“And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he bear long with them?”
Today, It is the worse of times and the best of times with a present spiritual revolution in overthrowing the strongholds of principalities and powers on high.
Our Nation’s Strongholds
For a long time, governmental policies, corrupt leadership and power hungry politicians have held an upper hand in dismantling our constitution and perverting justice. But now we are eyewitnesses that in the fullness of time God is hearing our prayers, exposing the darkness as we turn back towards the light.
For many years, God’s people have prayerfully interceded, concerning the false indoctrination in our schools, the lost of innocent human life in abortion mills, the attack on free speech and religious liberty and the perversion of justice in our legislative branch and judicial system. Roles have reversed. Legislators are misrepresenting the constitution and rendering judgments while the Judiciary seeks to legislate law.
The enemy has occupied these high places of authority too long and in the fullness of time God has ordained to act on behalf of our prayers.
A Call to Prayer
Many times, I have heard the call to prayer in the scripture, 2 Chronicles 7: 14 recited with one important phrase left out. Here is the scripture in its entirety:
“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.”
To Seek God’s face is to seek His presence. In this verse God promises if we turn back to Him by desiring His presence and repent of our sinful ways, He will hear our petitions and restore us again to live righteously and restore our land. Where we live is the place where we are to occupy for His purpose and glory. What usually is left out as part of this conditional promise is this phrase:
“ turn from our wicked ways”.
How can we begin to intercede for the injustices and sins of our nation when we refuse to acknowledge our own?
It is a serious matter to say we believe in Jesus and represent Christ and continue sinning. When we accept Jesus Christ as Savior we also except Him as Lord. God cannot hear our prayers when we refuse to hear him. (Psalm 66:18-20)
Many of us in the body of Christ are presently resembling the world. Yet, we are called out of the world’s standards to embrace God’s Kingdom principles:
(2 Corinthians 6:14-18)
“The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.”
Not of this World
We are in this world but not of this world and are admonished to come out. We are not to blend in and compromise nor be politically correct in order to save ourselves. We are to stand firm in our faith representing our Lord by practicing His righteousness. The world is looking for genuineness. If we blend in with the world then we obscure His light and the Truth. (John 17:15-21)
His Word is Truth
Many in the body do not read the Word of God and are led astray.
(Hosea 4:6, 1 Peter 2: 2-3). We need to return to our first love and place Christ first above all ambitions and desires (Revelation 2:4).
God Judges His People
Judgment first begins with the household of God. When we recognize our own sin and repent, we then can see how to intercede for the sin we see in our nation and others.
(1 Peter 4:17, Matthew 7:5)
My Testimony of God’s Grace and Mercy
Almost 40 years ago I was ensnared by the devil by changing my ambitions to serve Christ to serving myself. It was a subtle process. My heart was to follow Him but along the way I became enamored with building a ministry where I was also tempted to share in His glory. It soon developed into making a name for myself. Like those who began building a tower to heaven, I became confused and my works were burned up while I escaped through the trial of fire and God’s discipline and judgment
( James 5:9, 1 Corinthians 3: 12-15). God had my attention and through His mercy and grace I saw my sins and repented.
“Before I was afflicted, I went astray, but now I obey your word. You are good, and what you do is good; teach me your decrees.” Psalm 119:67-68
No Condemnation is Christ Jesus
Ephesians 1: 13-14
I believed at the time I could lose my salvation and when the devil began to accuse me, I accepted his accusations. I didn’t understand until much later there is no condemnation in Christ Jesus, and when we confess our sins God is faithful to forgive us and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (Romans 8:1-2, 1 John 1:9) In my trial I experienced God’s judgment and discipline but also His forgiveness and restoration. If we are to be effective witnesses, representing His righteousness, we must respond to His discipline and turn from our wicked ways. (Hebrews 12: 4-11, Proverbs 3: 11-12)
How are we any different from the world when we allow circumstances to shape our faith. Do we doubt and fear? Do we wink at sexual immoralities and excuse it by practicing it ourselves?
This is the time, we, the body of Jesus Christ need to get serious and surrender all for His sake. We need to truly represent Him and receive the power from on high as witnesses and instruments of Christ to shine as lights to a generation and a world who are seeking to know the Truth.
Dear Heavenly Father,
Where there is hypocrisy, let there be straightforwardness. Where there is fear, let there be courage. Where there is dishonesty in presenting the gospel, in any way, let there be integrity and your Truth, without compromise. Lord bring us to the place where it is done not by might, nor by power but through your Holy Spirit. Lord, revive your Body today, in the precious name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, waiting for the Power from on High. to accomplish your will, this hour, this day.