Hello! How is everyone? I hope you are all well and had a good week. I don’t know about you but, I am so distressed about all the evil that is becoming somewhat “normal” in our society. There is so much death and destruction that people are being desensitized because it is has become too common place; or because it is too horrible to acknowledge so we “turn it off from our senses. God knew this behavior would come from His creation. The Bible says “But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away!” (2 Timothy 1-5). The word “men” means mankind-not male. To have a “form of godliness but denying its power” is for those people who may seem very “religious” but want to be “godly” without God. These may be people (men and women) who want to control people’s lives without the people ever getting to know God. To know God is to know His Word, the Bible. “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. (Joh 1:1-3) We live in a sin cursed world. God’s people dwell in this sin cursed world and are just as affected by all of these godless situations. Human beings cannot truly change themselves. Oh, they might be disciplined in changing habits; and some may even think that God changes with the times…He doesn’t. “For I am the Lord, I do not change; Therefore you are not consumed, O sons of Jacob.” (Malachi 3:6) God is the one who transforms people into His image when they have accepted Him as Lord and Savior.
That’s why in this passage of Scripture, God says “if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves any pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven; and forgive their sin and will heal their land.” Believe it or not godly people can and do sin. Sometimes intentionally, sometimes not, but they do sin. That is why God calls on His people to humble themselves to seek Him. A godly person will want to be sinless before God. That’s why they become humble before God. “Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.” (1 Peter 5-6-7) A child of God will see how pure God is and how their sin separates them from God. There are many people who “appear humble” but are so rebellious on the inside of their being. “God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble.” (James 4:6) Therefore whoever resists the authority resists the ordinance of God, and those who resist will bring judgment on themselves.” (Romans 13:2)To be a child of God comes with responsibility and accountability-not towards man, but to God. When we implement God’s word into our heart, then we change from the inside out because we have asked Him to live within us. God will change us and heal us when we humble ourselves and go to Him and only Him. God’s people must intercede for the ungodly. They are unable to change circumstances, but God can and will. “Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God.” (Romans 8:26-27) Knowing God’s will help us change our ways. Prayer is how we communicate with God; and His word is how He communicates with us.”Seek the Lord while He may be found, Call upon Him while He is near” (Isaiah 55:6) “Whenever I am afraid, I will trust in You. In God (I will praise His word), In God I have put my trust; I will not fear.What can flesh do to me?” (Psalm 56:3-4)
I believe we have entered end times. I am not being overly spiritual or preaching a doomsday message. However, I do believe God is sending us warnings to get our acts and lives together and to choose Him for all answers and for comfort. Only God’s people can have this two-way communication with God. So I ask you to humble yourselves with me so that we may pray and seek God to forgive our sins and heal our land.
I pray you have a peaceful week as you walk Every Day with Grace.
In His Love,