All those who accepted Lord Jesus as his/her personal Savior and washed in His precious blood, had the assurance of forgiveness became God’s chosen people like the Israelites.
As God’s chosen and special people we bear His Name, ‘Christians’.
The Lord wants us to live as His people among the world’s people.
We have to admit that all is not right with our Christian walk.
We might have deviated from the path of discipleship and succumbed to the worldly ways.
We might have lost our first love for Lord Jesus
“If My people who are called by My name humble themselves and pray, and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways,”
1. “HUMBLE THEMSELVES”
Humble in the presence of God is entirely different from all other situations.
A. We do not consider ourselves having any worth before Lord Jesus
We are giving up our will, our rights and our self before a holy God.
We are submitting voluntarily to God’s authority and rule.
B. Humbling before God is also to acknowledge our sinfulness.
When we humble before God we recognize our unworthiness and sinful condition.
Today many believers compromise with the world and behave like non-Christians.
They are giving wrong message to the unbelievers around them.
Life goes on as usual for them without any visible change in their life style.
Their faith in Christ remained just a concept but never practiced.
The main reason I believe that they have no fear of God.
They never grasped and understood the holiness & righteousness of God.
For all purposes such believers are talking Christians not doing Christians
They are taking a Holy God for granted with such attitude.
"Prayer is essentially a means by which God’s people can communicate with God”.
When we humble ourselves we recognize that we have a sinful heart and we pray.
God loves a person who humbles and seeks Him in prayer.
Tax collector in the New Testament prayed with humility and feeling of unworthiness & sinfulness.
We need to have the same attitude of the tax collector when we approach God in prayer.
Prayer comes natural to a person who fears God.
Prayer is a spiritual discipline.
We have to admit that many of our prayer life is literally on life support.
3. SEEK MY FACE
Seeking His face means to be in His presence no matter what.
It is like giving up everything to be in the Church with fellow believers.
Is it possible with our busy schedules and priorities?
We know for sure most many of us do not make to the church on time.
That means we are taking God for granted.
It is not seeking God’s face but it looks like as if God is seeking our face.
A. “Seek My face” means that God is not too far away.
Face to face communication removes the distance between human and God.
B. ‘My face’ speaks of an intimate relationship with a holy God.
When we seek His face, we are submitting that we are not hiding from Him.
We discover face to face, God is also loving, merciful, gracious and forgiving God.
4. TURN FROM OUR WICKED WAYS
The definition of right and wrong keeps changing every day by the minute.
What was wicked and sinful in 1960's is OK today.
We are living in a political correctness world.
Our God is an unchanging God, and what He considers as right and wrong does not change with time or with any generation.
We understand that sinful heart is wicked – leads to a sinful life style – hinders our relationship with our Lord Jesus Christ.
The Lord is speaking very clearly to His people to turn back from their wicked ways.
God desires that His people to return to Him and repent for their sins.
Repentance is an opportunity that how far we have come away from the Lord.
By our actions, thinking and mixed up priorities in our life.
Repentance enables us to see our sins for what they are.
My personal conclusion is that we are slowly losing sight of a Holy God.
Our hearts are becoming callous and devoid of fear of God in us.
This is an opportunity for all of us to dig deep into our hearts and see if any offensive ways in our Christian walk.