Thursday, September 01, 2005

How Far Are We From Revival?

How Far From Revival is this Nation
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Who is responsible?

Yahweh’s Covenant reflects His nature, justice, righteousness, and holiness. When we fail, He provides mercy and grace for restoration upon our repentance. Its His whole council and cannot be separated when trying to grasp His heart. Whenever contrasts occur in an issue sides inevitably develop and extreme positions form. Each side has its fundamental edges. This issue is no different. Both sides of our God’s nature have a camp. One camp pitches its tent on grace a grace without accountability – ‘Cheep Grace’ in a kind of predetermined dispensationanal progression that is foundationless - an universal restoration. A sister premise teaches that God already knows and is sovereign and does not leave the choice up to us because He already knows and we can not change His mind therefore some are in some are out, a kind of universalistic enie meinie minei mo all will be saved who are saved and this is His sovereign plan. Another camp leave the “Old Testament” behind for the “New” a type of replacement theology
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The another camp puts down its stakes in a ridged legalistic ground. This encampment develops around social or cultural patterns usually setting its standards of ‘righteousness or holiness’ by the norm of the founders time. Any one not meeting their ideas of conformity are outside ‘God’s Kingdom’ in their estimation.

There is need to get a grasp on this conflict that, I believe Lucifer fuels. In doing so we will be strengthened to be the whole, healthy, and unified Body that Jesus prayed for us to be until He returns. These perceptions can’t help but color how we see events and how we react to them.
2nd Chronicles 7:14 has become a Christian Mantra. There is a context that defines this verse’s promise. It is an answer to a prayer of Solomon during the solemn assembly at the Temple’s dedication; 2nd Chronicles chapters 5-7.
Yahweh’s answer is a Covenantal response (not the least being the fulfillment of Deuteronomy 12 a place of His dwelling) having important conditional parameters. Yahweh addressing Solomon,“ I have heard your prayer, and have chosen this place for Myself as a house of sacrifice.” He then continues with, “If I”, signaling the conditions involved echoing Deuteronomy 26:16 - Chapter 30.
Solomon’s prayer was an outline of the Deuteronomic understanding given to Israel before entering the PROMISE LAND and according to Jeremiah can only be broken when the fixed order of ‘day and night’ can be broken Jere.31:35-37,33:19-26, and Ezekiel gives 2nd testimony to this 37:24-28. Jesus later confirms this in Matt.5:17-20 as a worning!

Deuteronomy 26:16-19 reads, “This day Yahweh your God commands you to do these statutes and ordinances”… (the Torah given to Moses) [The hearers; DELIVERED- SAVED are inside the Covenant as we are today]…“ You shall therefore be careful to do them with all your HEART and with all your SOUL. You have today declared Yahweh to be your God and that you would walk in His ways and keep His statutes, His commandments and His ordinances, and listen to His voice. [this we agree to when we surrender to Jesus - John 14:15,21] And Yahweh has today declared you to be His people, a treasured possession, as He promised you, and that you should keep all His commandments; and that He will set you high above all nations which He has made, for praise, fame, and honor, and that you shall be a consecrated people to Yahweh your God, as He has spoken.” This preamble to the summery of the Covenant is still active and binding, Gal.3:29, Eph. 3:14 -19. The detailed consequences and specific reinstatement instructions often overlooked have defining parameters for our actions today. (Matt.5:17-20)

We are the People called by His name standing together with the “great cloud of witnesses” from time’s beginnings. Therefore, Yahweh speaking to us today says, “If I shut up the heavens”… and any or all the curses spelled out in Deut.27 fall on us, or a country we live, Yahweh, in His faithfulness and justice must act according to His word. He is Sanctified by its coming about as He has spoken. Ezk. 39:27 saying, “in fulfilling what He’s spoken He…SHELL BE SANTIFIED (emphasis added) through His fulfilling actions.” Jesus prays, “ Sanctify them in the truth; Thy word is truth.” It appears that when Yahweh does according to His word/Covenant He proves His faithfulness. When we expect Him to act contrary to His Word, we dishonor Him.

