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What great things God has done!


What a wonderful work He began in 2015! This was the year of small beginnings, a year of the seeds pushing up into the sunlight, reaching out to heaven opening their small leaves to the light.

Now what is the Lord's plan for us in 2016? One obvious coming prayer theme is the 2016 elections. Let us implore the Lord for a righteous person to lead our country. But what does the Lord want from us this year? What other great and wonderful works will He do? What is He saying? At last, the Lord gave a familiar verse to lead us into 2016.

2 Chr. 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."

This verse at first seemed like leftovers from last week's dinner. However, as Jesus said in Mat. 13:52, "Therefore every scribe which is instructed unto the Kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that is an householder, which bringeth forth out of his treasure things new and old."

So let us be careful that our familiarity with this verse does not cause us to miss the newness of the message God wants to give us. Familiar verses are not old if they are fresh from heaven!

This year let us consider the verses before and after 2 Chr. 7:14 that bring a newness to the message of this familiar verse.

2 Chr. 7:13 says, "When I shut up heaven and there is no rain, or command the locusts to devour the land, or send pestilence among My people..."

In our God-given land we are hearing of new diseases coming to us in succession. We have droughts and seeming wave after wave of tragedies. With our borders open there are millions invading our land devouring our resources like a plague of locust. We have a friend who works for HLS on the border, and he told us few Americans understand what is happening daily at our borders. He said the border patrol is notified days in advance of groups coming so they can prepare everything to receive them. In other words, it is a planned invasion! We certainly need to help the poor and needy, but we will have nothing left if we continue spending with such a heavy debt of $19 trillion.  

What we need to realize is that God has left us unprotected because we have not humbled ourselves, called on Him, or sought His face as a nation for too long.

Rom. 11:22, "Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God: on them which fell, severity, but toward thee goodness, if thou continue in His goodness."

We are told to behold both the goodness and severity of God — goodness if we follow and obey Him, severity if we don't. God cannot help but to deal severely with us right now, but He has also shown through Scripture and made real through our history His goodness.He does turn, when we turn. As 2 Chr. 7:14 says, "IF My people..." The IF is our responsibility. If His people turn and repent He will again show His goodness.

2 Chr. 7:15 says, "Now mine eyes shall be open and mine ears attentive unto the prayer that is made in this place."
Once we do our part as instructed in 2 Chr. 7:14 then God's eyes will look upon us again, and His ears will be open to our prayer.

So this year let us pray, let us seek His face, spending more time with greater depths than last year, but also let us humble ourselves and turn from any wickedness as we do.

In the next couple of months I hope to share further what seems to be the mind of the Lord for us as confirmed by others we pray with relating to these four points from 2 Chr. 7:14.

May we respond to Him so we can look back on 2016 and say again, "What great things God has done!

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