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If My people, who are called by My name, shall humble themselves, pray, seek, crave, and

require of necessity My face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven,

forgive their sin, and heal their land. 2 Chronicles 7:14 AMP 

 


2 Chronicles, chapter 7, verse 14 is one of my favorite verses in the Bible where the

author has recorded a spiritual revelation given to king Solomon. This passage of scripture

fascinates me as it was not given through a prophet, but rather, it was given directly to King

Solomon, the reigning king of Israel.


2 Chronicles, chapter 7, verse 12 tells us that, “Then the LORD appeared to Solomon at

night and said to him, "I have heard your prayer and have chosen this place for Myself as a house of sacrifice.”.

 



This verse constitutes a target audience, that is, a group of people that this passage of

scripture is addressed too, and with it, a set of conditions that these people must meet. If

the people addressed fulfill the conditions outlined in this passage of scripture, God

promises to bestow upon them certain blessings.

 

Here recorded in 2 Chronicles is one of the most amazing passages of scripture that

contains a formula for rescuing our nations.  This verse is a conditional statement in which

there are four conditions that must be met by God’s people to humble themselves, pray,

seek His face, and turn from their wicked ways. If these conditions are met, there are three

promises that God will bestow on His people: to hear from heaven, forgive their sin, and

heal their land.

 

As a former corporate accountant, this passage of scripture is extremely relatable in that it

is laid out in the Bible in the format of a basic ‘IF, THEN, ELSE’ statement.  Those of you

who are familiar with computing software such as Microsoft Excel, the following formula

may look familiar to you: “IF([Condition],THEN [What to do if the condition is true],ELSE

[What to do if the condition is false])”. The verse in 2 Chronicles is constructed in the same

format, e.g., IF my people meet the outlined conditions, THEN God will bless them; ELSE God will allow them to continue to wallow in the consequences of their own

sins.

 

Verse 13 of 2 Chronicles is key because it helps us place this scripture into its context; "If I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or if I command the locust to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among My people,”.  In short, verse 13 describes a situation where God’s people find themselves under God’s judgment, wherein, God is orchestrating the hardship that the land is experiencing. The Bible records many examples throughout history where God’s people found themselves in situations such as this. In cases like these, it is futile and offensive to God to spend our time warring, binding, and loosing dark spirits when Yeshua Himself has ruled against the land.


Rather, it is of vital importance that we recognize that 2 Chronicles 7:14 contains

a formula that can be used by God’s people to reverse His anger and judgment and

usher in a time of God’s blessing. 


When God’s Elect apply this formula and successfully fulfill the “IF, THEN, ELSE” conditions, our God is faithful to hear, answer and heal our Land.

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Updated: Aug 1, 2022

Spiritual Warfare is not an elective, it’s a fact of life for the Christian.


Rom 13 –instructs us to “Cast off the unfruitful works of darkness, put on the armor of light, walk Honestly, put on the Lord Jesus Christ and do not fulfill the desires and lusts of the flesh”.

Gen 4:7 introduces us to the principles of OPEN DOORS: Gen 4:7 If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin is crouching at the door. Its desire is for you, but you must rule over it."


Open doors gives our adversary full and unhindered right t take advantage of us. The nature of sin is that it is progressive. For most of us, we spend hours binding symptoms, but Jesus taught the “Seed Principle””


Mat 12:24 But when the Pharisees heard it, they


said, This fellow doth not cast out devils, but by Beelzebub the prince of the devils.

Mat 12:25 And Jesus knew their thoughts, and said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand:

Mat 12:26 And if Satan cast out Satan, he is divided against himself; how shall then his kingdom stand?

Mat 12:27 And if I by Beelzebub cast out devils, by whom do your children cast them out? therefore they shall be your judges.

Mat 12:28 But if I cast out devils by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God is come unto you.

Mat 12:29 Or else how can one enter into a strong man's house, and spoil his goods, except he first bind the strong man? and then he will spoil his house.


Mat 12:33 Either make the tree good, and his fruit good; or else make the tree corrupt, and his fruit corrupt: for the tree is known by his fruit.


According to the wisdom of Jesus Christ, the problem is not the fruit…its the root! Until we are able to “lay the axe to the root”, we spend our time and energy picking away at the fruit to only have it reappear.


Dealing with the Strongman

Below is a brief list of strongmen that show up to wreak havoc in our lives and ministries.


