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Can Healing Come to the Land?

By Watchman | May 14, 2009

“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 them from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.  Now My eyes will be open and My ears attentive to prayer made in this place.”  (2 Chronicles 7:14-15)

“If that nation, against whom I have spoken turns from its evil, I will relent of the disaster that I thought to bring upon it.   And the instant I speak concerning a nation and concerning a kingdom, to build and to plant it, if it does evil in My sight so that it does not obey My voice, then I will relent concerning the good with which I said I would benefit it.”  (Jeremiah 18:8-10)

     The prophetic books of Isaiah, Jeremiah and Ezekiel all contain words of warning to the nations of the world concerning their actions and places in the end times scenario.  The “burdens” upon the nations are strongly worded condemnations of a world given over to selfishness, vanity and Godlessness.  They chronicle in meticulous detail the projected ends of those nations that ultimately refuse to acknowledge the Lord of Hosts.    Some major nations are not mentioned at all by name, including the relatively youthful United States.    It has been suggested by some that America is represented in Isaiah 18 : it is possible, of course; or it is just as possible that the US will play little to no part in the end times drama as it unfolds.  How horrifically it will be affected by the tribulation hour will probably depend on the decisions being made in this nation now and in the next couple of years to come.   

     America was founded on Christian principles, despite all the tap-dancing being done around the issue trying to dispute it.  Although not all of the founders were active Christians, they all recognized the public good that would ensue from laws based on the laws of Scripture.  It is popular now to suggest that the United States was never a Christan nation nor was it meant to be, yet as we begin to follow in the footsteps of what has been called “post-Christian Europe” we can see that never before has this nation been in such need of divine guidance and in so much need of  a return to the God who had so blessed us.  The question is:  Is it too late to turn back?  God has said that He will heal the land of His people who “humble themselves, and pray and seek My face.”  For some years now, Christians of all nations have begun to understand that they need to be represented in their various governments and that they would have to aggressively pursue justice in order to keep discrimination against the Lord’s people from becoming the norm.   As a matter of fact, we have become so intent on political justice, that we have neglected to set God at the forefront of our quest for a nation pleasing to Him.  Here in the States we have the National Day of Prayer–one day out of 365 when Christians are asked to join together in prayer for our nation.  While I am not against neither this day nor the intent behind it, I am skeptical of how efficatious our prayers are when we join together only once a year.  This is Christian tokenism.  What Scripture has shown to be effective prayer is the frequent gathering together of those who love the Lord and seek His purposes for their lives and communities.  We need to be on our knees on a regular basis, knowing that others will be doing the same, all praying for the healing of our land–which means, ultimately, that hearts will be turned back to the God of all creation; the Father of all.  Although this particular prayer must never cease, I do believe that the time has come that God may no longer answer “yes.”    As a nation, (or even as a world) we do not seem to be willing to do the things we need to do in order to please God and continue in His blessings.  We should be staunchly supporting the nation of Israel–given to the Jewish people by God Himself–instead of suggesting that in the interests of a non-existant peace they give away more of their land to a Muslim people who wish nothing more than the destruction of the Holy Land, the death of all Jews and the eradication of our western way of life.  (Our support of Israel is vital; so much so that I will address that at a later date in a separate post.)  We should be beseeching the Lord of Hosts on a daily basis to renew and regenerate the hearts and spirits of those in governmental offices who make the decisions concerning our domestic and foreign policies–and we should be begging for forgiveness for allowing our nation to be turned over to those who do not honor the One who gives us strength.  We should be insisting that God be given His rightful place in our lives and accorded His deserved glory.

     God loves us!  This is the rock of my life; the delight of my heart and the anchor of my soul.  Though the future may bring some frightening things, He will keep us safely through the coming storms.  He has not promised that we will be at ease through all that takes place during this time of “birth pangs”, but he has promised us His peace.  This is, as always, the Good News that overshadows every dark cloud on the horizon!  God loves us and He stands, as He always does, ready to forgive our sins and welcome us into His kingdom!  This is what we must be on our knees asking God for–to help us use this dark time in our history to bring honor to Him and souls into His eternal kingdom.

     I find that I can no longer pray for the prosperity of my country.  We have so far declined from the commandments and obligations that God set upon us that I know His merciful hand will be lifted further and further off of us.  Our President has declared that we are not a Christian nation.  We have become increasingly tolerant of the evils of abortion, violence, homosexuality and other perversions.  We have not done our duty as Christians in spreading the Gospel as we should–Islam is the most rapidly growing religion in the world–because we fear to be considered intolerant or even “hateful” because we know in every fiber of our being that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God of Father.  I can and will, however, pray fervently and daily that the Holy Spirit of God will touch hearts in this nation and turn them back to Him; that there will be a spiritual healing that will keep those who would follow in the Lord’s way safe through the coming pre-tribulation rumblings; and that when He returns for those of us who love Him, He will find us in the fields–faithful in sowing seeds of the kingdom–and that the harvest will be bountiful!

Maranatha!

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