2 CHRONICLES 7:14 ON 7/14

TL 2 CHRONICLES 7 14 ON 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 I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.  – 2 Chronicles 7:14

The Bible is known as Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth (B.I.B.L.E.), and of all the instructions in there, these are, in my opinion, the most important ones of all.  In America, we have become the most torn, divided, weak, ungodly nation.  We need to humble ourselves before God and pray with humble hearts and spirits, asking forgiveness for wrong attitudes, seeking His answers.  He promises to heal our land…  but there’s something we have to do first.

AMERICA'S IN HIS HAND

So often we are tempted to seek answers from other sources.  Just today I watched an advertisement on television for physic readings.  Of course, they cost $1 per minute, but promise that all your answers will be revealed to you in the reading.

We must seek answers for ourselves and our nation from a higher being – God!  We don’t need to speak with people who read stars – but to God who made them!  Putting all pride aside, humbly bow before the heavenly Father with no hidden agenda – but a genuine desire for His wisdom for our future.  Humility is something you can fake before other people, but remember, it’s not something that you can fake in front of God.  He already knows your heart before you begin to pray.

Do Americans even admit to wrongdoing anymore?  Do we feel any degree of shame?  Do we say the word SIN?  Is everything just a mistake… an OOPS – as we half-heartedly laugh it off?  Is God laughing at sin?  I don’t think so.

There’s a reward for faithfulness…  He will HEAL our Land!  Does it need healed?  Do we understand that if we do this – He will do that?  Do we care?  Does it matter?  Hello…  is this thing on?

Here’s what trips us up…  TURN FROM THEIR WICKED WAYS…  we don’t WANT to do that because we’re having too much fun!  There’s even debate among Christians as to what IS considered sinful these days!  Are there consequences to sin?  You have to ask?  Look around you.  Is it easy to walk the straight and narrow?  Of course it isn’t.  Is it worth trying?  Well…  yeah.  The thing is, we have a loving and kind heavenly Father who will forgive our SIN in Jesus’ Name.  Every time we slip – He will forgive us – but we need to humble ourselves before Him and ask.

OK – so we have our B.I.B.L.E. and we’ve read the instructions to ensure that America gets healed by God – His promise to us.  What are we waiting for?   🙂

 

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PURPLE HEART DAY

TL 8-8 PURPLE HEART DAY

8-8 TEMPTATION'S TUNNELOn this day in 1782, in Newburgh, New York, General George Washington, the commander-in-chief of the Continental Army, created the “Badge for Military Merit,” a decoration consisting of a purple, heart-shaped piece of silk, edged with a narrow binding of silver, with the word Merit stitched across the face in silver. The badge was to be presented to soldiers for “any singularly meritorious action” and permitted its wearer to pass guards and sentinels without challenge. The honoree’s name and regiment were also to be inscribed in a “Book of Merit”.
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Today I overcame temptation and wanted someone to award me with the purple heart (or something similar).  This morning I was standing at the counter in Starbuck’s looking at all the really great espresso and lattes on the menu board. I was tempted to order something other than the tall skinny mocha latte I usually get.

Here is my thought process: For nearly FIVE YEARS I have tried to be good with my diet to support my husband on his diet. But guess what? I am here at Starbuck’s and I am all alone. If I did order something more yummy than the tall skinny mocha latte – he would never have to know about it! What harm would it do? I’m the only one that would have to know!

Then my brain paused and I caught a glimpse of my reflection (profile – eek!) in the shiny glass where they keep all the decadent pastries and things – and it dawned on me. I would know. Me – and my size 16 petite jeans that I fought so hard to get into… we would know.

I’ve not had to buy women’s sizes for almost 3 years. I’ve exercised myself silly and eaten healthy and for just a moment I thought I could sneak in a 500 calorie beverage. I was tempted.

Did I sin? Praise God – NO, I did not sin! See, those “temptation tunnels” are costly! There is a toll you pay before you enter in. And – if you make a choice to go in, it gets more and more difficult to turn around in there – the passage gets more narrow and darker as you go. You aren’t aware it’s going to do that (you think Satan’s going to tell you?). You just think it’s a tunnel and you’ll go through and come out on the other side into just as much sunlight as there was when you went in.

That’s not how it works. Think twice before you pay the toll and go into that tunnel. God loves you and He will help you out if you’re stuck. There’s no other way out but through Him. Pray and ask God through Christ to help you. He wants to make a way for you.

Some people think that freedom would be choosing the 500 calorie beverage. I think the REAL freedom is choosing the right – choosing FOR MYSELF – what I know is best for me. I choose the skinny mocha latte, not because I’m forced to choose it, but because it is the best choice. I choose to follow Christ because He has my best interest in mind and HE keeps me safe and away from the tunnel of temptation. Praise His Name!  I don’t really need the Purple Heart – I just need God to keep helping me do the right thing. 🙂

WORLD FORGIVENESS DAY

TL 8-27 WORLD FORGIVENESS DAY

WASHED

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On the farm, it seems that honesty is second nature and a big part of honesty is granting forgiveness. It’s a simple life that demands little more than the golden rule. Just treat everyone the way you’d like to be treated. So why is that so difficult in some circles?

Today is WORLD FORGIVENESS DAY, and how much true forgiveness needs to happen in our world?  In our country?  In our state?  In our city?  In our community?  In my heart?

Ah – now we get down to the nitty-gritty – my heart.  If I do not forgive others their trespasses against me, God can not forgive my trespasses against Him.  I know these things yet I hold on to grudges and hurt feelings.  Until this head knowledge reaches my heart, it’s just more information I have stored that is of no use until acted upon.
I have to let it go – and pray every day that God will help me not ever take it back again.  How much happier would I be without any grudges or hurt feelings?  What if I could look back on the past and not feel like a knife is twisting in my back?  How great would that be?
I need God’s forgiveness for some pretty awful transgressions.  In order to get His forgiveness and be clean and fit for eternity, I need to forgive some folks and ditch some sinful behavior.  No, I’ll never be perfect – no one will.  That’s not to be an excuse for sinful behavior.  We don’t compare our lives to others, we compare our lives to the standard set by God Himself.  When I look at my life in the light of God’s Word, I am lacking.
I need to forgive others so God can forgive me.  So on this special day, I’m letting it go and embracing the freedom that only comes from good clean living and a clear conscience.  Oh, and God forgives me – hope you do too.
What are my sins?  Well – that’s ‘tween me and my maker.
When sins are confessed, there needs to be a change.

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