They're Not the Problem
”[I]f 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,” 2 Chronicles 7:14.
It’s so simple to just blame everyone else for what’s going on. However, Scripture shows us that they don’t hold the solutions (God does), and healing comes from a revival of the saved, not from the purification of society.
We always want to look to other solutions because we feel that everything around us is evil (which it is). However, the solution isn’t better government or more pure (but unsaved) culture. Both of those would be good, but they wouldn’t solve the root problem - which is sin.
A revival of Christians is what’s needed, not less nudity in films, less violence on the streets, a purification of (still secular) society.
Until we as Christians (me included) realize this, we won’t see the change that is needed. Scripture tells us this clearly in 2 Chronicles 7:14. Yes, that was written for the Jews, but also for us (2 Timothy 3:16).
If “they” aren’t the problem, what can we do about it? James 4:2b-3: “[Y]ou do not have because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures.” When Christians’ motives become pure, we can see the changes that are needed.
Whatever You Do
In the book of Colossians, we’re reminded about what’s important - glorifying God. “And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him” Colossians 3:17.
We’re to glorify God in all that we do. This also means that, if we’re doing something that isn’t glorifying to God, we shouldn’t do that (no matter what it is). Usually, this is sin, but it’s not always sin that we have to stop doing. Sometimes it’s something that doesn’t please God, yet probably wouldn’t be classified as a sin.
This is a type of sacrifice that God calls us to do. We sacrifice, not because it’s a chore, but because we love the God who has saved us.
What are things that you are being called to sacrifice in order to please God? How are you going to be held accountable for this, so that you continue to reject what isn’t good and hold on to what is good (”Prove all things; hold fast that which is good” 1 Thessalonians 5:21)?
Find Refuge In God
Psalm 90:1-2: "1 LORD, thou hast been our dwelling place in all generations. Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God."
Whenever you have trouble, go to God for help and guidance.
He always was, is, and will be. He knows everything that will ever happen, and nothing takes Him by surprise.
Ephesians 5:13-17: “But all things that are exposed are made manifest by the light, for whatever makes manifest is light. Therefore He says: ‘Awake, you who sleep, Arise from the dead, And Christ will give you light.’ See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is.”
When we know what God’s will is, we know how to spend our time. Time is drifting away, time which we don’t get back. There’s so many different things we can do with our time. Is it productive for God’s kingdom? Is it what we’re supposed to be doing? Is it useful? Is it important? All these questions are answered by one simple question, one filter you can make all your decisions through: What is the will of God for my life?
When you can answer this one question, you’ll know what you need to do with the time God has given you. Satan wants to distract us from what God’s will is, so it’s important to know what God’s will is for your life.
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