2 Chronicles 7:14
If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, AND TURN FROM THEIR WICKED WAYS, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.

Turning away from our wicked ways is the final step in eliciting God’s favourable response toward us both personally and collectively. Beloved, being God’s own people does not exempt us from confessing our sins (1 John 1:9). In fact, our special relationship with God through Christ must make us loathe sin even more.

Repenting from our wicked ways speaks of a radical, decisive and ruthless abhorrence of every form of sin in our hearts and lives. It is totally different from justifying our errors, tolerating our weaknesses and sugar-coating our transgressions.

Beloved, when we the saints of God procrastinate repentance from our iniquities, we delay the healing of our land. The Church’s tolerance of evil among the rank and file of its members costs our whole nation, says the word of the Lord!

Indeed, God raises prophets that rebuke the wicked ways of our civic and political leaders. But He also demands that His people play their part. Could it be that our slow repentance is delaying our national healing? Could it be that the way we abuse one another, lie all the time, envy, cheat and betray our brethren and accommodate all sorts of evil in our hearts and lives is partly responsible for our national woes?

Let’s face it–our problem is not just in the palace; it’s also in the pulpit and in the pews. It’s not just in the corridors of power; it’s also in my house and my heart. Lord have mercy!

Let us confess our sins, knowing that He is faithful and just to forgive and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. Then He will hear from heaven, forgive our sin and heal our land. That’s His promise!

Pastor Josh