FAMILIAR SPIRIT/SPIRIT OF DIVINATION – TIED TO YOUR BIRTH AND GUIDANCE IN LIFE

1. They work together – dispatched at birth

2. Leads people to seek satanic intelligence for guidance in their lives instead of God and His Word

3. Aided by well doers, usually parents that ask questions like “what do you want to be when you grow up?”

4. Breaks the 1st Commandment and invokes God’s Curse to the 3rd and 4th Generation (Ex 20, Ex 24, Jer 32:18


Practices:

DIVINATION (Acts 16:16 and Ez 21:21): Defined…The practice of attempting to foretell future events or discover hidden knowledge by occult or supernatural means.

Symptoms and Fruit: Passive mind states (unable to concentrate), daydreaming, necromancy (consultation of the dead), clairvoyant, yoga, psychic powers, mind altering drug use (including alcohol), transcendental meditation, esp (extra sensory perception). Mimics the power of prophetics. (false prophecy)

FAMILIAR SPIRITS (Lev 20:27 and I Sam 28:7-8): Uses Mechanical props such as tea leaves, tarot cards, palm reading horoscopes, Ouija boards, crystal balls, occult games, levitation, hypnotism, handwriting analysis, biorhythm and biometrics, etc.

These skills are often passed on from one generation to another within a family line (familia)

SPIRIT OF JEALOUSY Numb 5:14 - 30

Root – HATRED, ENVYINGS, COVETOUSNESS, DIVISION, UNMERCIFUL, DEBATE AND STRIFE, FIERCE (HOMOSEXUALS)

Fruit – Murder, revnge (spite), anger-rage) cruelty, extreme competitiveness, contention, always causing division, boasters.

LYING SPIRIT

Root: Untruthful, Whisperers, foolish talking, backbiters, covenant breakers, extortioners.

Fruit: Flattery, Strong deception, accuses-accusations, gossip/backbiting, false teaching, hypocrisy, superstitious (old wives tales), lying and excuses

PERVERSE SPIRIT: Isa 19:14 The LORD hath mingled a perverse spirit in the midst thereof: and they have caused Egypt to err in every work thereof, as a drunken man staggereth in his vomit.

Root: Unholy, homosexual, fornicator effeminate, sodomy, heresies, vain imaginations (including masturbation), Inventors of evil

Fruit: Wounded spirit, hater of God (atheist), filthy mind, rebellion, sex perversions, twisting the word, doctrinal error, repulsive (dirty, filthy, bodily uncleanness)

SPIRIT OF HEAVINESS (IS 61:3) INCLUDING DEPRESSION

ROOT: Bitterness, lack of praise, unthankful

Fruit: Excessive Mourning, sorrow or sadness (grief), self pity, depression, heaviness, suicidal tendencies, inner hurts/bruises, despair, rejection and hopelessness, insomnia yet extreme fatigue, Insanity (Saul)




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Jeremiah was set aside before birth to take a message to the nations, urging a change of heart and turning to the one true God. His message still applies.

Jeremiah, the son of Hilkiah, a Levitical priest, was likely born between 650 and 645 B.C. He was from the small village of Anathoth, about three miles northeast of Jerusalem in the territory of Benjamin (Jeremiah 1:1). It was through Jeremiah’s childhood training for holy service in the priesthood that God began grooming him for his future role.

In the 13th year of King Josiah of Judah (ca. 627 B.C.), God called Jeremiah when he was still a youth, (verse 2). In fact, God had already set Jeremiah apart for the office of a prophet before he was even born, in order to take God’s words to all Israel and to the nations (verse 5).

God gave Jeremiah the overview of his prophetic ministry: “Behold, I have put My words in your mouth. See, I have this day set you over the nations and over the kingdoms, to root out and to pull down, to destroy and to throw down, to build and to plant” (verses 9-10). This meant that God had appointed Jeremiah to proclaim the destruction and building of nations that would eventually lead to the Kingdom of God.

Jeremiah’s life and times

Jeremiah served as one of God’s prophets through the rule of five kings of Judah (Josiah, Jehoahaz, Jehoiakim, Jehoiachin and Zedekiah). He even continued to plead God’s case against Judah during the time of Jerusalem’s destruction by the Babylonians in 586 B.C. (Jeremiah 1:3; 52:7-11).

His prophetic ministry extended over a period of more than 40 years, during which he wrote both Jeremiah and Lamentations. Contemporary prophets during the time of Jeremiah included Zephaniah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Daniel and Ezekiel.

