Updated: Apr 11, 2020
“Actually, I just woke up one day and decided I didn’t want to feel like that anymore, or ever again. So I changed. Just like that.”
Has anyone else feel like they have seasons of drifting away from God? I mean, it’s not like you intentionally leave Gods presence, but things just get in the way of your relationship with Him? Maybe school? Maybe work? Maybe a new relationship? A child? A new friendship or class you signed up for? Maybe social, political or economic issues? Maybe you, yourself, get in the way?
I found myself here in this place. Honestly, one day I woke up very disgusted at how I have been living my life. I believe the Holy Spirit was waking me up from the funk I was living in. I mean, I wasn’t living rebellious, I was just living my life without acknowledging God in it. Let me take that back: I acknowledged Him throughout the day, but just in bits and pieces – said short prayers telling Him what I needed and wanted and what was burdening me. I thanked Him in the mornings – sometimes. But for the most part I lived each day at best how I could manage situations as they surfaces. Changes. Difficulties. Hurts. Joys. It was just like robotic moves everyday trying to manage everything on my plate.
So I woke up one day and decided to change.
On social media, I posted this same verse as a saving grace battling the fight against racial injustice. I was praying, and hoping God would heal our land, if people would turn their hearts back to God. But little did I know this same verse could, and eventually would, minister to me personally. In a world that is in a war against its people, I was in a war trying to get back to God, and His presence.
“If my people, who belong to me, humble themselves, pray, seek to please me, and repudiate their sinful practices, then I will respond from heaven, forgive their sin, and heal their land.”
Yes, these were specific instructions, and I would like to share the revelation God made clear to me through His Word:
Humble yourself – Only a true humble person can find fault in themselves – that’s one of the fruits the Holy Spirit gives us. Humble people can hold a mirror to themselves and see the areas that are flawed and want to do something about it. They don’t find fault in others for their actions, but totally take responsibility for ugly areas of their life they need to change. You have to have humility in order for a real change.
Pray to God – Probably one of the hardest things to do because we don’t have time to talk to God. Just those drive by prayers (as I was doing) and not truly reverencing who He is! Prayer is your communication with the Lord. It develops relationship with God. It helps with daily instruction. But most of all it changes so much. I told my husband the other day about how I first learned to pray. It was through a teen bible, and an insert showed me an acronym on how to pray. P – giving God praise! R – repenting of your sins. A – ask for anyone. Y – then yourself.
Seek to please God – this goes without explanation, WWJD? No seriously, what would Jesus do? In your situation how would Jesus respond or react? Maybe find ways to please God in your serving – Are the ways you treat others pleasing to God? Is the way you work pleasing to God? The way you carry yourself pleasing to God? The way you think pleasing to God? Or maybe spend a little more time with Him than you have been each and every day. I’m sure that would be pleasing to Him as well.
Repudiate your sins – I love how this version puts it: repudiate. Repudiate means to reject, renounce, abandon, give up, disown, cast off, lay aside. Repenting is just not confession – it is confession with action. And only those who truly repent, find ways to abandon their sins so they will sin no more. On the contrary we find ways to confess our sin, and sin again. But true repentance comes with the desire of putting away your sins for good (or at least try to).
There is a way out of the hell, chaos or trouble that we face. God tells us what we must do through His Word. There is a promise attached to our obedience, as you can see God said, “If” followed by “then I will heal your land“. I ask, what land do you need God to heal? Yeah, it could mean physical land, but you can make it personal in every situation you face. Your relationships? Your body? Your finances? Your mind? Your job? Your home? Your business? Your family?
Be blessed to know that sometimes the answer is in your doing – God is waiting.