Posted by: missionventureministries | July 9, 2012

THE KEY TO SURVIVAL IS REVIVAL – 2 Chronicles 7:14

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 will forgive their sin and heal their land. – 2 Chronicles 7:14 

This well-known verse states God’s requirements for blessing us; it requires humility, prayer, devotion and repentance. While this promise was originally given to King Solomon regarding the people of Israel, it is certainly applicable to all who will call on the Lord in repentance and faith. This verse stands as a high expression of God’s readiness to hear the prayers of a repentant people.  

We find similar words in the New Testament – “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded. 9 Lament and mourn and weep! Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom. 10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up.” (James 4:8-10) 

Let’s take a look at our verse:  

If My people – This is the beginning of the conditions that God is looking to be met before He will act. It is clear that God is issuing a conditional promise to His people – do these things and I will respond. God has an expectation of specific things before He brings revival and these promises are only for those who place their faith in God.

We often forget that the work of revival always begins with God’s own people first, why? God must first renew His people before the real work of winning souls for Christ can take place.

Who are called by my name – God is the one who calls us out from among the world. Being a Christian means that we are meant to stand out from the rest of the world. We must live differently than the world because we value different things, we value an eternal promise and we value a different lifestyle.

We are called to be a holy priesthood, where every believer carries the responsibility for ministry. We are called to be Christ’s witnesses in this world to share His truth and boldly seek His power.

Will humble themselves – The word humble means to be in submission, to live in a state of surrender. When we humble ourselves, we are literally saying to God, you are in control of my life. When we humble ourselves before God we are allowing Him to mold us to His will and once we allow God to do that, we cannot remain the same.

And pray – One of the key principles of revival is a determined effort in prayer. When we pray we are bringing our lives to meet with God and in the moment that we meet with the Lord something amazing happens; He pours Himself into our lives. This is why prayer is so absolutely essential to experiencing revival.

Prayer is the foundation of a growing relationship with God and without prayer that relationship will never truly grow. We must have a deeper connection to God if we ever want to experience revival in our lives and in our churches. Each day we make a decision to cultivate and grow that relationship with God or to settle for where we are in our relationship with Him.

Revival is nothing more than God stepping into His relationship with us and filling it with His presence and power in a fresh way. If we are not developing that relationship with God, we will never experience personal revival, and it takes many with this kind of commitment to have a revival in the church and in our community.

And seek my face – To seek something from God means to first have the deep desire to see it happen and then to actively and persistently pursue it.

One of the major reasons why churches in America seldom see a movement of God is because they don’t want it bad enough. There is a personal price that has to be paid in finding revival. It means that we need to render ourselves to the leading of the Holy Spirit and then obey what the Spirit says. The church today does not see God moving because people have stopped seeking.

God said these words to Jeremiah: “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” (Jeremiah 29:13). We will only truly find God and His reviving power when we earnestly desire that which only He can give us. Once that desire is there, then we must pursue it.

And turn from their wicked ways – Revival will never happen in our life until we let go of our sin. Sin is nothing more than pure bondage. When we recognize our wrong doing and confess, we renew our relationship with God and He sets us free.

If we want our churches to see revival, today is the day to seek the Holy Spirit. If we want our community to see a mighty outpouring of His power, today is the day to seek Jesus. If God is tugging at our heart today, we need to humble ourselves, pray and seek God’s face, turn from our wicked ways and we will hear from heaven and God will forgive our sins and heal our lives, families, churches, communities and our country. And there can be once more a great revival.  

Time is short; our Lord is coming back soon. To him that overcomes a crown of life shall be given (James 1:12) and with the King of Glory shall those who – ACCEPT (Romans 3:23), BELIEVE (Romans 5:8) and CONFESS (Romans 10:9) – will reign eternally.

 

 

 

 

 

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