Jeremiah 29:11 “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.”
Because of trouble in their life, many people think that God is harsh, or out to get them. Others wonder why it is that life is hard, and conclude that either there is no God, or that He does not care. Of course, neither view is correct.
To the unsaved world, Satan is glad to get them to think wrong thoughts toward God. He knows that wrong thinking can keep people from turning toward Him – which is just what he wants. The truth is that “For God so loved the world, that he gave His only begotten Son.” That is certainly more love than any of us can imagine or understand.
During an occasion when God had to deal hard with Israel because of their sin, God told them that He did not want to hurt them. Instead, all His thoughts were toward them for good, as the verse above states, but a lack of repentance called for stronger measures.
As believers, we also may wonder why times can be hard. Sometimes, it may seem like we do not get the breaks we think we ought to get, or answers to our prayers seem long in coming.
This verse reveals the truth of God’s attitude toward His children. He always loves you, and never ceases to do so. He does have an overriding purpose, however, and that is that He aims to conform His children to be like His Son Jesus Christ (Romans 8:29).
Knowing now that He loves you with a constant love, can you thank Him for the things He permits to enter your life? He loves you, and the closer you draw toward Him, the more you will experience His peace and love. Does such love help you to trust Him more and serve Him better? The “expected end” refers to the blessings in life we expect to get from serving God. The truth is, though, that He will give us much more than we could ever ask or think – but we do have to wait for it a little while.
I have been talking much about revival lately. I have showed how to get it, but have not yet revealed what blessings may be expected from it.
The blessings I want to talk about are those that a nation can enjoy when it, as a whole, is right with God. The Scripture that I will use come mostly from the Old Testament, since God was primarily dealing with Israel as a nation at the time.
If you are wondering what revival is, according to the Bible, let me define it this way: It means to come to a place where you choose to stop serving self and sin and are sorry for it, and start serving God (repent) with all your being and energy, and you do it according to the Bible. Revival is for true believers in Christ.
We have been seeing a lot of trouble in our nation recently. Starting with the shooting of the policemen in Dallas, there have also been a lockdown at the Capitol, robberies, riots, wild fires, drought, drugs, and more problems. There is no doubt that America is in trouble and needs healing.
A great revival verse I mentioned in an earlier post, II Chronicles 7:14, tells us that if we (Christians) will follow the steps mentioned in that verse, that Almighty God can change the nation. This is the blessing America needs now! When Christians are tired of being lackadaisical, sinful, and in general – uncaring – and they repent of those things, God promises: “then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” Christian, did you see it – He will heal our land!
Here are some of other promised blessings that can proceed from revival that a believer serving God might expect:
A Long Life
Currently, our nation is seeing more deaths than ever. This is clearly because people are getting away from God. Death is increasing on our highways, because of drugs, disease, guns, and more. But notice the last phrase in this verse:
Deuteronomy 6:2 “That thou mightest fear the LORD thy God, to keep all his statutes and his commandments, which I command thee, thou, and thy son, and thy son’s son, all the days of thy life; and that thy days may be prolonged.”
A Blessed Life
Many people in America are realizing that things just are not as good as they used to be. Most people now have to lock their doors at night (with several locks!), their cars, and even be careful how they use credit cards online and at ATMS, etc. It is more stressful, there are more problems, and many people – including Christians – do not experience much joy anymore. Our current political candidates don’t seem to help us expect better days, either. When there is revival, God said things will be better.
Deut. 6:3 “Hear therefore, O Israel, and observe to do it; that it may be well with thee…”
Grow in Might
Developing into a powerful nation was one of God’s promised blessings if that nation would serve Him. America, though technologically advanced, has actually diminished in strength, in terms of the numbers of soldiers at home and abroad. Other nations mock us because of perceived weakness. Americans used to be able to hold their heads high as they traveled abroad. It isn’t so today. Notice this promised blessing:
Deut. 6:3 “…and that ye may increase mightily, as the LORD God of thy fathers hath promised thee…”
Deut. 6:3 “…in the land that floweth with milk and honey.”
One of the great benefits was that God promised an abundance of crops and goods to the nation that served Him correctly. America certainly once knew of those kinds of blessings. Yes, some of the blessings are still there – for now – but not like they used to be. In the news we read of many people, including school children, going hungry. Of course, some problems are caused by sin and misuse of money, and food prices are high, too. Then there are recalls because food is or may be contaminated. Besides that, much that is called “food” these days isn’t even healthy to eat! Companies just want to make money, so they take shortcuts.
People live in fear today. Fear that they might be harmed when going to work, at work, or when going to the store, such as WalMart nad other large stores. A lot of crazy things have been happening. This kind of fear did not exist in many communities until just recently – but it is there now! When God’s people get right and mean business about serving Him, He can bring the good back into our neighborhoods and places of work, and in our homes! He is able. Read what He promised:
Deuteronomy 6:24 “And the LORD commanded us to do all these statutes, to fear the LORD our God, for our good always, that he might preserve us alive, as it is at this day.”
Christian friend, I invite you to get serious with God. Start praying for yourself, for others around you to be saved and get right. Be faithful to a Bible-preaching church, read the Bible, and tell others about Him. The time is short.
Will you be part of those who will help bring revival to America?
Evangelist Mike Valles
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