A Cry For Our Beloved Land

       There is a terrible and wicked cloud over our nation at this time; the sons of God are being targeted and becoming prey for the sons of perdition. It is not a time for rhetoric or grandstanding but to retreat into the stronghold and hear what God is saying and to receive instruction as to what must be done! But to do this successfully, there is a position we must be in for our prayers to be effective: “Who may ascend the mountain of the Lord? Who may stand in His holy place? The one who has clean hands and a pure heart, who has not set his mind on what is false and who has not sworn deceitfully” (Psalm 24:2-3). It is good to call for prayers of warfare, but we must understand that he who comes to the table of equity must come with clean hands! Are we devoid of blame, of injustice, corruption, falsehood and the likes in our midst (Isaiah 58)? As sons of God, we must not forget that we serve the God of Justice. He shows no favoritism, thus none can claim prerogative over Him. When king Solomon tried, God replied thus: “…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 I will forgive their sin and heal their land” (2 Chronicles 7:14). 
       The dastardly acts that are being perpetrated for almost a decade now are on the increase despite the prayers and curses of the sons of God. We face defeat on this front daily. Something is grossly wrong! When Israel under Joshua in the wilderness scouted the land of Ai, they decided that since the people of Ai were few, only a selected group from the men of war should go and fight them. Three thousand Israelites were chosen to face and rout the army of Ai. Unfortunately, they were wrong and were roundly defeated! When Joshua and the elders heard this, they put dust on their heads and laid on the floor crying to God. God told Joshua that Israel was defeated because they had sinned by taking an accursed thing and hidden it amongst their stuff in the camp. For that reason, they have become prey for their enemies (Joshua 7)! Same thing is happening in our land; instead of returning to God to ask why and how we can come out of this predicament, the Joshuas and the elders of our land are laying on the floor weeping and placing curses! Pray tell, the curses of almost a decade, what reprieve has it brought? Rather, the more curses are laid, the more precarious the situation of the sons of God. Has the God of Heaven, Whom we believe, traveled or is deaf?! Where is the God that grants instant healing, deliverance and prosperity? Beloved, something is grossly wrong! God’s standard has not changed. 
       Someone argued that the God of the Old Testament is not the same now. That argument or position is blasphemous because: “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever” (Hebrews 13:8). He has never changed and He is not about to start now. God’s word is true and is eternal: “The entirety of Your word is truth; and all Your righteous judgments endure forever” (Psalm 119:160). The way forward is not in cursing, but to return to the Lord and ask for mercy. God’s people are never beaten in any fight or confrontation. If they are, there is sin in the land and the Lord will not fight for them. It is time to stand up individually and collectively and ask God for mercy and repent of our evil ways as Daniel did for Israel. Carnality has crept into the House of God and corrupted the hearts of men; making the leaders and the people of God a joke in the land: “We are ashamed because we have heard insults, humiliation covers our faces because foreigners have entered the holy places of the Lord’s Temple” (Jeremiah 51:51). Let us “stand up on our knees” and ask the Lord of Heaven for forgiveness and mercy so He can heal and reclaim our land! The Lord is looking for a man whose heart is loyal to Him that would do this. Please, be that one man: “For the eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to show Himself strong for those whose hearts are completely His” (2Chronocles 16:9). God bless you.

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