This verse contains a challenge and a wonderful promise. God speaks
directly to his people, not the gentiles but to the believers. "If my people return
to me and humble themselves, they will receive forgiveness of sin." God sees the sin
and if people repent of their sin, God will heal their land. This text is an inspiration
to every believer. The challenge is that the world is in our hands. If we repent and get
right with God, our land will be healed and restored. We are not to point to the sin of
other people but to ourselves and if we repent the Lord will heal our land. God requires
that we humble ourselves. This word was said to Solomon where God said, "If my people
will humble themselves and turn from their wicked ways, I will heal the land." Things
can be turned around if people have an ear to hear what God says.
When you gossip about someone you kill that person. You should
rather go to that person and try and help them. Otherwise, you have used the poison from
your tongue to kill them. The Lord says if a person humbles himself and returns to Him, He
will forgive that person. Instead of finding fault with others rather say, "Lord
expose the sin in my heart." If you do that, the Lord will work in
other peoples hearts and will send rain on the dry earth. If you want to help other
people, you must get your own life right with God even if it is an old
sin get it right with Him now.
We have a great responsibility towards others. Other people are
living in sin because we havent repented of our own sin. If you
want other people to come to faith and if you are right with God, God will then touch
others. If the wicked go into destruction, it is because you dont deal with your own
sin. We say satan is powerful, but we give him power because of our evil ways.
In Col 2:15 it says that Jesus exposed Satan to open shame and He
removed his weapons from him. We dont understand the symbolism behind this but the
people of that era understood perfectly. The Romans ruled the known world. If there was a
rebellion in some distant part of the empire against the government, Caesar would send men
to quash the rebellion. They would then remove the leaders weapons, strip him and
tie him to the chariot and then drag him all the way back to Rome. He was exposed to open
shame. Two horsemen would ride ahead to tell Caesar that the enemy was defeated. They
would burn incense symbolizing victory. Then the chariots would arrive and they would drag
the rebel leader to the city square and tie him to a pillar. Everyone could come and stare
at this man who dared to go against the government. People would throw rotten tomatoes at
his face and contempt was poured on him. In like manner, Jesus conquered Satan and removed
his weapons. This is the imagery Paul refers to. Satan has no power except the power you
give him through your sin which you do not repent of.
In Sodom and Gomorrah all manner of perversion was rampant (also
homosexuality and lesbianism). Three angels went to Abraham and told him that the cities
would be utterly annihilated. Abraham said, "Would you destroy Sodom and Gomorrah if
there were 50 righteous people?" and God said, "No." Abraham then asked
that if there were 40, and then 30 or 20 righteous people, would God destroy the cities?
God answered, "Even if there are 10 righteous people I will not destroy it."
Abraham thought surely there were 10 righteous people. When the angels went there, they
couldnt even find 5. It was only Lot and his two daughters. The land can be
destroyed or saved through you if you are right with the Lord. Children of God, what does
God require of you? Ask God to show you what you have done from your childhood till today.
Forget the sins of other people and deal with your own sin before the Lord.
We Christians are hard. It is so difficult to say we have sinned.
This is why God will not send revival if people are still living in their sins. Then we
will never reach the goal. It is Gods command that we examine ourselves and part
from our sins. Dont say it is too difficult.
Remember the young man from the UK who loved rearing beautiful
birds. He found some very beautiful birds and he wondered how to get hold of them. They
were nesting half way down a cliff. It was very high about 200 to 300 metres high.
So he got a rope and let himself down to get some eggs. When he was half way down, he
noticed that the birds had their young inside the cliff and so he thought he would swing
himself towards the cliff. As he swung and landed on a ledge, he lost hold of the rope.
Then he noticed that with every swing the momentum of the rope was getting less. He
decided to leap before the swinging rope was too far for him to catch. With the next
swing, he caught the rope and tied it around himself so that he wouldnt slip out of
it. He said that as he climbed up to the top again that he forgot about those birds
forever. He never attempted to go to those birds again. Do you understand that? God throws
out the rope to us in the form of the Lord Jesus Christ. He alone can rescue you. Bind Him
to yourself. He says, "I will forgive your sins. I will open my eyes towards you and
I will hear your prayers." Even if you were intending to do evil, repent of it
You know what those beautiful birds symbolize in your life. God
throws out the rope to you. Catch it now.