Here's a few of my thoughts on part two of Richard Owen Roberts' message at our church home, First Baptist in Cooper, TX.
First of all, Mr. Roberts took us to 2 Chronicles 7:14, a familiar passage for those who are concerned about our nation:
If My people who are called by My name humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin and will heal their land.
No doubt our land and our people need forgiveness, healing and restoration of God Almighty.
We first took a brief look at humbling ourselves by comparing ourselves with Christ Jesus, instead of other people.
According to Mr. Roberts, we must not ask God to humble us, since this is something God clearly tells us to do for ourselves.
Then we looked at the prayer of Moses after the people built and worshipped the golden calf. Moses pleaded with God to forgive the people as he told the Lord, "If You will not forgive them, please blot me out of Your book that You have written" (Exodus 32:31-32).
Imagine Moses' willingness to remove himself from God's blessing if the sinful people were not forgiven. God draws people to Himself and provides the desire to seek forgiveness.
Does our concern for those who need the Lord cause us to pray as Moses prayed? Or do we pray light, fluffy prayers asking God to bless all the people?
Moses prayed for the people to receive God's forgiveness. He went to God on behalf of the sinful people of his day.
Do you need the healing power of God in your personal life?
When I share my personal testimony, I agree with the Psalmist, "God sent His Word and healed me" (Psalm 107:20). Yes, God healed me as I studied His Word with a few faithful women.
I recommend a valuable Bible study on God's care and deliverance, Lord, Heal My Hurts (Waterbrook, 2000) by Kay Arthur of Precept Ministries International.
From my experience, I know that God works through His Word to bring healing and restoration to the lives of those who seek Him.
May God meet you where you are today and reveal Himself to you. May you experience the hope of God in your daily life. God loves you and His provision for you exceeds all you can ever hope or imagine.
Thanks for stopping by! May you enjoy God's favor and blessings beyond all measure.
BTW, I'll post more insights from Mr. Roberts later.