2 CHRONICLES 7:14 ON 7/14

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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?   🙂

 

MEMORIAL DAY

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MEMORIAL DAY IN MAIZE
I was not able to get any video of the parade in Maize, but here is a little clip from the celebration in our neighboring city, Hutchinson, Kansas:

Wichita is the largest city in Kansas. We are so large that I’m not sure we have the budget to decorate properly for Memorial Day. Our downtown looks pretty at Christmas, but we lack some when it comes to the more patriotic holidays.

I am blessed to live only a few miles from Maize, Kansas. Maize is a city that is definitely growing by leaps and bounds. Last year, eighty-six new single-family housing starts were issued! That is a record year! Five new businesses were started, and a new Industrial Park plan is now in place. It’s a booming little city!

As Maize grows, I hope it does not lose its cozy feel. On Memorial Day they line their main street with American flags, a subtle reminder of the day. There is a patriotism there that I really appreciate.

I know Maize is not the only city to put flags out for Memorial Day, and I salute all cities and towns that see fit to decorate properly for this day!

Courage is contagious. When a brave man takes a stand, the spines of others are often stiffened. – Billy Graham

Maybe it’s just me, but when I see the American flags lining the main street in Maize on Memorial Day, or Decoration Day, it stiffens my resolve to be a better American citizen. I know this country is not perfect, but it is still the best country in the world!

I pray that God will continue to bless America. I also pray that Americans will bend the knee and bless God in return.

“If I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or if I command the locust to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among My people, and My people who are called by My name humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin and will heal their land. “Now My eyes will be open and My ears attentive to the prayer offered in this place.… 2 Chronicles 7:13-15