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7.2.19

RJ’s Sermon Notes – If My People Will Humble Themselves

With July 4th being only a couple of days away, I want to share with you two thoughts

about America that are on my heart today:

1) God has blessed America!

God has blessed America in the following ways: beautiful land, beaches, green valleys,

farmlands, mountains and the great plans. Thank you God!

2) God has blessed America but America no longer blesses God!

In short, America has told God, “Your principles no longer matter to us. We don’t need

you anymore.”

2 Chronicles 7:14-16

God said the following words to Solomon: 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 I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land. 15  Now my

eyes will be open and my ears attentive to the prayers offered in this place. 16  I have

chosen and blessed this temple so that my Name may be there forever. My eyes and

my heart will always be there.”

2 Chronicles 7:19-20 : “But if you turn away and forsake the decrees and commands I

have given you and go off to serve other gods and worship them, 20  then I will uproot

Israel from my land, which I have given them, and will reject this temple I have

consecrated for my Name. I will make it a byword and an object of ridicule among all

peoples.”

In verse 14, the first word God says to Solomon is the word if… if. The word “if” always

implies a condition.

Who is the condition for? We see the answer in the next two words: my people. When

God says “my people”, He is referring to the people of Israel, God’s chosen people.

In verse 14, God is giving His people, Israel, two conditions to follow:

1) Condition one: If my people will humble themselves and pray…

2) Condition two: if my people will turn from their evil and wicked ways and seek my

face…

God says if you meet these conditions, I promise I will do these three things for you,

Solomon, and for my people.

1) Promise number one: God will hear their prayers.

2) Promise number two: I will forgive you.

3) Promise number three: God will heal their land.

There are costs when a nation selects ungodly leaders:

1) The People Mourn! The Bible says in Proverbs 16:11, “When the righteous

thrive, the people rejoice; when the wicked rule, the people groan.”

2) God doesn't bless dishonesty. The Bible is clear the God never blesses

dishonesty.

This morning I want to give you five characteristics that God looks for in a leader:

1) God wants our leaders to be godly people. God wants leaders who love Him.

2) God wants leaders who are honest!

3) God wants leaders who are sober.

4) God wants moral leaders. The Bible says in Proverbs 31:1-3, “Immorality

destroys a leader”.

5) God wants leaders and pastors to be people of integrity.

Your greatest legacy is your integrity, because it will last from generation to generation.

We see in 2 Chronicles 14 that there is a covenant between God and Israel. But I do

believe we can learn four things from this covenant that will help America:

1) Be a witness.

2) Don’t compromise your convictions and beliefs. Charles Stanley said the

following, “Nations and cultures change, but Biblical principles don’t.”

3) Humble ourselves.

4) Pray!