Scripture of the Day:
2 Chronicles 6:24
“When your people Israel have been defeated by an enemy because they have sinned against you and when they turn back and give praise to your name, praying and making supplication before you in this temple.”
When God’s People Pray
King Solomon in praying at the dedication of the Temple of God. His is a long prayer – but powerful. And God honored his prayer. I mean the Glory of God descended into that place and the Spirit of God was so heavy that the ministers could not even stand to do their work. Praise God.
But what I wanted to share with you today is this part…
Many people in this nation, the United States of America, are feeling down today. Today is the day when Joe Biden becomes the President of the United States. This is something that happens every four years on the 20th day of January. OK – we understand that.
But, what gives us concern is what is being ushered in. We’ve already seen massive backlash to conservative values. We’ve seen massive, anti-godly laws being propagated and forced on this society. Anyone who speaks out from the Bible in condemn this immorality is labeled, ridiculed or worse…
I know many preachers will quote 2 Chronicles 7:14 in these situations, but I want to give context to what chapter 7 and verse 14 actually means. And to do that, we need to understand what King Solomon was actually saying here, in chapter 6.
Think about this verse today. Let’s take it one statement at a time…
“When your people (The Christians in this nation) have been defeated by an enemy (the socialist left in America is THE ENEMY of the people and of this land)…but WHY were we defeated? Let’s keep reading…
“When you people have been defeated by an enemy BECAUSE they have sinned against YOU – well, there is the answer right there. We, as a nation, have sinned against God.
“Brother Bob, I’m not in agreement with these laws that have been passed. I’m not the one who has sinned…”
Yes, my friend, you are. So am I. We are all at fault. HOW?
Because we, the Christians in this land, could have organized and risen up and put a stop to all of this ungodly and immoral stuff that has been coming out of the Congress and out of the courts for almost 40 or 50 years. But, instead of rising up against it – we just “went along to get along.”
Hoping that, “maybe – if we just give them this one little bit – then they will be happy and life can go back to normal.”
But that is not how the left plays the game. You give them one inch, they want three. You give them three and they want a foot. You give them a foot, they want the football field, then the city, then the state and then the country. And the Bible is very clear – after that, the world.
Back to Solomon and his prayer…
“When your people have been defeated by an enemy because they have sinned against you – and WHEN they turn back…WHEN THEY TURN BACK – who is required to take the first action?
God’s People! CHRISTIANS. When the Christians turn back – that means stop going along to get along. When you are moving with a crowd, everyone going in the same direction, your travels are with the flow of the crowd and the going is easy. But when you turn back and start pushing against the flow of the crowd – the going gets tough. But if you want to get back to where you started – you must fight through and push through. Amen.
So the first action is YOUR responsibility – to turn back. But that is not all…
“When your people have been defeated by an enemy because they have sinned against you – and WHEN they turn back…AND GIVE PRAISE TO YOUR NAME… We covered this previously. When you give Praise to God – you release God to act in your behalf. We covered a few days ago that PRAISE equates to STRENGTH. So when you start to praise God, as you are going against the crowd – you receive strength to keep on going. Strength from God that no demon from hell or demon possessed politician or political group can stand against. Amen!
You give PRAISE TO GOD and PRAY, making supplication to God. AMEN.
I’m all out of time today – but we are going to continue this theme tomorrow as we will read from 2 Chronicles 6:26. Amen.
I want to pray, today, for our nation. I want to pray for our new president. I do not agree with his agenda. I do not agree with the policies – but that is ok. Because I know who holds the kings heart in His hand - GOD and the bible says “He (GOD) will turn it like a river – wheresoever He (GOD) wills it.” Amen.
So, although on the surface it looks bad – Joe Biden’s heart is now in the hand of Almighty God. Whether he admits it or not. God can turn Nebuchenezer from a brutal ruler into a wild man and then into a believer – he can do it for a president here in the United States – or your leader wherever you are at right now.
BUT – you need to pray and give God praise. That is the key component.
Until next time, this is Pastor Bob Thibodeau reminding you from 1 Thessalonians 5:17 in the Living Bible to “Always Keep on Praying!” Be blessed in all that you do!
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