Time to own our Responsibility

“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 NKJV

It is never too late to repent. We, the people of this world, have made a mess of things and God is willing to step in and deliver us!

Dear Heavenly Father – I feel like a broken record repeating the same messages and how much more do you also feel that way. Forgive us, please and help us reach others. Please really open our eyes to see and our understanding to know what we are studying today. Please continue to pour out your grace upon us, within us, and show it through us! – In Jesus name we pray, Amen

I saw a small circle, inside many tiny sugar ants busy working together trying to collect food and picking up grains of sand. But there was a small group working together actually picking up sugar. I saw them trying to show the other where the sugar was in the circle but the others just kept picking up sand. As I leaned over this small circle my back began to ache, so I leaned back and when I did I saw circle upon circle some big and some small and the covered as far as I could see. I could not see the details of every circle – but what was happening in the small circle was clearly a representation of what is happening in all the circle.

As I sit here and write, I still do not know the results of the election in the United State. Over the weekend, the media declared a winner before all the states finished counting – since when can the media make this decision? Regardless of who wins, it will be challenged in court and we will not really know who the winner is until a day appointed by God.  In the meantime, we have a Bible to read, a relationship with God to foster, and prayers to be prayed.

I do know that like the vision of the busy ants relates the events being played out on the national stage in the United State to a sign, given to all nations and a representation of the same happening all over the world.  This year during the (God appointed) time of repentance and atonement (Yom Kippur), the Christians felt the same call from God unto repentance. Was it just an emotional move and not a solid life changing decision among the participants? I know am generalizing, as I too fasted, prayed and repented, therefore I know there are some who took things seriously.  But I cannot help but wonder if not enough people made a firm choice and just rode an emotional wave to feel good and on Monday returned to their compromised lives.

So the USA is in limbo with the slowest counting of ballots ever. A time of grace I suppose. Are we as Christian committed to this and to God? Is it too late to repent and have God heal our land? A friend said to me, it is too late the votes have been cast. But I do not see ANYWHERE in the Bible that it is EVER too late to repent! This is true of the global situations, the national situations as well as personally in my life and in your life.  If you are not dead – then quite frankly there is time to get it right.

I am speaking to the Christians first. If you don’t have a relationship with God, I am speaking to you second – but I want you to know that Christians are not perfect. We try to obey God, but there is a LOT we must repent of regularly.  I heard an older Christian say it wasn’t so, and that ya just get good at being good. I tell you that is a lie straight from the father of lies! Why would Paul have written Romans 6 through 8 – and the life long battle against the flesh and human propensity to continue in sin?

“For it is time for judgment to begin at the household of God; and if it begins with us, what will be the outcome for those who do not obey the gospel of God?” 1 Peter 4:17 ESV

We all make compromises and rationalize how we are not wrong.  We all have strongholds that we refuse to teardown. Some of us say we pray for deliverance and want nothing more than deliverance – yet we are comfortable in the pain and struggle and do not want to accept the responsibilities that come with being made whole.

In my own life, I have searched for a man of God within my travelling abilities who would be willing to lay hands on me, anoint me, and pray for my deliverance from ancestral bondages and other strongholds.  I have not found a ministry in my area that delivers the demon possessed, that heals the sick, and that raises the dead.  So, was I to just throw my hands in the air and remain in bondage?

Christ came to set the captives free!  While He lived among us doing miracles He said to us:
“I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you.” Luke 10:19 NIV

This wasn’t given in His shed blood – this was before the work of the cross. We have been given authority before we even understood that this power could raise Jesus from the dead and conquer all evil – before we understood that this power was the grace to draw all men to salvation – before we understood that nothing can prevail against this power. Nothing! Although, maybe we should have already understood this as it was told to us in the Old Testament.

“No weapon that is fashioned against you shall succeed, and you shall confute every tongue that rises against you in judgment. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord and their vindication from me, declares the Lord.” Isaiah 54:17 ESV

I took God at His word. I did the work of deliverance – one sin and one stronghold at a time. I held the word of the Lord up as victorious! It says it, I believe it and it is up to the all mighty and powerful God I serve to do what He is famous for.  With each thing I surrendered and asked forgiveness for – more of the Holy Spirit filled me and more power was inside me to continue the work of being open and honest with God – who already knows all the dark areas I buried and forgot. He brings then gently to the surface and together – I grow and learn to change while He miraculously transforms me.  God will not wait for a ministry to rise up and deliver me – nor will He for you!

“For He says: “In an acceptable time I have heard you, And in the day of salvation I have helped you.” Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.” 2 Corinthians 6:2 NKJV

He HAS already heard you – it is your turn to get on board with the game plan because NOW is the time! It is time to be set free!!!

“Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.” Galatians 5:1 KJV

Then – God will hear us and heal our land. He isn’t a genie in a bottle doing our whim and He has given us both a responsibility to do certain things to get certain outcome as well as the authority to handle some of these things ourselves through His grace, power and for His glory.

If you don’t already, and today you would like to have a relationship with a God who can communicate with you and be part of your life (and protect you) – one who is full of mighty power and tender love, then please know that I have put the “A, B, C’s of Salvation” in my introduction. Please click here to follow the link.**

Thank you for reading ~ Grace be with you
Be healthy and blessed ~ I love you and love one another
Watch and Pray ~ Seek God & keep your eyes on Jesus!

Maranatha ~ Come Lord Jesus!

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