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Devotional - week of July 4, 2010


healing a nation

 

… 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 

 

Now consider Matthew 7:14.

 

Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.

 

According to the words of Jesus in Matthew 7:14 and 2 Chronicles 7:14, the hope for a nation in despair is in a few people.

 

We hear with great excitement reports of revivals where many come to Christ. Through works of evangelism, God keeps His Kingdom alive. However, we are not that excited to hear of a church where people are growing in their Christian lives and are becoming more available to God.

 

Yet, when a nation is drowning in sin and on its way to the judgment of God, what is the hope of those desperate for delivery? According to 2 Chronicles 7:14, her hope is in those few who are already saved. God reduced Gideon’s army of 32,000 to an army of 300 to save Israel. He promised Abraham that He would not destroy Sodom if there were 10 righteous people in her.

 

Our passion for evangelism is wonderful and essential. But a nation’s spiritual and moral decline is the result of little or no attention given to those who are already saved. In the letters of the New Testament, there is far more attention given to spiritual growth than there is to evangelism. That must tell us something.

 

When a nation’s churches teach and guide their born again members to experience their spiritual death, burial and resurrection, they become humble and prayerful. They continue to seek the face of God and repent of their sins. God promises to heal that nation.