Our land reflects the coursings of Mount Ebal. His Word/truth must define what is out of order. We, called by His name, while seeking His face, concerning our nation must understand that infractions are spelled out in the Scriptures not by man made standards of any of the extreme camps. The Scriptures have the information we need to get in line with the Eternal Covenant that Yahweh will not violate. If we do not agree in our supplications with His directives He will not fulfill the PROMISES, because He is faithful to Himself. When we ask for the promises without coming in line with the truth of His directives we dishonor the Word and person of Yahweh. For Him to bless us when outside the agreed Covenant parameters would make Him a liar.

At the closing of history we are warned, “I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds to them, God shell add to him the plagues which are written in this book; and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God will take away his part from the tree of life and from the Holy city, which are written in this book. He who testifies to these things says, “ Yes, I am coming quickly…” (Rev.22:17-20a). Moreover if we truly believe that this is a whole book, then it stands to reason when our intercessor [Jesus] issues His closing warning with such consequences we have but one response, humble ourselves by finding out how the Creator’s mandates have been trespassed against. Once He has exposed these things to us through comparing ourselves to His righteousness [revealed to us from His Scriptures] we must pray prayers of repentance! THEN I… Says Yahweh!

It is imperative to ask this question; what does Yahweh’s answer to Solomon look like? Today our ideas of absolutes and objectivity weaken our resolve and understanding of Yahweh. The Scriptures show us these parameters not the standards established by the world. The second phrase … “humble themselves and pray” reveals to us “who will then seek His face” the directions to follow when crying out between porch and alter (Joel2:12-17).

We live in a nation not effected when the hand of Yahweh moves with signs and wonders against us like the alarm sounding in the ears a man deafened through an intoxicated stupor. Like that man this nation turned a little, slammed down the snooze button after 9/11 and the hurricanes, and the fires and the drought and the wild animals in the cities and the and the… Our response, by even those who should know better, was to stand shoulder to shoulder with religious leaders proclaiming and serving gods other then Yahweh, saying all are equal. Just what type of response do we think the God who says , you shall have no other Gods before me and I give My glory to no one but Myself is going to give us?
Pastor Art

3 Comments:

Blogger KJKEB said...

Pastor,

I applaud the concern at a national level. But God calls me and He calls you. He calls me to a personal and intimate relationship. He calls me to a life of Holiness. He calls me to a life of personal responsibility and accountability. He calls me to "love one another", to love "my neighbor as myself". And he calls me to be the Spiritual Leader of my family in my home.

And if I do all of those things that He calls me to be and to do, then I will be influencing my family for Jesus Christ. I will be "salt and light" to the world. Others will see me and see Christ living in me and will want the same thing.

They will come to know Jesus as their Lord and Saviour. They will begin to live that life of Holiness, that life of personal responsibility and accountability. They will "love one another", and love their neighbor as thereself. They will be the Spiritual Leader of their family in their home.

And it will spread like a Holy Fire that is fanned from above.

And the next thing you know, there will be revival in this land.

I am sorry for responding to an older post. But I am just getting started in the world of blogging and I am excited about the dialog.

~Kevin

9:56 AM  
Blogger Pastor Art said...

Kevin

Yes, that is quite true after all Yahweh started out with family as the unit both in the Garden and Israel not to mention the line of David. I as I am sure any one reading this can say I that respect - family I often fail miserably at that at times. At the quietest places of my life before Yahweh that reality becomes apparent. I have to trust that He can interfere where I have failed. I know he can.

I wrote this a few years back as an article, I think around the time of the National Day of Prayer. There are some changes however as you see in the text the concern I have is that we as Christians especially in the western Democracies overlook maybe have never actually considered Yahweh’s Kingship and our relationship is covenantal and many of the concerns we have on the National level reflect His correction. And as you pointed out the condition of the family is one of these. Moreover I think truly the root.

The heard part becomes the chicken or the egg syndrome. Or maybe better, which will work large scale or small scale restructure - reform - renewal. In the, “How far” piece I was looking large to small.
This is good even with the “OLD” post.
Pastor Art

11:24 AM  
Blogger Pastor Art said...

As far as the “old post” is concerned this swift moving yesterdays post is old thoughts is one of the weaknesses of bloging. The format aids in the sound bit mentality. Pondering formulating cogent interaction becomes replaced with reactionary responses all to often. You know that, what’s the first thing that comes to mind come on don’t think about it just tell me. “Generalization”
Pastor Art

11:36 AM  

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