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If my people who are called by my name...America's last hope?
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Posted on 06/15/2020 9:00:35 PM PDT by boatbums

If My People Who Are Called By My Name...

- - America's Last Hope - -


It is clear; It is concise... 2 Chronicles 7:14 "If my people, who are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land."

But as clear and concise as it is, we commonly hear this verse misquoted and misapplied. So first, we must avoid the mistake of misquoting the verse... we must not leave out important aspects of that which God requires... it is not JUST prayer.

There are actually four things mentioned for us to do and we usually only name one or two of them... and then expect God to heal our land. We as God's people need to memorize this verse, internalize it, make it a reality in our own lives and then spread the word!

Some believe it is already too late for America, but tragically many don't even see the dangerous condition our country finds itself in. Make no mistake... the United States is quickly moving head long into tyranny and our political system is so hopelessly corrupt, there seems to be no hope of bringing us back to a Constitutional Republic... but there is always hope.

"IF" is perhaps the biggest word in the passage... IF God's people, the church, will do FOUR things.

Look carefully... God requires FOUR things from His people:

  1. Humble themselves.
  2. Pray.
  3. Seek My face.
  4. Turn from their wicked ways.

And IF God's people will do these four things, THEN and only then will God do these three things:

  1. Hear from Heaven.
  2. Forgive their sin.
  3. Heal their land.

Oh God... how desperately our land needs to be healed! And how ignorant and apathetic we are as your people to understand and apply these four directives.

But before we examine the four directives, we must first answer the criticism that the passage only applies to the nation of Israel thousands of years ago. I considered ignoring the criticism, but I didn't want to alienate a portion of my audience before we tackle the meat of the passage.

Can 2 Chronicles 7:14 Apply to the Church?

It is true that many verses of the bible are restricted in their context to places and events of the time they were written. However many other verses are easily recognized for and should be considered general precepts and truths that apply to both the time they were written and beyond.

In fact, prophetic passages can sometimes apply to more than one event in the future (at least partially), but of course that doesn't apply here.

So let us examine the verse in question to see if it should be considered a general precept...

    "If my people".... Can the church be considered to be God's people. Of course, Yes.

    "who are called by my name"..... Is the church called by God's name? Undoubtedly.

    "shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways"....

Are there any New Testament teachings that would indicate the church should not "humble themselves" or "pray" or "seek God's face" or "turn from our wicked ways"? Certainly not. These admonishments are ALL repeatedly taught throughout the NT epistles.

    "then will I hear from heaven" ..... Does God "hear" the prayers of Chritians? Yes.

    "and will forgive their sin" ..... Does God "forgive" the sins of Christians? Duh... 1 John 1:8

    "and will heal their land...."

OK, this is how our verse ends and if there is a portion of the verse that might not qualify as a general precept, this would be it.

Why would I say that? Well certainly in the immediate context, the term "their land" would refer to the promised land of Israel. So the question becomes Can the term "their land" refer to the land of Christians? and if so, What land would it refer to?... the little plot of land my house sits on? or could it possibly be considered applicable to a land such as the United States?

And this leads to the obvious question of what it means to "heal" a land and if the term "land" could in fact be more appropriately applied to the heart or spiritual condition of the people of God?

Can it in fact mean that God can now restore His blessings upon a land whose people have returned to Him? THIS, I believe is the proper interpretation of the passage and if so, can in fact be applied to the nation of Israel, a family, a business, a church or even a country other than Israel.

And I believe this applies not only to a country like the United States that was founded by a Christian majority, but to any country (Christian or pagan) whose community of believers, small or large have truly reached out to the God of all creation in faith and repentance.

So, how do we do it? What are God's four requirements? What do they mean biblically? how do we apply them? and how can we reach out to like minded Christians?... spreading this movement to the churches near and far?

If we can do this... IF YOU can do this, a single child of God like you can make an eternal difference.

TOPICS: Current Events
KEYWORDS: confession; humility; repentance
This passage from II Chronicles 7:14 has been on repeat inside my head for the last few weeks. I found this article that speaks to that. What do you think? Can America be healed?
1 posted on 06/15/2020 9:00:35 PM PDT by boatbums
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2 posted on 06/15/2020 9:23:28 PM PDT by Southside_Chicago_Republican (The more I learn about people, the more I like my dog.)
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To: boatbums
Can America be healed?

Fiest it must realize it is sick and God has the cure.

3 posted on 06/15/2020 9:38:52 PM PDT by teletech
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To: boatbums

Can America be healed?

= = = =

Praying throughout the day, and night, that it can be so.

