2 Chronicles 7:13-15 ESV
“When I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or command the locust to devour the land, or send pestilence among my people, if my people who are called by my name 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. Now my eyes will be open and my ears attentive to the prayer that is made in this place.”
The Lord does bring judgments on the earth, and he does visit his people with trials and tribulations to try our faith. But these trials are for our good, and so we are to learn from them what the Lord wants to teach us. For if we go through the trial but miss the lesson, then we have failed to receive from the Lord what he intended by our trials. For there is a lesson to be learned through every trial he allows to come our way.
Now it could be that our lives have gotten off target, and that we are not following the Lord as we should in wholehearted devotion to him, and so he sends trials our way to get us to refocus our attention on him and to remove from our lives those distractions which are keeping us from obeying our Lord fully. And so if he points this out to us, then we need to repent and turn away from every hindrance to our walks of faith in Jesus Christ.
Or it could be you have fallen back into a sin which clings so closely and so you need to cast off that sin and turn away from it, and now follow Jesus in wholehearted devotion to him and in surrender to his will for your life. Perhaps this is because you got lazy, and you let down your guard, and so you let the devil get a foothold in your life again. So you need to repent and turn back to the Lord and cease walking in sin.
Sometimes pride has gotten in the way, and so the Lord uses these trials and tribulations to humble us, and to get us to look to him and not to ourselves. And so we need to call on him in humility and in prayer, seeking his face, seeking to know his will so that we can obey his commands. And if we have sinned against him in some way, we are to turn from that sin and now continue in following the Lord Jesus wherever he leads us.
And the Lord will forgive our sins when we repent of them and we turn away from them and we do not continue in them but we walk in the light of truth and righteousness, living holy lives, pleasing to him (1 John 1:5-10). And where we have forgiveness of sin we also have the hope of eternal life with the Lord, provided we continue in him steadfast in faith unto the end, and we continue to walk in obedience to his commands and we don’t return to walking in sin and not in righteousness.
[Matt 7:21-23; Matt 24:9-14; Lu 9:23-26; Rom 1:18-32; Rom 2:6-8; Rom 6:1-23; Rom 8:1-14,24; Rom 12:1-2; Rom 13:11; 1 Co 6:9-10,19-20; 2 Co 5:10,15,21; 1 Co 1:18; 1 Co 15:1-2; 2 Tim 1:8-9; Heb 9:28; 1 Pet 1:5; Gal 5:16-21; Gal 6:7-8; Eph 2:8-10; Eph 4:17-32; Eph 5:3-6; Col 1:21-23; Col 3:5-17; 1 Pet 2:24; Tit 2:11-14; 1 Jn 1:5-9; 1 Jn 2:3-6,24-25; 1 Jn 3:4-10; Heb 3:6,14-15; Heb 10:23-31; Heb 12:1-2; Rev 21:8,27; Rev 22:14-15]
Jesus, Rescue Me
An Original Work / September 18, 2011
Based off of Romans 7:7-8:39
Jesus, rescue me today.
Listen while I bow and pray.
I need Your help to obey You;
Live for You always.
Meet me in my hour of need, Lord,
As I pray to You.
Help me walk in fellowship, Lord,
Living in Your truth.
Jesus, how I long for You to
Change my heart anew.
Father, God, my heart’s desire
Is to live for You this hour
In Your Holy Spirit’s power
Living in me now.
Teach me to walk in Your love, Lord,
Guiding me each day.
Help me to show love and kindness
To the lost, I pray.
Father, teach me to love others
As You love always.
Holy Spirit come in pow’r.
Revive our hearts in this hour.
Change our hearts to be like You, Lord;
Live for You each day.
Help us to forsake our sins, Lord,
As we humbly pray.
Teach us how to live for You, Lord,
Obey You always.
Holy Spirit come in power,
Revive us today.
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