Restoring God’s covenant

Jeremiah grew up in a generation that saw the tearing down of the pagan high places of worship—altars, pillars, images and even some shrines that dated back to King Solomon (2 Kings 23:10-15). At the start of Jeremiah’s prophetic ministry, Judah’s King Josiah was only 21 years old. Josiah had already begun to make major reforms in an effort to bring Judah back to proper religious observance (2 Chronicles 34:3).

Five years later, the long-missing Book of the Law was discovered hidden in the temple in Jerusalem (2 Kings 22:3, 8). Jeremiah devoted himself to preaching “the words of this covenant” to the people in Jerusalem and throughout Judah (Jeremiah 11:1-8). It was in this same year that the Passover, a festival of God that had been neglected (2 Kings 23:22-23), was observed by the nation once again.

Jeremiah’s challenge

God called Jeremiah to his prophetic ministry about one year after King Josiah began leading the nation in a great reform from the widespread idolatry promoted by his father, Amon, and his grandfather, Manasseh (2 Kings 21:10, 20). About a century earlier King Hezekiah had led religious reforms in Judah (2 Kings 18:4), but his son Manasseh promoted the vile practice of child sacrifice and worship of the “queen of heaven” (Jeremiah 7:18; 44:19). This continued into Jeremiah’s time (Jeremiah 7:31; 19:5; 32:35).

It was against this background that Jeremiah was appointed to reveal the sins of the people and the grave consequences of ignoring them. Jeremiah was among those who had hoped for a permanent spiritual revival, but tragedy came when righteous Josiah died suddenly at the young age of 39. The whole nation mourned his death, as did Jeremiah (2 Chronicles 35:25).

Ultimately, Josiah’s reforms would not be enough to preserve Judah and Jerusalem from God’s punishment because the sins of Manasseh had become so deeply embedded (Jeremiah 15:4; 2 Kings 23:26-27). Judgment would now come upon the nation for the sins of the people.

Cause and effect

God told Jeremiah to announce Jerusalem’s coming destruction by invaders from the north (Jeremiah 1:14-15; 4:6; 6:22-23). God’s people had broken their covenant with God (Jeremiah 11:10). They had forsaken God by worshipping the false gods called Baals (Jeremiah 2:8; 7:9; 11:13) and even went as far as building altars to Baal in order to burn their children as offerings (Jeremiah 19:4-5).

Jeremiah exposed some of the persistent sins of the people, including pride and ingratitude toward God’s lovingkindness. Other specific sins he identified included idolatry (Jeremiah 44:1-30); adultery (Jeremiah 5:7-9; 7:9); oppressing the foreigners, orphans and widows (Jeremiah 7:5-6); lying and slander (Jeremiah 9:4-6); and Sabbath-breaking (Jeremiah 17:19-27). (How many of these sins are being repeated in our modern world?)

Jeremiah announced that the effects of sin would be that God would withdraw His blessings (Jeremiah 16:5-10). The nation would now be faced with famine and starvation. Invaders would plunder them; and finally they would be taken captive into a foreign land (Jeremiah 14:12; 15:1-4; 16:4; 19:8-9; 25:8-9).

Jeremiah would witness the fulfillment of God’s warnings of disaster, and he would share in the sorrow and troubles that would follow the destruction of Jerusalem. In fact, very soon after Josiah died—within the 11 years of King Jehoiakim’s short reign—Babylon attacked Judah’s cities repeatedly until the total destruction of Jerusalem and the collapse of the Jewish nation came.

Jeremiah lived in Jerusalem through this terrible time, witnessing its siege and destruction at the hands of the Babylonians (Jeremiah 37:4-5; 38:2, 28; 39:1).

God forbade Jeremiah from taking a wife during his ministry. Apparently, God chose to spare Jeremiah the additional terror and worry he would have faced had he had a wife and children during this time (Jeremiah 16:1-6).

Jeremiah is persecuted

When King Josiah died, Jeremiah’s hardships as a prophet of God increased. His message aroused great hostility and death threats, especially in his native city, Anathoth (Jeremiah 11:21). Even his own relatives conspired against him and betrayed him (Jeremiah 12:6).

His persecution increased in Jerusalem when a priest named Pashhur sought out Jeremiah to have him beaten and put in the stocks at the Upper Gate of Benjamin for a day (Jeremiah 20:1-2). After this, Jeremiah lamented the hardship that had come to him for speaking God’s words. It was difficult to have become a laughingstock to the people and a target of mockery (verse 7).

