I woke up this morning with this verse on my mind:
“… 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 I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” (2 Chronicles 7:14)
South Africa has been through devastating turmoil in the last few months.
We’ve seen hatred for foreigners flare and with that senseless beatings and murders of people who are not South African.
This morning I felt the Father remind me that this is not the only turmoil South Africa’s been going through. There are many other issues hurting us as a country- and we’re not alone.
Many other countries, in fact most countries in the world, have issues hurting their economy and in one way or another oppressing their people.
What’s the answer?
Many would say proper governance. But that’s not what the Scriptures tell us.
God didn’t say “if Governments are honourable and run things as they should then things will work out…”
God didn’t say “If the right political parties run the show then nations will be healed…”
No, God shows us through His Scriptures that the real power actually resides with us, His children, who believe in Him.
We are His people
We are the ones who are called by His Name. God asks us to humble ourselves- He doesn’t ask it of unbelievers or of our political leaders- He asks it of His Children.
It is us He asks to pray, and seek His face and turn from our wicked ways- and when we do that then He promises that we will see the change we want.
This is confirmed in Romans 8:19 which tells us that “For the creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed.”
The World is waiting for You!
The World and everything in it isn’t waiting for people to “get educated” or for humans to treat each other better or even for our governments to do what is right- Creation is waiting for You and Me, the Sons of God to show who we are in Jesus.
Showing who we are is not some future event that will happen one day someday- John recorded this promise of Jesus to us:
“…. whoever believes in Me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I Am going to the Father.”
But Jesus didn’t stop there, He went on to say:
“Whatever you ask in My name, that will I do, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son…”
What are You asking of God?
Man! What more do we need! First He promises that we can and will do mind blowing things and then He promises us that whatever we ask He will do!
I don’t know about you but that blows my mind!!!!!
In Psalms 2:8 God extends this invitation to us:
“Ask of Me, and I will surely give the nations as Your inheritance, And the very ends of the earth as Your possession.”
Imagine each one of us influencing our countries for Jesus. He promised to give us that nations!!!!! He said I will surely give… surely! What an awesome promise!
Are You asking God for Your country today?
Ask Him for the nation He’s laid on Your heart. His answer is already Yes and Amen!
What does our Supernatural Identity Mean?
The daughters and sons of God revealing ourselves means operating in the true identity of who we are.
What separates our identity to everyone else is that it’s supernatural. Like someone once said we have God’s Super on our Natural.
It means in the workplace God gives us divine favour.
It means that wherever we are we can lay hands on the sick and they will recover.
It means that when we hear of innocent people being beaten and killed for no reason other than that they’re foreign, instead of being angry and crying “Oh what is this world coming to!”– we lift our voices to heaven and we command the demons wreaking havoc on OUR TERRITORY to flee!
It means teaching our children to worship and dwell in the presence of Almighty God.
It means having integrity and honour in the way we do business and in the way we work because we carry the name of Jesus in whatever we do.
It means having FULL access to God’s infinite wisdom in all we do- divine revelation and strategies that will elevate us and others in supernatural ways…
It means not only praying for our country when crises strike but laying our countries before God as part of our daily prayer.
To humble ourselves means to admit that we need Jesus to live and operate as we should. It means to trust in the Lord in all our ways and not lean on our understanding.
Unleashing Your Power and Potential
To seek God’s face means to put His heart and purpose for us at the very forefront of all we do.
Do you know why Jesus was so successful and full of powerful in His ministry? Because He never, ever, not once did anything outside of His Father’s will. Jesus didn’t move until Daddy God said Go. He obeyed step by step right until the Cross.
His Way Will get You There
We sometimes underestimate the Scripture where Jesus says Not my Will.
What is Your will today? What is it You really and truly want? Are You willing to lay it aside and say to Daddy God, Not My Will?
After Jesus had obeyed and gone through the entire process His Father willed Him to- He was glorified and His name was exalted above every other Name!
When we submit to His Will, God will exalt us in due time.
Remember His promise in Matthew 6:33
“… seek first His Kingdom and His Righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” (NIV)
I pray God will give You revelation about His Kingdom and His righteousness. Everything changes when He becomes our focus.
What does it mean to turn away from our wicked ways?
I asked Daddy about this before I started writing. And He told me that once I started writing He’d tell me.
Now as I come to this part it begins to dawn on me that there are three things that jump to my mind that angered Jesus.
First was the self-righteousness of the religious rulers of his time (the Pharisees and the Sadducees).
The other was when he threw all the vendors out of The Temple and the third was when his disciples tried to prevent children being brought to Jesus that He may lay hands on them and pray-
BUT I went and looked up various incidents of these three times and it’s only in one place where I could find The Scriptures describing Jesus as angry and that was in Mark 3:5 where He was grieved for the hardness of the religious people’s hearts.
The other two times (the children incident and the Temple incident) we’re not told Jesus was angry.
Joesph Prince often says we need to pay attention to what the Holy Spirit records. And so while I may think He was angry with his disciples for trying to turn the kids away from Him or angry when He threw vendors out of the temple, the Holy Spirit didn’t mention that He was angry at those times. But He did mention Jesus being angry at the attitude of the religious people of His time.
What grieves Jesus about His Children today?
Today Jesus is not angry with us for the hardness of our hearts but it grieves Him.
Our hearts are hardened by unbelief.
We saturate our ears and minds with negative news- we join negative and condemning conversations.
All the negativity we fill ourselves with prevents us from moving in the supernatural fullness God wants us to.
So where we should pray we instead gripe and complain.
Where we should command we whimper in fear and defeat.
NO! We are sons and daughters of God!
We need to rise up and FILL ourselves with substance that will grow our faith muscle!
We need to turn away from the hardness of our hearts to the revelation of who we are in Jesus and what we’ve been called to accomplish in Him.
When we do that we begin downloading some incredible intel from Heaven. We begin moving in sync with God’s heart and His Kingdom.
Wherever we go we’re dripping with the Power of the Holy Spirit, transforming lives we meet.
Wherever our feet land we reclaim for the glory of Jesus.
My goodness! Imagine what the world looks like when You and I, His Children, begin to operate fully in the power that’s been given to us?
One thing is for sure, the healing of our land in inevitable.
My Prayer for You
Today I pray courage over You. I pray for revelation of God’s love for You.
I pray that you would recognise your supernatural identity in Jesus. And I pray that You would grown from strength to strength in revealing who You are in Him.
God loves You and His Promises are forever True.
I send You Love,