I am republishing an excerpt from my blog originally published on April 22nd, 2017 in celebration of the National Days of Prayer, Fasting and Repentance here in Jamaica today and tomorrow.
I believe with my whole heart that 2 Chronicles 7:14 holds the key to the healing of the nations and the so-called ‘revival’ for which many Christian leaders have been praying. However, God is after more than revival, He is after transformation. A total turnaround, change, cultural shift in our nations. God is after nations. When Jesus was giving instructions to the disciples, what we call the Great Commission in Matthew 28:19, His focus was on making disciples “of all the nations”.
So, the earth shattering question is, “Why are Christians seeming to have so little impact on transforming the nations?” There are several reasons but I would like to focus on those that are clearly evident in 2 Chronicles 7:14. Throughout the Scriptures there is a premise for every promise. What I call the “if…………then……..” conditions. God says ifyou would choose to do something then this will be the result. In fact, we refer to these as spiritual laws. They are laws because God spoke them and He is the same yesterday, today and forever. His Word does not change based on circumstances or whatever cultural shift is taking place in the world. It is immutable, irrevocable and immovable. What does God say in 2 Chron. 7:14 will result in Him a) hearing, b) forgiving, and c) healing the nation? He lists 4 conditions that need to be met. By who? My people! The Church! You and me! All 4 conditions – humility, prayer, seeking God, turning from wicked ways (being righteous, being holy, set apart for God) – come as a package deal. Now, it seems reasonable to me that if ‘My people’ were meeting these conditions then we would be seeing the effects promised by God in our nations. The only conclusion to be drawn then is that ‘My people’ are falling short of meeting the conditions. We are full of pride and arrogance (insufficient reverence and awe for God), not praying sufficiently or effectively (just look at the number that show up for prayer meetings), we are not seeking God to know His will, and many of us are not walking in paths of righteousness.
God has been speaking through me and others prophetically for years “that He holds the Body of Christ accountable for the nations”. We are crying out to God to save our nations, to bring revival to our nations, to deliver our nations and God is saying “but I gave you all power and authority in the earth. I am waiting for you my people to be holy as I am holy and take up your rightful positions of influence in the nations. I need to work through you in the earthly realm. I have no legal right to function in the earth except you empower me to do so.” The scripture in Romans 8:19 tells us, “For the earnest expectation of the creation, eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God.” Revealing means “manifesting, activating”. Who are the sons of God? “For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are the sons of God” (Rom. 8:14).
Many Christians are saved but are still dead in trespasses and sins and are therefore powerless. They need to activate the power that is resident in them. “Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us,” (Eph. 3:20). The things we ask or think, God can bring to pass even in greater measure than we have asked or thought but only when we choose to activate the power He has placed in each of us. That power is made powerless through unholiness. That power is therefore activated through holiness.
The saving and healing of our nations begin with each one of us obeying God’s command to be holy as He is holy. To seek Him and find out from Him what He requires you to do in your sphere of influence. Each one of ‘My people’ has a part to play. Each one not playing that part is accountable to God for the continued devastation that we see in the midst of our nations. It begins with you starting today to make the choice and the determination to become all that God has purposed for you to be. It begins with holiness.
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