April 4, 2020
This lesson was personal for me. It may be for you as well.
Christians are praying for God to do something about the coronavirus. The presumption seems reasonable that only God could intervein. However, nothing seems to be happening. So, we pray more frequently and fervently. God returns with the response, “it is up to you”. How could that be? “I already have told you how to achieve healing.” When was the method given and where is documented?
2 Chronicles 7:14 King James Version (KJV)
If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.
Look at this carefully for the conditions.
If my people, which are called by my name (Christians in this dispensation; that is me)
Do what? shall humble themselves (no pride) and pray (intercede) and seek my face (intimate relationship and no faking it)
and turn from their wicked ways (oops). I thought we had to get the non-believers to change their ways to have things improve. No, it is me and maybe you. Yes, it is me. I have complied.
The above is necessary to get a hearing and a response. then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.
We are to go about it as instructed in Romans 12: 1-3.
I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. (It is not unreasonable.)
And be not conformed to this world (No conformity to the ways of the world) but be ye transformed (Changed and How?) by the renewing of your mind, (What is that going to prove?) that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
(Further instruction is point-on for most of us) For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.
That takes me back to the first word of instruction to get change started; humbling myself.