In My Mind

In my mind and heart, America has reached a very difficult crossroads in her history. Many may disagree with me, but before this moment I feel God’s response to Solomon’s prayer in 2 Chronicles 7:12-16, “Then the Lord appeared to Solomon at night and said to him: I have heard your prayer and have chosen this place for Myself as a temple of sacrifice. If I close the sky so there is no rain, or if I command the grasshopper to consume the land, or if I send pestilence on My people, and My people who are called by My name humble themselves, pray and seek My face, and turn from their evil ways, then I will hear from heaven, forgive their sin, and heal their land. My eyes will now be open and My ears attentive to prayer from this place. And I have now chosen and consecrated this temple so that My name may be there forever; My eyes and My heart will be there at all times.” HCSB.

Never has there been a time in my Christian walk that I did not believe this statement in God’s Word. And I have asked God to forgive our Nation for sin as a people. However, I have always thought, “Can America truly, as a Nation, call itself ‘a people called by God’s Name?'” I will not hesitate to answer, “Not since the late 60s through the mid-70s, at least.” Almost 6 decades our Nation has been in a downward slide toward darkness. At no time has this prayer been more needed than now. People will disagree, but that is okay for I know that I am never 100% correct and that is not my goal. My point is that prayer always changes things…always.

Please note that God appeared to Solomon at night and Nicodemus met Jesus at night in John chapter 3. And, no doubt, America is walking in darkness as I write. God told Solomon, “I have heard your prayer and have chosen this place for Myself as a temple of sacrifice.” Take a hard look at this phrase. God not only hears the faithful prayer of HIS PEOPLE…He always answers; ALWAYS. However, there is something here that we may have missed, too. In the OT and until 70AD when Titus destroyed the 2nd Temple, God’s Holy Presence was there. This was the ‘Holy of Holies’ and the Veil. Do not forget that this Veil was torn in half at the Crucifixion of Jesus and God’s Presence was no longer seen there.

Today, the Temple of the Holy Spirit is where? In the heart of every Believer, every born-again Believer in Jesus Christ, lives the Holy Spirit. The sacrifice of which God spoke to Solomon was an animal sacrifice, but at the Crucifixion of His Son, Jesus became the Sacrifice. But today, every Believer to be a spiritual sacrifice, “Therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, I urge you to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God; this is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this age, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may discern what is the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God.” Romans 12:1-2.

Every born-again Believer in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord is a part of His Body, the Church. We have become His Nation, His People and this is significant, “My people who are called by My name humble themselves, pray and seek My face, and turn from their evil ways, then I will hear from heaven, forgive their sin, and heal their land.” His People will be healed from their ‘evil ways,’ that is, their sin. For in 1 John 8-10, “If we say, “We have no sin,” we are deceiving ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say, “We don’t have any sin,” we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us.” Is God speaking about the sins of our Nation? NO, our personal sin. Is He also speaking about the United States? Probably not for the Bible NEVER mentions our Nation. He must be talking about forgiving the sins of individual Believers and the Church, His Body, will be healed.

Much is to be done in the local Body of Believers. Jesus is Lord.

About Bob Williford

Conservative Southern Baptist pastor, missionary, and personal evangelist. An avid supporter of Texas Tech Athletics. Enjoy oil painting, writing and woodworking. My wife, children, and grandchildren are my joy. Reading and writing are great for relaxing......
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