"IF MY PEOPLE..."
2 Chronicles 7:14King James Version (KJV)
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.
The writer of the 2 books of the Chronicles was the Prophet Ezra. It is believed the book was originally written as ONE book and divided by translators into two separate books. It begins with genealogies from Adam to David and through David's reign over Israel. The second book (2 Chronicles) begins with Solomon's reign and ends with the reign of Zedekiah over Judah and the captivity into Babylon.
Chapter 7 begins with the dedication of Solomon's Temple and the acceptance of the burnt offerings by God thus bringing the end to it's completion which was first began in his father David. It was after this that the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream and said to him (v12) "I have heard your prayers and have CHOSEN THIS PLACE for MYSELF..."
In the midst of Israel in the city of Jerusalem (house of peace) He (God) chose to build a place of Worship. A place of gathering of HIS PEOPLE, and a place of sacrifice! The significance of "THIS PLACE" for HIMSELF was for HIS PEOPLE as well. IF MY PEOPLE is the first step in seeing the promise of the healing of their (our) land. America needs a healing. Don't you agree?
CALLED BY MY NAME...
"...which are called by MY NAME.. indicates an identity. We (HIS PEOPLE) must be identified. Now by our good works. Not by our deeds. Not by our talent. Not by our religious sect or denomination. Not by our wealth but by His Name! What is HIS name? Now I have opened a can of worms. It depends on who you ask. If you are a "Oneness Pentecostal" you would say JESUS. If you ask a "Trinitarian" you would probable say since this scripture is in the Old Testament God or the Father. If Jewish you would say Jehovah, or Yahweh. When Moses ask His name before the burning bush God answered him as "I AM." He is the I AM. When Jesus came as the Son of God he spoke to the Pharisees and told them "before Abraham I AM.
Now consider this: There are three times that God sent a deliverer to HIS PEOPLE who were in captivity. Israel had been captive in Egypt and Moses was sent (with Aaron) as their deliverer. He spoke to the Children of Israel and told them the "I AM" had sent him. Jesus came at 4BC and Mary was told to call his name Jesus (Greek) or Yahushua (Joshua) which means "savior".
(Note:Christians today use the Greek name of JESUS which began some 500 years ago.
Prior to that time he was referred to as Yeshua which was his Hebrew name.)
I grew up in church and the denomination I was a part of put ALL the emphasis on the "Name" of JESUS. They are referred to as "Jesus Only". Man was it a debate. So much about the "name" and not about the "man". So the saving Name of our deliverer is J E S U S! Oh I almost forgot! When Paul asked the name of the one that knocked him off his horse the answer was "I AM JESUS (or Yeshua) whom you persecute."
When John wrote in Revelation 19 who it was coming back on a white horse there was a vesture upon him and it was written in blood "THE WORD OF GOD!" So if Jesus is coming back He is coming back not as the "Father" nor as Jesus" the Son but as THE WORD! Let's put it all together now:
I AM JESUS THE WORD OF GOD"
WE HAVE NOW IDENTIFIED the first 2 things we must do of the 6 mentioned I this scripture to see our land (America) healed! We must first be HIS PEOPLE and be called BY HIS NAME! As our deliverer he IS THE WORD! (Read John 1:1-3, 14) JESUS IS THE MANIFESTED WORD OF GOD!
To be "MAN"ifested means simply "God in Man". God wants to be manifested again in MAN. You and I must become the manifestation of Him again in the flesh. The WORD became flesh that the "flesh" might become WORD. He said "greater works than these shall you do than this because you are many". The body of Christ (anointed ones) must stand as ONE BODY. Undivided. In one mind. In one accord. truly in "ONENESS". In harmony with the Holy spirit and most of all "IN LOVE!"
TO BE CONTINUED
Let's get it right PEOPLE!
God Bless You