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Short and Pointed   Posted 3/29/20

Who has God Called Upon to Pray?

Who has God called upon to Pray?

13  If I shut up heaven that there be no rain, or if I command the locusts to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among my people; 
14  If my people, which 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.
2 Chronicles 7:13-14

      If you read the Bible you will sooner or later come to the realization that when God spoke to His people His words became an undeniable force for all times.
   What God speaks becomes reality. 
Thousands of years ago God told Solomon that because of disobedience and unbelief there would be droughts and infestations of locusts and even pestilence in the land. But there was a very simple way for it all to be wiped away. And in this Short and Pointed Sermon I intend to make a few things clear.
    There has never been a better time to bring this teaching out than now.
For many years we have been faced with drought throughout this country and throughout the world. 
More recent events have seen massive swarms of locusts that are still devouring everything with no end in sight.
Even more recently we have been overtaken with pestilence.
Most people thing pestilence is the same thing as a swarm of locust eating all the crops simply because of the word Pest in pestilence.
However in this case pestilence has a different meaning.  
Because God has already named one plague as being a swarm of locusts, pestilence then must mean something else.
Another definition for pestilence is --any epidemic disease with a high death rate.
    Interesting that right now we have all three of these things that have come upon us in the exact order God spoke of them. God spoke of these events that would come upon us because of our sin. 
Who's sin? God's people. 
     Who is being punished for sin? Gods people!
----or if I send pestilence among my people;
2 Chronicles 7:13
    Wake up! The world is full of unbelievers and sinners and God has already spoken what will happen to all of them. But here we have God speaking of hardships and famine and plagues and disease coming upon His people.
Who are Gods people? His chosen, His elect, His blood bought, born again, Holy Spirit filled Children known only by the name Christian. No manmade religious names or denominational sects. Just plain God fearing, Christ loving, Holy Spirit filled people who only go by the name Christian.
 A Christ one!! 
Verse 14 tells us what else God has spoken into reality.
14  If my people, which 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.
2 Chronicles 7:14
    IF--- I want everyone who lives for Jesus in this world right now to get a handle on this!
IF is a word that tells us there is a way to end all of the problems we see overtaking this world today. 
If my people--- not just anyone! God is calling on His people. Blood bought born again Christ loving Christians! Not religious practitioners or manmade sect members or part-time professors of faith in one thing or another!
No God has spoken and it is set in stone! His People!
People who are what?
Called by His name. God fearing Christians.
And what are they to do?
Well first;---shall humble themselves,
2 Chronicles 7:14
   Oh what does that entail?
It entails confessing our sin. That sin is being more concerned with ourselves than the lives of others. Our purpose in this world is to honor and glorify God. That is our end! When we become complacent and self centered we are not a light shining in the darkness of the World. The church has gone dark folks. It has become so fractured and divided there is no power that comes from unity. God is one and the church is one with God. 
Right now God is calling all His people to lay down their manmade names and differences and be one in Christ!
    Humble yourself as you did the moment you sincerely asked Jesus to come into your heart. Return to your first love and live for Him. Live for life in Him!
----Pray--- Praying without humbling yourself will not get it done.
First admit you are guilty of upholding the divisions men have made in the church, then pray to be one with all brethren in Christ. Fitly joined in one body; the Church! Pray that God will forgive you for not striving to honor and glorify Him by joining with others who have cast off the worlds demands for division and differences. 
---Seek His face---   Do you understand what that means?
Oh it's not just praying for what you believe is right hoping God will add it to others who pray for the same things and then when it reaches a certain number He will answer. No, seeking Gods face means you personally request audience with God before Him in His throne room. You individually must do the same thing as all of the rest of Gods people. Each one personally requesting God to hear their prayer as though it was the only prayer that will make a difference. 
----and turn from their wicked ways;
2 Chronicles 7:14
    Reality check here folks, we are not talking about the rest of the unbelieving, self-centered, self righteous, sin filled world. No! We are still talking about God's people! 
God views His people. 
9  For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him. Herein thou hast done foolishly: therefore from henceforth thou shalt have wars.
2 Chronicles 16:9
   Get it? God is looking for His people to turn back to Him in unity and unison. He wants all Christians to admit they have allowed division to tear the church down into thousands of helpless and powerless want to be-s.  
Division is from Satan and there is no one more wicked in the eyes of God than Satan. He is the author of division and it is this wickedness that has overtaken Gods people today. 
---Turn from the wicked ways of Satan and unite as one body of believers in prayer with no divisions.
Pray as though it is your request that God is waiting to hear. Pray with sincerity and expectation because you have risen to answer the call of God to be His people.  God's people are made up of individuals. God fearing Christ loving Holy Spirit filled people. They are not just a bunch of people calling themselves this or that and professing to be this or that. No they are individuals joined in Christ. God's church is made up of those who live for Christ. 
    Then and only then will God listen to our prayers.
When we as His people rise individually in unity and unison to pray for forgiveness and healing, then we will see the early and later rain. then we will see the locusts fail to devour our crops, then we will be protected from the devastating world wide spread of death dealing disease.  
----then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.
2 Chronicles 7:14  
    God does not want to hear the prayers of those who only call on Him when they are afraid or worried. They too soon forget God and return to their self centered lives when things begin to look better. No God has spoken these words and it is understanding and adhering to these truths which will make a difference in this world today. God has been put on the back burner in far too many Christians lives in this day and age. He has been replaced with manmade religions and sects and been treated like a holy vending machine far too long. But our Father in Heaven is the fire of life and His Son is the light that needs to burn in His people. He will not share His glory with anyone or anything.
24  For the Lord thy God is a consuming fire, even a jealous God.
Deuteronomy 4:24  
    If you are a born again Christian, you are being called upon by God to pray. Pray for forgiveness and healing in our world today. Be a true disciple, minister and evangelist who puts God and His Holy Word above the divisions of Satan adhered to by men. Be a God fearing, Christ loving, Holy Spirit filled Christian and turn from the wickedness of disunity. 
When we individually humble ourselves to pray for God to once again forgive us and bring His church together as one then He will hear and then we will be forgiven and then we will be healed of everything that our sin; the sin of God's people that has brought this pestilence into this world.
     If you know you are saved you are being called by the very word of God to obey. Put everything aside and do as the Word of God commands that He will hear from heaven and stop the spread of these life threatening plagues. It takes God's people to call on Him, not strangers who do not know or fear Him. We have that responsibility to each other and all those who will come to the Lord before the Lords return. We are the Church, the Body of Christ, Christians who have the right to call on God for healing because His Word says so. AMEN!

 

Short and Pointed
Who has God Called Upon to Pray?
Pastor Steven Freede
Cornerstone Independent Church
3/28/20

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