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Today is the day to be different
One of my favorite little sayings on Twitter is this “Please – Don’t talk about how you sang and shouted praises to God on Sunday if your tongue rips & tears people to shreds during the week.” The Lord spoke to me personally about this whenever I first tweeted it and it has sort of ‘lurked’ in the back of my mind ever since that time. You know, God only wants the best for His children and it grieves Him mightily when we don’t even try to keep our end of the agreement. He wants us to praise Him and worship Him – Daily. He wants us to walk side by side with Him – or to be a little more exact, He wants to walk alongside of us each day. His word says that we are ‘more than conquerors through Him who loved us’ (Rom 8:37) and yet we act as if we are more than defeated rather than conquerors.
A dear brother summed it up today with his posting :-
He wrote these amazing words (reprinted with permission) :-
“Yet yesterday we have offered no sacrifice, sought no righteousness and found fault with others. We have pleaded with God to pour blessing over our burdens while pouring burdens into others.”
This encapsulates my thinking entirely. We do nothing of ourselves yet we still find fault in, and judge, others for doing the very same things. We go on our knees to the Lord in order to receive His blessings for ourselves. Yet, at the very same time, we have tried to burden others with our own burdens or with burdens they don’t really need right now.
Yes – it IS time to be different. Yes – why not start today? Today it is time to ask God, with some real expectation, to heal our land because we have heeded His word to “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.”
You know – it is only my opinion but I believe that 2 Chronicles 7:13-14 is the most quoted and least obeyed scripture in the whole of God’s Word. How many times do we have to hear it or read it in order for it to sink into our ‘blind’ little minds (me included). How many times do we have to ‘repent’ before we actually do repent. True repentance, as in revival, comes with tears and conviction and a realization of just how far we are from God.
If we really are an end-time army of God then revival and repentance starts at our own front door. We have to stop pretending and get real with God. We have to stop the hypocrisy of being Sunday Christians and weekday pagans. We have to allow God to truly convict our hearts and turn to Him again – this time in true repentance. Then – maybe – just perhaps – He will hear our cries, look at our hearts, and seeing the turning with some satisfaction, start to heal our lands.
No more false repentance. No more Sunday hypocrisy and weekday “normality”.