Revive Us Again

REVIVE US AGAIN

Part 3 – Revive Our Nation

(2 Chronicles 7:12-14)

October 18, 2020
Dr. Mark S. Hartman, Lead Pastor

 

INTRODUCTION

Proverbs 15:3  The eyes of the LORD are in every place, beholding the evil and the good.

2 Chronicles 7:1214  The LORD appeared to him at night and said…13 When I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or command locusts to devour the land or send a disease among My people,  14 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 will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.

 

1. HAS GOD’S JUDGMENT ALREADY ARRIVED?

A. 2 Chronicles 7:13  When I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or command locusts to devour the land or send a disease among My people,

B. Seven stages of judgment in the Old Testament God had used with Israel:

1. Conviction of sin.

2. Warnings by God’s Word and His prophets.

3. Remedial judgment allowing a nation to experience some of the consequences of sin.

4. The withdrawal of His presence.

5. The taking away of the hedge of protection and allowing the enemy to plunder.

6. Giving the nation over to its sin and its own destructiveness.

7. Finally destroying the nation.

C. The Bible talks symbolically about God having a hedge around us to protect us.  But, in judgment, He takes away the hedge.

Isaiah 5:5  Now I will tell you what I am going to do to my vineyard:  I will take away its hedge, and it will be destroyed; I will break down its wall, and it will be trampled.

D. What Dr. Avery Willis* discovered is that over the last 50 years every moral issue in America has fallen apart.

 

2. SINCE GOD HAS A PLAN TO GIVE US MERCY AND HEALING, HOW CAN I HELP?

A. If My People.  Our nation’s change must begin with revival among God’s own people.

1. The problem is the Christians.

2. God says there are 4 things we can do to help our country:

a. We can humble ourselves to God.

b. We can Pray.

c. We can seek God’s Face.

d. We can turn from our wicked ways.

B. Disciple your children and grandchildren to know and walk with God.

C. The only way people’s hearts are truly changed is through God changing hearts and that is going to take Christians on our knees.

 

*Dr. Avery Willis (1934-2010), Southern Baptist missionary to Indonesia