Summary: If your land is sick, then you should consider the information found in this sermon to help the healing process.
Is Your Land Sick?
Heal your land
II Chronicles 7: 14-16 (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. 15 Now mine eyes shall be open, and mine ears attent unto the prayer that is made in this place. 16 For now have I chosen and sanctified this house, that my name may be there for ever: and mine eyes and mine heart shall be there perpetually.
Let’s replace the conventional use of the word land and use it to mean any place where the seed is planted
Many of us are wondering we are not reaping the harvest from our labor
This is exactly why we are not reaping a marvelous harvest from our labor and it is because our land is sick
Sick - Affected with madness or insanity (word web)
If we were to take an honest look at ourselves today and search our heart and find out how many of us are mad at each other or even driven to the point of insanity with each other
Insanity - Relatively permanent disorder of the mind (word web)
Often when I look at the word insanity I think of a person who does not have the ability to think clearly but in reality an insane person is a person who does not place things in order. In other words we are considering our problems before we consider God. We are placing our need for deliverance in front of the one who can truly deliver us from our situation.
It is interesting that God, the one who has the power to heal the land has identified the people of the land in need of deliverance as “His” people
In other words the people that are suffering from a sick land have all the rights and privileges to enjoy a good and healthy land but something is hindering them from doing this
The writer names four things that are hindering his people from receiving a healthy land:
1. They are not humble
Word web defines humble as: Cause to be unpretentious
In other since the people showed a lack of affection toward God, it was in turn hindering their ability of hearing from God
2. They are not praying
There are so many leaders and people of the church who say that they pray but in reality it has been a long time since they have truly spent one on one quality time with God
3. They are not seeking the face of the healer
This should remind us of many of us today. We want to be healed and delivered but we fail to seek the face of the one that can truly and permanently heal us. This is exactly what these people of God are doing right now they are looking for healing in all of the wrong places
4. The are currently engaged in evil ways
Not only are we not humble, failing to pray and looking for healing in all of the wrong places but we are also going as far as to stay engaged in our evil ways thinking that somehow we still have an opportunity to hear from God
These people were not only sinning because God knows that man is condemned to sin but they had turned to sin
The faces were to the sin and not God. We absolutely must turn our faces back to God right now saints. He knows that we need him if only we where to turn and depend on Him he could show us His goodness and mercy
When we really consider all things we should be able to quickly realize that what God was asking the people for was very much within their capabilities to give Him
Earlier in this chapter of scripture Solomon had made a very large sacrifice (II Chronicles 7:5 And king Solomon offered a sacrifice of twenty and two thousand oxen, and an hundred and twenty thousand sheep: so the king and all the people dedicated the house of God.) to God in an effort to hear from Him and have their prayer answered
It would be easy to get caught up in the concept that the more we give the more God will hear from us but this is not always true
Although giving is extremely instrumental in our attempt to walk with God this may not be what God is looking for from us to be a blessing.
Imagine how much more we could be able to give if our land was healed and producing at a level where God was truly blessing it.
Our tithes and offerings would greatly increase along with our faith and obedience