Summary: Sermon based on 2 Chronicles 7:14 - God’s people who are called by His name, humbling themselves, seeking His face, and turning from their wicked ways.
Read: 2 Chronicles 7:14
I. If We Are God’s People.
That means that every person in this room this morning, every person in Hellesdon, every person in Norwich, every person in England, every person in Europe, every person in the world, is, is a creation of God.
1. The population of the world continues to increase, and is now over 4 billion people.
2. However, not all are God’s people in the spiritual sense, because many hate God, others reject Him, and still others simply ignore Him.
3. Only those who have been born again have a relationship with God, the same relationship as a child to his father.
Read: John 8:39-45
1. Jesus was addressing a group of Jews who claimed a special kinship with God.
2. Yet they hated Christ and sought to kill Him.
3. Jesus told them “If God were your Father, ye would love me...”
There is a vast difference between the true people of God and other people.
1. God’s people have trusted in Someone other than themselves.
2. God’s people seek His glory rather than their own.
3. God’s people are serving God and not Satan.
a. There is no neutral ground.
b. Jesus said, “He that is not with me is against me.”
c. If we are not serving Him, then we are against Him! Strong words when we realise that means we are anti-Christ!
4. God’s people are headed in a different direction.
a. All men come into this world the same way.
b. All come to the point of making a decision whether to follow Christ or go their own way.
c. Proverbs 14:12, “There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.”
II. If We Are Called By His Name.
A. If we are called by his name, then we are called Christians.
1. This was a name given to insult the believers in Antioch. Acts 11:26
2. The name was given to them in scorn.
3. Now this is the brightest badge that anyone can wear.
4. It means to be Christ-like.
B. However, we must strive live up to that name.
1. Alexander the Great found that one of his soldiers that carried the name of Alexander had proven to be a coward.
2. He called the man to appear before him and instructed him to either live up to the name or change it!
3. If we bear the name of Christ, the world expects more of us!
4. Others may go certain places and do certain things and the world pays no attention to them, but if we carry the name of Christ...
5. We must be careful how we live, how we act, what we say, and where we go!
III. If We Are God’s People, Called By His Name, Then Here Is What We Must Do!
A. First, we are to humble ourselves.
1. This isn’t easy for the average person.
2. We are a proud and boastful people.
3. Our technology is far advanced, our standard of living is the highest, and our luxuries are out of this world.
4. To humble ourselves means not only to confess our sins to God, but also to admit that there is nothing good within us and that we can do no - thing without Him.
5. Jesus said in Luke 14, Verse 11, “He that humbleth himself shall be exalted.”
6. Oh how we need to humble ourselves before God and seek His blessing upon us!
B. Next, we’ve got to pray.
1. God still answers prayer!
2. Many of God’s people are back- slidden and out of touch with God.
3. Prayer means:
a. An approach to God.
b. An appeal to God.
c. An expectation from God.
d. An appropriation from God.
4. What should we pray?
a. We should pray that God would reveal to us our need for Him.
b. That God would reveal to us our sins against Him.
c. That God would forgive us and cleanse us.
C. Next, we must seek God’s face.
1. The only thing that hides the face of God from us is sin.
2. In Isaiah 45 Verse 22 it says “God calls to those who are without Christ to “Look unto me, and be saved..”
3. As we behold the face of God we see One who is powerful enough to supply every need.
4. If we want God’s blessings upon us we must look away from everything else and seek His face!
5. We can’t look into the Lord’s face and not be changed.
6. What is it that is keeping us from looking into the face of God today?
D. Finally, and most importantly, we must turn from our wicked ways.