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It’s Time To Get Right
The Lord desires that we do some heart changing and soul cleansing in a beautiful and haunting Scripture. It’s a Scripture that speaks as powerfully as the one we often quote in bringing revival to the land.
“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)
In fact, I would put this Scripture on par with it. It is from the prophet Hosea.
“Sow for yourselves righteousness; reap in mercy; break up your fallow ground, for it is time to seek the Lord, till He comes and rains righteousness on you.” (Hosea 10:12)
The Lord really isn’t interested so much in instructing farmers on the proper technique to produce a bountiful crop as He is in instructing His people on how to get themselves right before Him so He can do a mighty work on their behalf.
He’s telling us to break up the hardness of our hearts so that we can bear fruit that’s worthy, fruit that’s deserving, and fruit that proves our repentance. It’s all about bringing our hearts into such a state where they are able to receive God’s forgiveness.
The problem is our hearts become hardened through the situations and circumstances that happen in life. The hard knocks we’ve taken that has caused resistance to stepping out.
What can we do? First, we need to take an honest look at ourselves. Look at the condition of our hearts. Are they pliable to God’s word, and are they open to change when God’s word contradicts current behaviors, attitudes, or stance?
The Apostle Paul gives the perfect prescription to the Corinthian church.
“Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Do you not know yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you? – unless indeed you are disqualified.” (2 Corinthians 13:5)