By Tammy Phillips March 26, 2020. (Borrowed this hashtag from Tasha Tharpe-Patton. I love it and it hit me hard!)
If each individual person will seek God, then allow God to heal their brokenness …”that he might sanctify and cleanse it (the church) with the washing of water by the word, That he might present it(the church) to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.”(Ephesians 5:26-27)…I know that our faith in the one and only God and obedience to His word will turn this world around.
The healing of our land begins with us. We have heard 2 Chronicles 7:14 many times since 9/11. Have we done it? We can hear it 1,000,000 times. We must do it! If we want God to listen to us, we need to listen to him and stop acting like spoiled, entitled, disobedient brats. Simply, we must believe His word and do what he says.
In 2 Chronicles 6, Solomon offered a beautiful sacrificial prayer to God dedicating the Temple. He asked God In verse 14: “Now therefore arise, O LORD God, into thy resting place, thou, and the ark of thy strength: let thy priests, O LORD God, be clothed with salvation, and let thy saints rejoice in goodness” He was asking God to occupy the Temple. And the Glory of God came.
1 Corinthians 3:16 states “Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?” God has given us a better way! We are His temple. We should offer the sacrifice of prayer to our Lord. We should welcome Him to always occupy our temple! As Christians, we are called by his name. His name is written on us, just like the Temple of old. Welcome God to occupy.
I’ll borrow Solomon’s words: “O LORD God, there is no God like you in the heaven, nor in the earth; which keeps your covenant, and shows mercy unto thy servants, that walk before thee with all their hearts: For You are good; for Your mercy endures for ever. You are always welcome here.”
When Solomon prayed to the Lord, the Glory came and filled the temple, but it was a few days later before the Lord answered in 7:12. “I have heard thy prayer, and have chosen this place to myself for an house of sacrifice.” Under the new covenant, he chose us as his house of sacrifice, his temple where he dwells.
The Lord continues His response through verse 22, but let’s look AGAIN at 2 Chronicles 7:14-16, “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.”
He is talking to US! We have his name.
We have to humble ourselves. The Hebrew word for humble is kana meaning, bow your knee and submit.
What in our lives do we need to submit to the Lord. What are we holding on to? My prayer today is: “Father, I do believe. Help my unbelief in the areas I need to submit to you. Help me to turn to you. Repent means turn.” Repent is not I am sorry. Repenting is changing your mind, turning and going in the other direction.
Good news. God has already forgiven us. We just have to accept it. He has heard us and now is the time.
#HealingBeginsWithUS and then spreads across the land.
The Lord promises in the next verses, 15, “NOW mine eyes shall be open, and mine ears attent unto the prayer [that is made] in this place. 16 For now have I chosen and sanctified this house, that my name may be there for ever: and mine eyes and mine heart shall be there perpetually.”
What promise! I want healing. I want healing of our world. I want God eyes and heart on me all the time! He is God! Glory to his name.
I enCOURAGE you let the #HealingBeginWithUS. Be called. Humbly bow and submit. Seek. Pray. Turn. Be heard. Be forgiven. Be healed