Christian? Release Your Country

I was quoting a very familiar scripture in church yesterday and something really profound hit me.

Some of you might already realise this but pardon me while I share.

Read with me: ‘If my people who are called by my name shall humble themselves, pray, seek, crave and require of necessity My face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven, forgive their sin and heal their land-2 Chronicles 7:14

Before now,every time I read this scripture, I assumed that God was speaking to every citizen of Israel. But today I saw a few things that challenged my beliefs.

The first few words of this verse clearly specify the people to who God is speaking.

God is speaking not just to His people, but the ones called by His name. Today, that would mean you and I who call ourselves by the name of the Lord- Christians (The church).

Now that it is established that God is talking to Christians in that verse, let’s look at what He requires from each one of us:

Humility: To be clear, humility is not thinking less of yourself, it is thinking of yourself less. With that definition in mind, how many of us Christians today are truly humble people? How many times a month do you think about other people before yourself?

Prayer: Prayer is a dialogue between man and God. Using this definition, how many of us are really praying? Are our prayer times not strictly monologues of a to do list that we have for God with afterthought thank you’s thrown in?

Seek : To look for, Crave: To desire with intensity Require of Necessity God’s face- How many of us Christians today are interested in God’s face? Most of us couldn’t care less. We are only interested in what is in His hands that He can give to us.

Turn from wicked ways: Two words-Stop sinning. We’ve become so adjusted to the culture we live in as Christians that sin has become second nature to us. We even justify our sin by say Grace covers it or God understands. God does not understand your choice to sin after He has give you the ability not to. Sin is Sin.

When the Church(You and I who call ourselves Christians) do these, then God will forgive our sin and heal our land.
Summary of this epistle, The church today is what is holding the nation in bondage. If you want your country to be better than it is, Do your part! God does not need the whole country, He needs His people.
Christian, Release your Country.
I’m definitely checking my life to see if I’m contributing in any way to the wrongs going on in my country.
Who’s with me?
Tobiloba

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Your Part in His Story

I woke up today with a chapter of Scripture ringing in my head probably from my dreams.

The thing was , this particular chapter of scripture was not exactly one that I was familiar with so I put it out of my mind and didn’t even check it out.

But the Holy Spirit wouldn’t let up so I turned my bible to the troublesome passage-Psalm 105 , and wow! Talk about a lot!

That passage chronicled the journey of Israel to and eventually from Egypt and something struck me in the middle of reading it.

The story of Joseph. He went from his father’s house to pit, to slavery to prison, then to prime minister. To what end?

There are a lot of side street lessons to be learnt about the character of God and other things from Joseph’s story,no doubt but the ultimate reason for his character in God’s story:

To bring Israel to Egypt in fulfilment of God’s overall plan.

The story of Joseph was not about Joseph, It was about God’s plan and how he fit into it.

History is exactly what it says it is-His Story. God’s story. Every person who has ever lived just plays their role in the story and bows out once they are done.

The story of your life is not about you! It’s about God and his overall plan.

Make sure you find the part of the story you’re created to fit into and stay there.

How do I know where I fit in you ask?

Listen to the advice David gave.

Read with me: ‘Look to the Lord and His strength, Seek His face always-Psalm105:4

Sounds like sound advice to me. What about you?

It’s never too late to start so I’m starting right now.

I’m asking God about my place in the plan.
Who’s with me?
Tobiloba