I want you to look carefully at the following promise from God today:
2 Chronicles 7:14:
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.
Iíve been with plenty of people who are praying for revival, and I was noticing this week that some revival prayers donít seem to have any faith attached to them. They seem more like, ďLord, weíd sure appreciate it if youíd do something Ė look how bad everything is and how much we need revival.Ē But God never has been moved to action by needs alone; Heís moved by faith. If He were merely moved by needs, no one on the earth today would have any unmet needs. But He stands ready to back every promise He ever made when He can find people who believe them.
Did God mean business in 2 Chronicles 7:14? Is the Bible His word to us? Is every promise in the Bible just as sure as any other? Yes, yes and yes! God didnít say He MIGHT heal the land if His people would do these four things (humble themselves, pray, seek His face and turn from their wicked ways). He said He WOULD hear from heaven, forgive their sin and heal their land. We need to ďput God in remembranceĒ of His word and expect Him to keep His promise. If we do the four things He specifies, He PROMISES to heal the land. Thereís no ďmaybeĒ about it.
Also notice that itís up to Godís people. This verse does NOT say any of the following:
n If people in the world would just quit being such lovers of money, God would revive them.
n If homosexuals would quit promoting their perversion, God would finally move in this state.
n If television shows and movies would stop being so filthy, God would see fit to restore our country to greatness.
n If public high school teachers would cease teaching that our ancestors were apes, God would see fit to bless our nation.
n If all abortion clinics were shut down, God would pour out His Spirit on us all.
Revival never has been Ė and never will be Ė up to the heathen. Sinners are going to sin because itís their nature. Itís the churchís job to be the light of the world, the salt of the earth, a city on a hill that cannot be hidden. God does not expect the ungodly to salt themselves. They canít, any more than a leopard can change its spots. If there is no revival, it is because the Church has not laid hold of Godís promise or met its conditions. Letís not blame the world.
Itís up to us as the Body of Christ. Will we humble ourselves, pray, seek Godís face and turn from our wicked ways? If so, we have every right to expect God to keep His promise and turn this land rightside up again! If we meet Godís conditions for the healing of our land, it does not matter what the ungodly think about it Ė there will be revival whether they like it or not. They canít start a revival and they canít stop a revival.
I plan to meet Godís conditions and expect God to move mightily in this state. How about you?