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True Humility and Repentance

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 Since we met last, our nation has gone from having the strongest economy in her history to having an unemployment rate that is the highest since the Great Depression. We have states still in lockdown, which many people believe is for political reasons. 

There are business owners who are now crushed, scared, and depressed having lost everything that they spent their lives building. According to a recent article on CBN News, a trauma doctor in California said, “We’ve seen a year’s worth of suicide attempts in the last four weeks.” That is a staggering number. For the first time in US history, many churches have been told they cannot meet. Also, for the first time, the US Supreme Court ruled in favor of LGBTQ rights. There is widespread unrest, looting, riots, and destruction in cities across the nation. These places that have been burned and destroyed, for the most part, will never come back.

 America is in distress! 

 Naturally speaking this is a dire, dark, depressing, dreadful picture. It seems that the powers of darkness are winning the spiritual battle over our nation. 

 There is a Biblical account that speaks of a time where it seemed, like today, that the powers of darkness had won the battle and defeated God’s people. In Second Kings 18 and 19, we see how low Judah had fallen due to her sins against the Lord. Her enemies had come in like a flood and plundered her. Then Hezekiah became king, and he began to turn to the Lord and restore Judah to the ways of the Lord. When he began restoring the nation to God’s ways, Judah’s enemies reacted and came against them — enemies who were even stronger than before. The Assyrians had an army of 185,000 men, and Judah basically had nothing left. In the natural, they did not stand a chance. They had no hope. In this dire situation, Hezekiah humbled himself covering himself with sackcloth and went into the house of the Lord to pray and seek His face. He sent a message to the prophet Isaiah saying, “This is a day of trouble, and rebuke, and blasphemy.” This is such an accurate description of our situation today! We are living in a day of trouble, rebuke, and blasphemy. 

 God’s response to Hezekiah after he humbled himself and sought Him was, “Do not be afraid of the words which you have heard, with which the servants of the king of Assyria have blasphemed Me. Surely I will send a spirit upon him, and he shall hear a rumor and return to his own land. And I will cause him to fall by the sword in his own land.” Once Hezekiah heard this word from the Lord, he did not sit back and relax, but rather he went into action! He acted on the word of the Lord and continued to seek the Lord in prayer. And the Lord responded again and told him that because he had prayed against the King of Assyria, He had heard his prayer. And the angel of the Lord, not Hezekiah nor Judah, went forth and killed all 185,000 Assyrians, and the King of Assyria went back home and was killed by his own sons. Hezekiah and Judah did not have to do anything to defeat their enemies other than to humble themselves, praying and seeking God’s face, and obey His laws! As soon as they did this, the Lord rose up and conquered the enemy. 

 Humility, repentance, and obedience to the Lord will bring victory over the wicked!

Those were the keys to overcoming the enemies for Israel, and they are the keys for America.

 Could it be that this glorious story is in the Bible to give us a message today? 

 The Lord raised America up to be a light in the darkness. He has loved her, protected her, and blessed her beyond measure, more than any other nation on earth. He has never left her nor turned His back on her. Instead, America has left Him and turned her back on Him. Just as Israel, we have left our first love to run after other loves. And just like with Israel, the Lord is calling us back to Him! He continues to extend His mercy to us. He has shown us the path to restoration and made clear the path to healing. 

 Will we, His people, hear His voice? Will we respond while there is time? Will we turn to Him in humility and repentance and pray and seek His face again? 

 True humility and repentance in God’s people will be the beginning of spiritual healing, but we will not obtain humility and repentance if we do not draw near to the presence of God! We His people MUST spend time at His feet, in His Presence, in His holiness! It is there that we will see our true condition and repent! 

 Throughout the Bible, we see examples of men who were truly humble before the Lord. Job was a perfect man, yet in God’s presence, he abhorred himself and repented in dust and ashes! Paul was outwardly holy, a Pharisee of Pharisees who did everything right according to the law, yet when he had an encounter with God, his eyes were opened to see that his righteousness was as filthy rags. The Apostle Paul spent time in the presence of God which is why he could say with true humility, “I am the chief among sinners.” And, “O wretched man that I am, who shall deliver me?” Paul was a great apostle when he said this. He wasn’t just wasting words. He was spending time in the presence of the Lord and seeing God’s holiness resulting in true humility.

 Repentance is a gift from the Lord that we can obtain as we spend time with Him. In this time, the church needs more than anything that gift of repentance that drives us to our knees and causes us to draw close to God with a humble and broken heart.

 Before national healing can come, spiritual healing must come first to the church. Spiritual healing will come as we spend time in the presence of the Lord both individually and corporately. We must press on seeking His presence with humility and repentance in order to see our nation healed.

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Men and Women of Faith: Mary Ball Washington
The Spirit of Prayer: Answered Prayer Series

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