Stop Blaming the Wrong People for Our Culture’s Wickedness by JOE MCKEEVER for Charisma News
GNN Note – Maybe the hardest lesson I am currently working through.
“How often I would have gathered your children together as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you would not!” (Matt. 23:37).
You were unwilling.
I would, but you would not, God says.
As a result, Jerusalem was reaping what she had sown. Getting the consequences of her neglect.
The resources of heaven are standing by; we neglect this to our detriment.
See what the Lord Jesus said to the leper in Mark 1. This fellow violated every convention, every standard, and instead of calling out “Unclean! Unclean!” and avoiding Him, he ran to Jesus. “Lord,” he said, “if you are willing, you can make me clean.” The wonderful Lord Jesus did the unthinkable and touched the untouchable.
“I am willing,” He said. “Be cleansed.”
I am willing.
There may be no three words more appropriate for the life and ministry of the Lord Jesus Christ than these.
He is willing to forgive sins (see Mark 2:5, where He did so without even being asked). He is willing to bless even at the expense of stirring up opposition (see Mark 3:1-6). His love is so overpowering.
God is not willing that any should perish (2 Pet. 3:9).
He said, “If My people, who are called by My name, will humble themselves and pray, and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and will heal their land” (2 Chron. 7:14, emphasis added).
My people. If they do this.
It’s God’s people who are the means of revival. They are God’s channel.
It’s God’s people who stand in the way of revival. They are the roadblock.