because they might die before they get the chance to ask you. If you get a chance, listen to the first 10 minutes of this sermon…it is eye opening.

    http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?currSection=sermonsspeaker&sermonID=52906154239

    Visit http://www.wayofthemaster.com and learn how to share Jesus with a lost and dying world. Their souls depend on it.

  2. Rachel said,

    Thanks Chris,
    Although I agree with you that we must not water down the Gospel ans always speak the Truth in love, I also know without a doubt that if someone just came up to me and told me the things you wrote here, that wouldn’t have cut it with me. It would have turned me away. Many people talk the talk without walking the walk and there is definitely truth in the statement, “you may be the only Bible people ever read.”
    Jesus always told people the Truth but He always did because He was motivated by love. We must always aspire to share the truth in love and then and only when lives will be changed, like mine was.

  3. Christopher Fontenot said,

    Rachel,

    Jesus always preached sin, righteousness and judgment to come. He always gave the Law to the proud and grace to the humble. In Luke 4, Jesus preached to His hometown folks at His hometown synagogue. He told them that they were no better than a gentile woman from Jezabell’s hometown and no better than a Syrian leper named Naman. In love, Jesus wanted them to understand that their Jewish heritage had nothing to do with their salvation. Only Jesus could save them and it so angered them that they tried to throw Him from a cliff.

    Rachel, the salvation message is offensive. A crucified Messiah? An innocent man murdered? An unjust trial? We are all sinners and headed for eternal destruction without Him? It does offend. But I have seen it in the faces of those who come under conviction by the Law and understand their state before a Holy God. God resists the proud but gives grace to the humble. How will they ever be humble if they never see their need for a Savior. Christianity today tells them that God loves them and their lives will be better if “they ask Jesus into their heart.” There is no Biblical foundation for that message. Our job, and I know you agree, is to tell them God’s perspective on sin and how they stand in contrast to that standard. Then,when they are humbled, share the Good News of how Jesus will save them from the justice and wrath of God.

  4. dcoddington said,

    You don’t need to post this but I find this general topic interesting from a theological perspective: God’s wrath vs. God’s love (not that they are mutually exclusive so maybe I should say “God’s wrath AND God’s love”).

    Christopher’s comments seem to mirror those of or were maybe even taken directly from Mark Driscoll of Mars Hill in Seattle (“Death By Love: Reflections on the Cross” sermon available via podcast) and other “Resurgence” preachers. I think Mars Hill Bible Church (Rob Bell’s church in Grandville, MI) among others would characterize what he refers to as the “modern” church, which emphasizes love. COR might be somewhere in the middle, I’m not sure.

    What are you learning in your classes about the church today? I can definitely see movement in the “love” direction. Is there another movement toward “wrath”? Are there any indications that one approach is generally more effective than the other? I know that might sound like a strange question, especially considering that effectiveness is hard to measure with respect to transforming lives into Christ-followers.

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