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Friday, April 24 2009

2 Chronicles 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 scripture is intended for those of us who call on the name of God.  It was brought back to my remembrance last week.  This scripture is found in the Old Testament but is timely in the days in which we are living.  (Please know that the whole Bible is relevant, not just some of it.)  The word of the Lord started to come upon me as it always does when the Holy Spirit is trying to tell me something to get to His children. God is trying to tell us to turn from our wicked ways and turn to Him so He can help us.  It is so simple yet so many don’t know God in this way.

 

What exactly does “wicked ways” mean to us in this 21st century?  Without going into a lot of detail, let me just say that most of us have wicked ways.  A lot of people I have been around practice witchcraft and they don’t even know it.  We don’t think that we do but we do.  So what are they, Molly?  Here are some of the things that were put on my spirit.

 

If you say you believe in God and you do not tithe, that is an evil way.  You are in disobedience.  If you haven’t been taught about tithing from a Biblical standpoint that you can understand or “get,” that is one thing, but if you have been enlightened by the Holy Spirit of God about tithing (your money) and you rail against tithing where God tells you to, then shame on you!  Evil way!  And by the way there is good soil to put your money into and there is bad soil.  Make certain that you pray to God and ask Him for confirmation as to where to place your tithes and offerings.  Not everything out there that says “God” is God.  I learned that through walking through it myself. Click here for show on tithing. If you put anything before the Lord your God, making it an idol, such as jobs, clothes, men, women, homes, money, then shame on you!  What we don’t seem to understand is that our hearts are wicked in themselves and a lot of us are being deceived into thinking that we put God first when that is not the case.  Would you give to God first when you know you needed something?  For example, if you needed, and I mean really needed, some clothes, would you buy the clothes or would you use that money as a tithe, believing Him to honor it bringing you the clothes when He sees fit?  I can tell you by experience that most of us say we would but when push comes to shove, our flesh can get in the way and stop us from honoring God first…. we can’t seem to just do it.  Evil way!  

 

We have to come to the knowledge that God is real. He never, ever changes.  He is the same yesterday, today and forever.  He requires our obedience FIRST and our devotion, AND THEN He will come and heal our land (our lives).  I can tell you firsthand that He has done just that for me in every facet and is still restoring my life….the life He intended for me to have. Don’t you want God’s best for your life?     

 

I walk around and talk to others and listen to what they are saying and I am just so grieved over the thinking and the lack of revelation that God’s children have.  We have been given, for the most part, a watered-down religiosity that goes, for the most part, against the God who is in charge and we don’t even know it. 

 

I received a present a few years ago from two individuals on my birthday.  The intention was good.   I had been asking God for a new Bible due to the worn condition of the one I was using.  I needed a new one.  The one I received is called the Rainbow bible.  This Bible had every bell and whistle imaginable in order to make learning about God palatable, easy and enjoyable.  After the day was over, I felt led to a certain scripture in this Bible. The scripture was Matthew 17:21.  Jesus tells us here that a particular kind of demon cannot be exorcised unless it is done with prayer AND fasting.  I know from experience with the demonic realm that this is in fact the case.  Why would I not believe EXACTLY what Jesus tells me?  When I turned to this scripture in this Cadillac bible, I was astonished to find that one of the most important facets of this scripture had been omitted….It was the word fasting.  I fast more I think than I don’t, and I can tell you that fasting is a key to victory when you are dealing with all kinds of Kingdom issues, especially in the demonic realm.  Then I knew that if that key scripture had been tainted, what else had been watered-down?  I got rid of that Bible and used the old one I had until I was released to purchase the one the Holy Spirit wanted me to have.

 

The moral of that story is that most of us are practicing witchcraft with watered-down bibles and don’t even know it.  This is not a feel good walk we are on if we say we follow Christ.  Evil ways!  We can’t mature into the things that God has for us because we don’t even realize we are being led astray.

 

I have grown to come to know a God who requires my obedience and my devotion so “My Land” can and will be healed.  This is not a game.  Healings, deliverances and provisions are not silly things.  They are very important and in order to receive them, you need to do it with a reverent heart for God.  When you can pray and receive an answer to your dilemma, then you better get up off of it and do what God is telling you.  Obedience is the key to Him coming and THEN healing your land….He isn’t just going to do it.

 

If “YOUR LAND” is in trouble and you are defeated in your life in any way, cry out to God.  If you want His best for your life, you want something different than you have and you are sick and tired of the life you are living, cry out to Him.  He will come and heal you IF you will turn from your wicked ways. 

 

We are in times of great distress in the body of Christ.  You cannot get everything you need and God’s provision by playing games with God.  I hate to tell you but you are going to have to stop playing church if you want God’s best.  Church as we have known it is over.  God’s children are suffering horribly and they don’t know why.  Some of it is judgment, to be certain, and some of it is sheer ignorance, BUT once you have gotten or become aware of “the more of God,” YOU will have to turn from your evil ways.  God is not going to make you and it is not up to the Pastor to make you.  The Pastor is in place to lead you, and I dare say, a lot of Pastors are being misled as well.  We are truly sheep without shepherds. 

 

I learned about God with the direction of the Holy Spirit and if He can do this much for me, what can He do for you?  This is going to be up to you.  But I tell you if you want a better life, YOU will have to do the asking and YOU will have to do the turning from your wicked ways just like I did.  I wasn’t even a baby in Christ when I turned to the Lord for help.  I had no clue about my Father in Heaven.  He is more than I ever knew and I had been raised in church. 

 

The choice of your life is up to you.  The outcomes in your life will depend on whether you turn from your wicked ways or not…believe me if anyone had wicked ways, it was me…

 

The only answers you need are at the cross.  I want to tell you that it won’t be easy and at times it won’t be fun, but it will be the best choice for your life.  Let me just tell you:  I really never wanted to be a real follower of Christ because frankly, the people I was around made Him look funky. God knows what He has taught me and how He has taught me and I can tell you that He is anything but funky.  We need Him for our lives.  He is the best thing that has ever happened to me.  Can you say the same?  He will come and heal your land and if He hasn’t, THEN who are you following?

 

Molly 

 

God says it best:

Hosea 4:6  My People are destroyed for lack of knowledge…..

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