4 posted on 06/15/2020 9:44:56 PM PDT by Jane Long (Praise God, from whom ALL blessings flow.)
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To: teletech
Absolutely! I don't think anyone paying attention right now could conclude that we as a nation are healthy...especially not spiritually. This quote is especially relevant:

    “I sought for the greatness and genius of America in her commodious harbors and her ample rivers – and it was not there . . . in her fertile fields and boundless forests and it was not there . . . in her rich mines and her vast world commerce – and it was not there . . . in her democratic Congress and her matchless Constitution – and it was not there. Not until I went into the churches of America and heard her pulpits aflame with righteousness did I understand the secret of her genius and power. America is great because she is good, and if America ever ceases to be good, she will cease to be great.”
    ― Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America

5 posted on 06/15/2020 9:46:17 PM PDT by boatbums (God is ready to assume full responsibility for the life wholly yielded to Him.)
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It will be as God wills it, of course.

But on a practical level, can “the divide” be healed?

Yep. Just treat the infestation of destructionism as the disease it is and wipe it out.

Along with all it’s apologists, funders, propagandists, excuse makers, supporters, all who bend knee to them, everything and everyone associated to or with them.

It’d be ugly. But it can be done.

It wont be. Because in the minds of the weak, ugly is always evil. And “Then we’d be just like them!” and “can’t sink to their level!” and all the other excuses taught by the Cult of Cowardice.

6 posted on 06/15/2020 9:48:22 PM PDT by Grimmy (equivocation is but the first step along the road to capitulation)
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To: Jane Long
Me too. Fervently. My heart aches for us as a nation to open our eyes to the grave condition we are in. When everyone just does what is right in their own eyes and not what Almighty God declares is righteous and just, when we have lost our moral compass as a nation and forgotten the Creator from whom we once acknowledged ALL our rights were endowed and when we cease doing unto others as we would have done unto ourselves, then there is no way God can continue to bless us.

C. S. Lewis wrote, “God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our consciences, but shouts in our pains. It is his megaphone to rouse a deaf world.” Perhaps when we have finally suffered enough pain, we will finally hear His voice and turn our collective hearts towards Him in humility, repentance and prayer and He will begin our healing. It has to happen one heart at a time. If not, then America will be over as a great nation.

7 posted on 06/15/2020 10:02:34 PM PDT by boatbums (God is ready to assume full responsibility for the life wholly yielded to Him.)
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Thank you for posting this. This has been on my mind recently.

8 posted on 06/15/2020 10:43:11 PM PDT by Norski
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Is there any sin committed by the nations of Israel and Judah that the USA has not reveled in? When Israel did not repent, God abandoned them to their enemies. Do you really see any repentance in the USA?

9 posted on 06/15/2020 11:23:45 PM PDT by eccentric (a.k.a. baldwidow)
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Got an email this morning from one of the older women at our church - she is a very faithful person and is a prayer warrior. I believe the Holy Spirit is filling a lot of people with that verse:

Dear Saints, Last Thursday after a time of fretting I remembered Psalm 37. I asked Jesus to forgive me and asked Him what do you want me to do? This email is what He told me to do.

So I am asking you to join me in prayer where ever you may be at 7 in the morning and 7 in the evening. I will be on my knees praying 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, I will hear from heaven, and forgive their sin and heal their land.’

Matthew 7:7 ‘Ask it will be given to you, seek and you shall
find, knock and the door will be open to you.’

Our heavenly Father is a mighty God and He is in control. We can knock on His door anytime.

The theme of our class was DON’T WORRY PRAY!!!

I am thankful for you and my prayers are with you.

10 posted on 06/15/2020 11:35:55 PM PDT by 21twelve (Ever Vigilant. Never Fearful!)
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To: boatbums

It’s critical we read the entirety of God’s promise here- read from verse 19 forward.

“But if you turn away and forsake the decrees and commands I have given you and go off to serve other gods and worship them,

then I will uproot Israel from my land, which I have given them, and will reject this temple I have consecrated for my Name. I will make it a byword and an object of ridicule among all peoples.

And though this temple is now so imposing, all who pass by will be appalled and say, `Why has the LORD done such a thing to this land and to this temple?’22People will answer, `Because they have forsaken the LORD, the God of their fathers, who brought them out of Egypt, and have embraced other gods, worshiping and serving them—that is why he brought all this disaster on them.’”

11 posted on 06/16/2020 12:39:20 AM PDT by Blueflag (Res ipsa loquitur: non vehere est inermus)
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Do you really see any repentance in the USA?

No. None whatsoever.

12 posted on 06/16/2020 12:56:25 AM PDT by who knows what evil? (Yehovah saved more animals than people on the
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To: boatbums
The Devil knows your name, but he calls you by your sins.
God knows your sins, but calls you by your name.
13 posted on 06/16/2020 6:36:34 AM PDT by MosesKnows
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