Maybe It's Time We Read The Whole Context of Our Favorite Scripture?
The Word of God is the most "pro-choice" document ever written. BUT the choices are limited to the two real options. There are no man made imaginary lists from which to choose. Life or death, blessing of God or curses of disobedience to Him. His way or anything but the "high way"! God is so pro-choice that He "put His money where His mouth is", so to speak and gambled everything away on His Son's willingness to obey Him - to buy back our right to choose! Since we had been hornswaggled out of that right by the very first liberal politician! Satan himself.
II Chronicles Seven, Verse Fourteen. It's the, “If my people.....” verse. It is much quoted, and much “declared” by those who are speaking the Word in Faith over their lives. It is a powerful declaration of faith – if it is being spoken IN Faith!
However – I think at this point in history it is necessary to say that simply speaking what we want to come to pass is not always enough to get the job done. It sure does beat speaking against what we want! No doubt about it! It is definitely a step in the right direction.
However – if we do not believe that which we are speaking enough to bring our lives in line with it then it is nothing more than more noise cluttering up the atmosphere! How often have I been rebuked by those who had just gotten hold of the whole “Word of Faith” concept – because I was being too negative (realistic) about what was going on. Only to pass them on the side of the road a month later, having thrown down all their spiritual toys, indulging themselves in a huge pout-fest at God for not hupping to their “faith”! Wow. Like God was some kind of lackey or valet!
Of course, there IS something to, “speaking those things which be not as though they are...” oh yes! But what is often missed is that those things being spoken must meet with faith that emanates from the heart, because we have received and believed that which we speak from God's Word to be more real than whatever circumstance or situation we are trying to overcome with that discipline! We must see God and His Word, His solutions, as bigger than the opposition in our lives! If we do not, then it is all nothing more than another religious word game we play with ourselves. It will fall to the ground void, and end up wrecking our faith, rather than enabling it. We must understand that faith comes from an humble heart, and does not emanate from hubris permeated flesh!
I have gleaned a good deal of comfort from the two favorite verses of this passage below – verse thirteen declares that even if we have been obstinate and rebellious, thereby causing the curses of drought, pestilence and other plagues to come upon us (which we have, by the way – and that is why we are facing the probability of biggest economic crisis in history in our very near future) – but if we will Repent of our sin and turn our lives back to Him – He will reverse all the curses and make us truly His people once again! That is such good news! That no matter how badly we've blown it, He is willing and able to fix it all for us if we bring it to Him and confess our failure!
His fury is real, but His mercy is unfathomable! We would not be so gracious if we were treated as we tend to treat Him. We treat him like a parent who allows themselves to be taken for granted. We call when we need money, or when we are feeling nostalgic, or guilty! Otherwise, busy life whirlwinds us away and our thoughts rarely go back to them at all. We build no real relationship, nor do we maintain the one we once had! This is a sad but common travesty in the Kingdom of God – that the King is treated as some Jinn – waiting for his bottle to be rubbed so that he can do our bidding! How dare we?
This passage of scripture is not so much about saving OUR nation as WE have built it! It is more about allowing Him to tear down what was wrongly built, and then building it according to HIS plan, and then OCCUPYING it for HIS Glory and flying HIS flag over it!
NOT the “Christian Flag” mind you – that religion is too mixed down with the very idolatry which brought the curse in the first place! And not the American Flag either – as it has frequently stood for things which God has ferociously forbidden! Instead we must fly the flag of Yeshua the Redeemer! The Messiah of Israel! Our champion and savior! Who has brought down the curse of sin against mankind once and for all – if only we will accept that freedom from sin in order to STOP sinning!
Why would we accept deliverance from a prison, only to return to the prison every chance we got?! But that is exactly how “Christianity” in this nation has been operated! It has been cheaply used – His gifts have been cheaply squandered – and still, at the end of the day, most of those who think they are HIS – are pursuing things which He would openly condemn – which He has already condemned! And yet we wonder, and complain, at the destruction which steadily encroaches.
Where is the Repentance? Where is the …. “will turn from their wicked ways....”? Where is the seeking HIS FACE? Where is the serious attempts to line up with His Word and ACTUALLY LIVE IT? Then – and ONLY THEN – will He “hear from heaven and heal our land”.
I don't know about anyone else, but this old girl is scrambling to seek His Face! I am digging to find out what really pleases HIM – not so much what people think, or have thought, is “okay with Him”! I am on my face on a regular basis – trying to be sure that I am hearing His heart and have the faith to comply! Not because I am so pious or sanctimonious! But because, in the spirit realm I see the destruction just over the hill! It is coming for us – because as the “Arrow” says to all his apprehended perpetrators - “We have failed....”, F minus, minus! Epic fail! Disastrously blown it.
Blown what? All chances of receiving His blessing unless we change! Unless we stop resisting and begin to cooperate with His transformation processes! Unless we begin to hear His heart and exhibit His character! It is over for this nation. We who have remained faithful can expect, “our lives for a prey”. I am not sure if it is realistic to expect much of anything else.
And even at that I don't think He is necessarily referring to this natural life. That will burned in the fires of His wrath! But WE – the real us – the healed us – the redeemed, sin-free us – we will be saved. And that is a greater mercy than we deserve.
So – my plan is to keep on seeking Him – and to try – as often as I can find my sanity – to offer Him the Praise due to HIS NAME! Because circumstances notwithstanding – HE IS WORTHY! Always! And forever!
May I, and His truly faithful ones, not be turned back from following Him! May we not get so caught up on changing our circumstances that we forget that His plan was to change US. And so He is, steadily, day by day, minute by minute. And One day – if we do not fall away in deception or frustration – we will see Him as HE is – and we'll be privileged to live separated from ALL evil for the rest of forever! I, for one, can hardly wait.
My challenge to you this week, Chavarim, is to read the passage of scripture below in context, and see if it doesn't alert you to areas in your own life that need repentance and radical change! And then – do it! And then – seek HIM! And then – be changed by His Spirit more into His character than you were before! And – repeat! And – as you do – never mind the red cups. Those red cups are the LEAST of our worries! Judgment begins in the house of God – not the house of the heathen! Leave them alone and let's clean up around our own door step could we? Let's begin a campaign to “Get Christ in Christians”! In fact, some fasting – from many such pleasures - may even be in order on that subject .... Selah.
Shalom Chavarim! L'Chaim!
12Then the LORD appeared to Solomon at night and said to him, “I have heard your prayer and have chosen this place for Myself as a house of sacrifice. 13“If I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or if I command the locust to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among My people, 14and My people who are called by My name humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin and will heal their land. 15“Now My eyes will be open and My ears attentive to the prayer offered in this place. 16“For now I have chosen and consecrated this house that My name may be there forever, and My eyes and My heart will be there perpetually. 17“As for you, if you walk before Me as your father David walked, even to do according to all that I have commanded you, and will keep My statutes and My ordinances, 18then I will establish your royal throne as I covenanted with your father David, saying, ‘You shall not lack a man to be ruler in Israel.’
19“But if you turn away and forsake My statutes and My commandments which I have set before you, and go and serve other gods and worship them, 20then I will uproot you from My land which I have given you, and this house which I have consecrated for My name I will cast out of My sight and I will make it a proverb and a byword among all peoples.21“As for this house, which was exalted, everyone who passes by it will be astonished and say, ‘Why has the LORD done thus to this land and to this house?’ 22“And they will say, ‘Because they forsook the LORD, the God of their fathers who brought them from the land of Egypt, and they adopted other gods and worshiped them and served them; therefore He has brought all this adversity on them.’”
Repented or Uprooted …. hmmmm - so far the choice is still ours. Selah.