Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Humble yourselves.

The Rally That Counts1 Chronicles 7:14
If my people, which are called by my name, shall 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.

 I hope that a rally call that the body of Christ in America will heed is to "humble themselves" before the Lord.  People may disagree with me, but I believe America was formed and called to be a nation under God.  I believe our history shows that fact to be true.  We, like the Israel, have served God and we have turned from God in cycles.  I've been blessed to see prayer movements around the earth pray for their nations and seek God's face.

Christians are called after the name of our Savior.  We are called to humble ourselves.  To agree with God, to submit to Him in all things.  So many times in America we are concerned by "our rights" and they do play a part, but we also must concentrate on our responsibilities. We desire choices and expression and while those things are not wrong in themselves when those choices don't line up with God's Word it blocks relationship with Him and further it blocks His blessing upon a people. 

When Ezra and Nehemiah called their people to repentance they acknowledged their sin and the sins of the nation and repented.    Verbal repentance was a start to change that would require a turning around that showed a repentance of heart.  Heart change came about as they taught the people and as they were an example.  God is calling upon us to take the same journey.

Humbling one's heart is not about looking plain or for lone, but rather it is to agree with God's assessment.  What does God say about an issue?  How does God say to treat our fellowman?  What standards does God say are important.  These concepts may interfere with our notion of our rights.  I urge Christians who want Rallies that count whether public or in the church or even in private homes to consist of humble repentance. Repentance that the Holy Spirit will reveal....some for our individual lives and some for the corporate sins of our nation.

Here is a nice link on the word humble.  My father's definition has always been my favorite in the light of others...."Make a man feel like a man an a lady like a lady....another words show other's their worth."  We must first acknowledge God and His worth in obedience to make the move towards showing others their worth as His creation.

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