Saturday, January 1, 2011

IF MY PEOPLE WILL.........

2 Chronicles 7:14, “If my people, which are called by my name, shall 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.”

“If my people will humble themselves and pray and seek my face…..”

“If my people will humble themselves and pray and seek my face…..”

“If my people will humble themselves and pray and seek my face…..”

“I will hear, forgive and heal.”

“I will hear, forgive and heal.”

“I will hear, forgive and heal.”

The first thing we must do is “humble ourselves.” It will do no good to pray if you do not first humble yourself before God. When you have humbled yourself, then you must pray. But you can not stop there, you must also seek the face of God. You must seek His will, His direction and His approval. Now go do that.

This message could end right here. No more is needed to be said to say what we ought to do. If you will humble yourself, pray and seek the face of God, then He will hear, forgive and heal.

If you would go home right now and humble yourself before God and pray and tell God that you have been doing too many things according to your own will instead of His will. If you would go home right now and consecrate yourself to prayer and fasting, seeking and asking the Lord to direct your steps, then He will hear, forgive and heal.

We want God to hear us. We want God to hear our cry, our request and our plea for help. We want God to forgive us of our sins, our transgressions, our mistakes, and our failures. And we want God to heal our afflictions and diseases, our broken hearts, and our relationships.

God has promised that He would do all those things if we would humble ourselves and pray and seek His face. What are we going to do? Are we waiting on God or is He waiting on us?

Do we know how to humble ourselves? Do we recognize where we have put our will above God’s will? Do we see where we have told God to wait until we do a few things for ourselves, our children, our career, our pleasure and our entertainment?

When the Lord says something three times, we better believe that it is vital to our salvation.

Matthew 23:12, “And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted.”

Luke 14:11, “For whosoever exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.”

Luke 18:14, “for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.”

There is a subtle snare of the devil which causes people to exalt themselves in the belief that they are doing a good work for God; when in reality, they are only doing what they want to do. Just because it appears to you as a good moral thing to do, does not necessarily mean that it is the will of God. God’s work will always be motivated by and founded upon the love of God and compassion for the needs of others. God’s work always involves a crucifixion of the flesh, because the flesh is enmity against God.

The apostle Paul tells us:
1 Corinthians 9:27, “But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.”
Has not God said: “If my people will” follow Paul’s example, I will do for them what I did for Paul. I do not have respect of persons.” The song poet said: “What He has done for others, He will do for you.” Do we believe that?

1 Peter 5:5-11
5 Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble.
6 Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:
7 Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.
8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:
9 Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.
10 But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.
11 To him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.

Do we know how to pray? Not all prayers are acceptable to God. He does not hear the prayer of a sinner, unless it is the prayer of a broken and contrite heart crying out in repentance. God does not answer the prayer which is out of order with His will.

James 5:13-16
13 Is any among you afflicted? let him pray. Is any merry? let him sing psalms.
14 Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord:
15 And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him.
16 Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.

The Lord will not hear a prayer filled with doubt. He will not hear a lukewarm prayer which is spoken out of a sense of duty rather than with a soul burden for the needs of others. Do we think we know how to pray when in reality we may not know how to pray? The Word and the Spirit will teach us all things, including how to pray. If you want to know how to pray, ask the Holy Spirit to teach you.

Matthew 7:7-12
7 Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:
8 For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.
9 Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone?
10 Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent?
11 If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?
12 Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.

We have all heard messages on the three-fold responsibility of “ask, seek and knock.” If we ask right, we will receive. If we seek right, we will find. If we knock right, the door will open. You may ask, what is the right way? What righteous principle must we follow. Then answer is right here in verse twelve. “Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.” Jesus said it this way:

Matthew 22:37-40
37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.
38 This is the first and great commandment.
39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.

If you want your prayers to be heard, you must love others like you want God to love you. You want to be saved and make heaven your eternal home. You must want the same thing for your neighbor with the same degree of burden and desire. Your interest and concentration is not on judging and condemning your neighbor but rather teaching, exhorting and laboring to reconcile them to Christ and the church.

“If my people will humble themselves and pray and seek my face…..”

“I will hear, forgive and heal.”

You may humble yourself and pray, but you will not be victorious if you do not put into action the earnest desire to see God’s face. You must desire His approval. You must desire the sure confidence that you are walking in the light of His laws. If Satan can cause you to doubt your relationship with God, you will stumble along in confusion. If Satan can cause you to think unkindly toward your neighbor, you will not gain God’s favor or His blessings. You must be Christ-like. You must live like Christ lived. You must seek to reflect the image of God in your daily conduct so that others can see Christ in you. Jesus said, “he that hath seen me hath seen the Father.” When people are seeking after Jesus Christ, they should see Him in us.

Jeremiah 29:11-13
11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.
12 Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you.
13 And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.
God has not changed. He will still be found by all those who seek for Him with all their heart.
Joel 2:11-16
11 And the Lord shall utter his voice before his army: for his camp is very great: for he is strong that executeth his word: for the day of the Lord is great and very terrible; and who can abide it?
12 Therefore also now, saith the Lord, turn ye even to me with all your heart, and with fasting, and with weeping, and with mourning:
13 And rend your heart, and not your garments, and turn unto the Lord your God: for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repenteth him of the evil.
14 Who knoweth if he will return and repent, and leave a blessing behind him; even a meat offering and a drink offering unto the Lord your God?
15 Blow the trumpet in Zion, sanctify a fast, call a solemn assembly:
16 Gather the people, sanctify the congregation, assemble the elders, gather the children, and those that suck the breasts: let the bridegroom go forth of his chamber, and the bride out of her closet.

Will you seek God according to His commands? If you do it His way, you will surely find deliverance and victory.

Will you do it this way: “turn ye even to me with all your heart, and with fasting, and with weeping, and with mourning: And rend your heart, and not your garments, and turn unto the Lord your God:”

If you will seek God according to His commands, this is what you will find: “for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness.”

If you want to find God, then surrender yourself to His correction and let Him make you into His image. If Jesus Christ is not the Lord over all things in your life, then you will not find Him and you will not see Him.

“If my people will humble themselves and pray and seek my face…..”

“I will hear, forgive and heal.”

In the year 2011, what will God's people do?
What will you do for Jesus this year?
Will you follow after your own ideas, or will you humble yourself and pray and seek the face of God?

4 comments:

  1. Very good challenge for the new year Brother Storts. Thank you for sharing and living with the testimony of victory. The professed church certainly needs to be reminded that the Lord's true church is a glorious victorious people.

    Brother Brannon

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  2. God bless you Bro. Brannon. I will be praying for you during the days and weeks of this year that God will bless your ministry for His glory. Although we may have knowledge of much truth and understand the plan of salvation, we can do nothing without the moving of the Holy Spirit to teach us and direct us in the way of the Lord. His ways are above our ways. His will can not be known by mere human intellect. Who is able to ascend into heaven and bring down the timely message of the hour? Let us pray for one another, that we will remain upon our face before God until we have that sure word of prophecy which will shake people loose from their sins, their false Gods and their false Christs.

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  3. Bro. Storts, forgive me for asking but I saw something on the blog that seemed to suggest that you and your wife were divorced. Are the two of you still together?

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  4. Yes, My wife and I are still together. We vowed to our Lord Jesus Christ that we would love each other until death due us part. After 40 years, we still keep that vow. It is a terrible experience when a husband and wife do not have spiritual unity. The stress is enough to turn a man's hair white. I pray that some day God will help us have that sweet spiritual unity once again.

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