Yesterday, I watched as absolute chaos ensued in our nation. I prayed and grieved, but I held my tongue because I knew that nothing I was going to say was going to help. This morning I prayed for wisdom . . . for the Holy Spirit to guide my words and use my mouth to speak for Him.
As I was on the treadmill at the gym with worship music blaring in my ears, these words from Glorious Day by Passion rung so true “When I was broken you were my healing, now your love is the air that I’m breathing, I have a future, my eyes are open, ’cause when you called my name, I ran out of that grave . . .”. And the cry of my heart was “Jesus” . . . “I need you Jesus!” . . . “We need you Jesus!” . . . “Our nation needs you Jesus!”
Republicans and Democrats need Jesus.
We are entrenched deep in sin . . . we kill unborn babies . . . we’ve not honored God’s plans for our lives, our families, our marriages . . . we worship men as if they’re a “god” and God as if He’s a man to be used and manipulated . . . hatred, jealousy, bitterness, wrath, envy, backbiting, dishonesty, manipulation . . . idolatry, pride, and out of control ego are the norm and not the exception . . . we have bloodshed and rioting and utter destruction . . . the list goes on. The world is dark. The sin is rampant.
Nothing is going to change without the blood of Jesus. Nothing will fix this mess we’re in but Jesus. If we want revival . . . if we want healing . . . if we want wholeness . . . it starts and ends, with Christians at the foot of the cross seeking His face and repenting. It starts and ends with us asking the Holy Spirit to lead us in all truth. It starts and ends with us on our knees praying for change in our own hearts.
How can we expect others to come to Christ if we’re not willing to lead the way? If we’re not willing to humble ourselves and repent? If we’re not willing to be the light and let go of the bitterness and hatred in our own hearts?
Despite what others may think, speaking up and speaking out with boldness does not come naturally to me. I will often say that I’m not going to say anything because when I do I make people on both sides of the aisle angry. Believe it or not, I neither enjoy nor relish being hated by anyone. And speaking the truth, even when it’s truth I know without a doubt God has placed on my heart, is rarely met with acceptance. But out of all the bad that has come from 2020, God has taught me the importance of being bold . . . I must speak His truth with boldness, grace, and wisdom no matter who it offends or makes angry.
“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
It’s time for the people of God to seek His face. It’s time to stop making excuses for sin and start standing, fully, on the word of God. It’s time for boldness in Christ. It’s time to walk in humility and true, unconditional love. The only way forward, the only future for us as both individuals and as a nation, is through Christ.
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