Later, spiteful men obtained the king’s approval to arrest Jeremiah for prophesying disaster. These men then lowered Jeremiah by ropes into a cistern, and he sank into a layer of mud (Jeremiah 38:1-6). When another court official learned about Jeremiah’s fate, he persuaded the king to let him rescue Jeremiah before he starved to death at the bottom of the cistern (verses 7-13).

Yet Jeremiah knew he had to speak the message God had given him. He wrote how, if he tried to resist speaking what God told him to speak and tried to not even mention God’s name, God’s words became like fire in his heart. He was unable to hold them in (Jeremiah 20:9).

God told Jeremiah that if he would boldly speak His words and not shrink back in fear of the people, He would give him the strength he needed to withstand the persecution. God told him, “I will make you to this people a fortified bronze wall; and they will fight against you, but they shall not prevail against you; for I am with you to save you and deliver you” (Jeremiah 15:20-21).

God’s messages through Jeremiah

The message God sent to the people via His prophet was that the people needed to return to God. Another message was God’s impending judgment upon Judah.

Even though this punishment would surely come, God also gave the encouraging promise of restoration in the future messianic Kingdom (Jeremiah 23:3-8). And before Judah was destroyed, God revealed plans that He would protect the Jewish exiles during their stay in Babylon (Jeremiah 29:5-7) and that He would cause them to return to Judah after 70 years (Jeremiah 25:11-12; 29:10; 33:6-7).

Another encouraging message in this book was God’s willingness to spare and bless the nation if the people would have repented of their sins (Jeremiah 7:5-7; 18:1-11). One of the remarkable principles of God is that even against the backdrop of the punishments He had decreed for Judah, He still offered the people a way to avert His anger:

“The instant I speak concerning a nation and concerning a kingdom, to pluck up, to pull down, and to destroy it, if that nation against whom I have spoken turns from its evil, I will relent of the disaster that I thought to bring upon it” (Jeremiah 18:7-8).

God reminds us that the opposite is also true: “And the instant I speak concerning a nation and concerning a kingdom, to build and to plant it, if it does evil in My sight so that it does not obey My voice, then I will relent concerning the good with which I said I would benefit it” (verses 9-10).

Hope for God’s people

Jeremiah lists several specific hopes to carry God’s people through the time of the Babylonian captivity and beyond:

  • God would bring a remnant back to Judah to rebuild Jerusalem and the temple (Jeremiah 29:10-14;30:2-3).

  • God would raise up a descendant of David to serve God and guide His people—a reference to Jesus Christ’s coming (Jeremiah 23:5-6; 33:14-17).

  • God would bring a remnant back to Israel a second time and would reunite the northern and southern kingdoms of Israel together as a unified people in the Kingdom of God (Jeremiah 3:18;16:14-15; 23:7-8; 30:18-22; 32:36-44; 33:23-26).

  • God would heal the spiritual wounds of His people, restore His covenant with them and build up and plant His people Israel again (Jeremiah 30:12-17; 31:27-28, 31-34; 32:38-41).

A message for us today

God is merciful and long-suffering in dealing with the sins and ignorance of men, but He will not endure their sins forever (Exodus 34:6-7). God sent many messengers to ancient Israel urging the people to turn their hearts back to God before He sent correction (Nehemiah 9:30; Jeremiah 25:4-7). This principle applies to our day as well.

Prior to their captivity, God told the people of Judah: “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart” (Jeremiah 29:11-13).

Jeremiah was often inspired to look beyond the distressing scenes of the present to the hope of a glorious future when God’s people would return from the land of the enemy back to their homeland (Jeremiah 31:12). The final fulfillment will come when Jesus Christ returns to establish the Kingdom of God.

Dual roles

Prophets of God often performed a dual role. One was to warn a wicked nation of God’s judgments while powerfully calling on them to repent and turn from their sins. And the other was to build up and encourage the faithful of that time as well as us today to remain steadfast in living godly lives and to stay close to God in order to weather the increase in wickedness.

Such will be the conditions in the world before Christ’s return (Matthew 24:11-12). God’s servants must boldly preach a message of warning and repentance to the nations (Matthew 24:14; Mark 16:15-16) and also a message of comfort and hope to those who fear God and do His will (Romans 2:7-8; James 5:7-8, 11).

This message is called the gospel of the Kingdom, and we need to understand it and respond.

Jeremiah’s message fell largely on deaf ears. Few responded. Those few who did preserved their own lives and those of their loved ones.

Now, the question is: How will you respond?

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