I was thinking about how far we have come as a people and wondered if we have learned anything at all! Israel was in captivity for 430 years before Moses led them toward the Promised Land. These people saw the billow of smoke and fire as protection from Pharaoh and saw the Red Sea open up for them to cross over. They received water out of a rock and were fed manna from Heaven. Yet, they sinned. They would not let go of the past and look toward the bright and wonderful future God was giving them in the land of milk and honey.
When anyone of us do not have Christ in their hearts and maintain a relationship with Him, they are in captivity. They are slaves to the sin nature; they allow to reign in their heart, mind, and soul. Even though God has healed some of us from some terrible plights, such as cancer, we continue in sin. Why is that? Could it be a lack of determination and discipline? I believe if we allow Satan an inch into our lives, and if we do not humble ourselves and submit to God to remove this sin, it separates us from God. Why is it that when we fall, we do not turn to our God? Our God who is gracious, merciful, and patient with us!
God says this to us, “…and if My people, who are called by My Name, humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, forgive their sin, and heal their land.”2 Chronicles 7:14
This verse seems pretty clear to me that we need to humble ourselves and ask for forgiveness. In turn, He will answer our prayer. There are many points here that should be brought out, but I want to concentrate on only two. We are to humble ourselves and turn from our wicked ways, but this is where a lot of us get stuck. The Four Commands of Christ helps us bridge these issues in our lives. The commands teach you His decrees and instructions. If we adopt these into our lives, we will learn how to turn from our wicked ways and humble ourselves before the Lord. He says He will hear our cry and forgive our sins and cleanse us as “white as snow.” He will dwell in our hearts forever, if we let Him.
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By: Jim Ford