12 Therefore also now, saith the Lord, turn ye even to me with all your heart, and with fasting, and with weeping, and with mourning: 13 And rend your heart, and not your garments, and turn unto the Lord your God: for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repenteth him of the evil. 27 And ye shall know that I am in the midst of Israel, and that I am the Lord your God, and none else: and my people shall never be ashamed. – Joel 2: 12-13, 27
The nation of Israel was established upon the commandments and precepts of God, yet over time the Israelites began to stray from God and model their beliefs and behaviors after the heathen nations around them. In the book of Joel, we see that God had sent adversity to the Israelites in hopes of getting their attention and bringing them back to their former devotion to Him. In Joel chapter two, the prophet appealed to the Israelites to turn back to God with all their heart, with humility and brokenness, and promised that God would restore and bless them.
Our country was also established upon Godly principles, yet over time, we, too, have begun to stray from God and have become increasingly secular. However, God in His mercy has sent adversity to our country to get our attention and bring us back to Him. In this year especially, our country has seen many dark days, and yet God is urging us, through anointed preaching, to collectively repent and turn our attention and devotion back to the Christian principles that our country was founded upon.
As the church, we need to love God more than anything, to hold fast to our faith and stand boldly for the principles of God, lest we also stray. Our heart's desire must be for more of God - more preaching, more church, and more prayer! We have to have a made up mind to live for God, regardless of what the world is doing around us. We cannot be influenced by Hollywood or politically-correct academics and politicians - we must take a stand for righteousness and recognize sin as sin. Isaiah 5:20 says: "Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil...!" God is calling us to a place of separation and holiness, to a place of faith and boldness, so that we can be a light in our dark world!
Friend, whose side are you on? Are you trying to please the world and conform to the world's ideals, yet claim to be a part of the church? Have you traded holiness and separation for friendship with the world? Has your commitment been replaced by complacency? If so, God is calling on you to repent so that he can deliver, heal, and restore you. It's never too late for revival!
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