THE BIG WORD: “IF”

Now, let’s look at what God has laid out as a road map for obtaining an open heaven and seeing revival:

2 Chronicles 7:14 – KJV – 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.

This verse starts out with a BIG word: IF. Right now, this is what is standing in the way of revival. There seems to be a thinking that we do not have to do anything in this age of grace. We feel God is just going to pour favor on us and we can continue living as we have always lived. But revival is a very conditional process. If it were not, God would not have put the IF in there. He gives us a choice: IF you do this, you will see revival. IF NOT, you will not see it.

The first thing we must do IF we are to see revival is to humble ourselves. Now, take note. This is something we are to do ourselves. When God humbles you, it is not a fun process.

King Nebuchadnezzar found this out the hard way in at the end of Daniel chapter 4. You can read the story for yourself how he was walking in pride and God drove him mad for a season. He ate grass like a beast and his hair and nails grew long. Here is his conclusion at the end of this lesson:

Daniel 4:37 – KJV – Now I Nebuchadnezzar praise and extol and honour  the King of heaven, all whose works are truth, and his ways judgment: and those that walk in pride he is able to abase.

So, a much better path is to humble ourselves. Here is the New Testament version:

Matthew 23:12 – KJV – And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted.

Here is why a humble heart is mandatory for revival:

James 4:6 – KJV – But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.

It is not an absence of God when you are proud, He is resisting you. He will withhold blessing when you are not of a humble heart.

Here is more humbling scriptures:

Joel 2:12 – 13 KJV – Therefore also now, saith the LORD, turn ye even to me with all your heart, and with fasting, and with weeping, and with mourning:  And rend your heart, and not your garments, and turn unto the LORD your God: for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repenteth him of the evil.

It will do us all good to do a study on becoming humble.  Thursday we will look at the next component to opening the heavens: Prayer.

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