“IS THERE ANY HOPE FOR AMERICA?”
II Chronicles 7:12-22; 36:9-21
Psalm 127:1 – “Except the LORD build the house, they labor in vain that build it.”
Proverbs 14:34 – “Righteousness exalteth a nation; but sin is a reproach to any people.”
Proverbs 29:2 – “When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice; but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn.”
Isaiah 60:12 – “For the nation and kingdom that will not serve Thee shall perish; yea, those nations shall be utterly wasted.”
Zephaniah 1:2 – “I will utterly consume all things from off the land, saith the LORD.” 1:6 – “And them that are turned back from the LORD; and those that have not sought the LORD, nor inquired for Him.”
Nahum 1:3 – “The LORD is slow to anger, and great in power, and will not at all acquit the wicked”
Obadiah 3-4 – “The pride of thine heart hath deceived thee, thou that dwellest in the clefts of the rock, whose habitation is high; that saith in his heart, Who shall bring me down to the ground? Though thou exalt thyself as the eagle, and though thou set thy nest among the stars, thence will I bring thee own, saith the LORD.”
THE REASONS WHY GOD BROUGHT HIS JUDGMENT UPON THE NATION OF ISRAEL: II Chronicles 7:19-22; 36:12-16
FORGETTING the LORD! – II Chronicles 36:11-13
cf. Deuteronomy 8:2, 11, 19; Jeremiah 3:21
(Lack of true WORSHIP!)
FOLLOWING false beliefs and sinful practices! – II Chronicles 36:14
cf. Leviticus 18:29-30; II Kings 17:7-12; II Chronicles 7:19-22
(Lack of FAITH!)
FORSAKING the commandments of God! – II Chronicles 7:19 – cf. II Kings 17:13-14; Proverbs 29:18
(Lack of OBEDIENCE!)
FIGHTING against the Lord Himself! – II Chronicles 36:12-13
(Lack of SUBMISSION and HUMILITY!)
FINDING temporary satisfaction in immoral practices! – II Chronicles 7:14
(Lack of moral PURITY!)
FAILING to respond to God’s warnings! – II Chronicles 36:15-16
(Lack of REPENTANCE!)
IS THERE ANY HOPE FOR AMERICA?
THE RESPONSE THAT MUST BE GIVEN TO THE LORD! – II Chronicles 7:14
SUBMIT to God –“humble themselves” – cf. James 4:7-10
The problem is PRIDE in one’s ability to function without God and His help!
SPEND time in prayer – “pray” – The problem is PRIORITIES – other things
seem more important or needful at the moment!
SEEK the Lord and His will – “seek My face” – The problem is PLANNING our lives without God in mind – trying to operate without Him and His wisdom!
SEPARATE from sinful practices – “turn from their wicked ways”
The problem is PLEASURES of sin that we refuse to give up – that have been tolerated and accepted for so long now!
THE REWARD THAT GOD WILL BRING!
He will HEAR from heaven! – Isaiah 59:1-2
He will FORGIVE our sin! – Psalm 86:5; 130:1-5
He will HEAL our land!
GOD BLESS AMERICA!