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Reversing the Curse On Our Land

I was impressed again this morning - as I read about King Josiah in 2 Kings 22 and 23.   Josiah was unique amongst all the kings, whether before him - or after him. (2 Kings 23:25).  And God saw his heart, and recognized his uniqueness, and was pleased.  Why? What did Josiah do?   How can we please the Lord with our own lives?

 I don't know about you, but as for me - I KNOW I want to please the Lord.  So I write this... and I ask you to consider what can you do - how can you be  - that you also might please the Lord with your lives.

 

 Josiah became king when he was 8 years old.  at the age of 26, he was told that the high priest, Hilkiah, had discovered the Book of the Law in the Lord's Temple. (2 Kings 22:8)  So Josiah had the scroll read to him. He saw that there were laws written in the scroll which had been forgotten and ignored, and disobeyed for many many years.  This disturbed him very much.  Then he cried tears of repentance and despair as he wept before the Lord.

Next, Josiah sought the Lord - and asked the Lord "about the words written in this scroll that has been found."  He knew that the Lord's anger was burning against the nation of Israel and Judah, because their ancestors - and themselves, were not obeying the Lord.

And the Lord responded - the Lord said that His anger WAS burning against the nation, and thus the land and the people were cursed for destruction and desolation.  But the Lord also said that because Josiah was sorry and humbled himself before the Lord when he heard what was written in the scroll, and Josiah REPENTED FOR THE PEOPLE, weeping before the Lord on their behalf - because of that the Lord would not send the promised disaster until Josiah had died. 

Point 1 - So we see here - Josiah truly grieved in his heart for the people - and interceded on their behalf, and even repented to the Lord on their behalf.  How can you grieve, intercede, and repent, whether for your own life, or for the lives of others?

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Next, in chap. 23, 1 - 3, Josiah led the people to renew their covenant with God.  Josiah gathered all the leaders and all the people - from the least to the greatest.   And he read the Book of the Covenant to them.  Then HE RENEWED THE COVENANT.  "He pledged to obey the Lord by keeping all His commands, regulations, and laws with ALL HIS HEART AND SOUL."   He did not do this half-heartedly.  He did not just "go through the motions" because it was Sunday morning at church. And then go home and watch some perverted television program that afternoon.  No, he did it with ALL HIS HEART AND SOUL.

Point 2 - Josiah renewed the covenant with the Lord and led the people to do so, too.  How might you renew your covenant with our God - AND - encourage those around you to do the same?

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 Then King Josiah went on a purging campaign.  He started first in the Lord's temple, then went throughout the land.  He removed everything used for idol worship.  He destroyed them all, even the utensils used for the idol worship.  He burned them, pounded the stones into rubble, and even desecrated the places, so they would never be used that way again. Plus, he EXECUTED THE PRIESTS OF THE PAGAN SHRINES.

Point 3 - Josiah took further responsbility and took action to make things right.  He did not do this half-heartedly. He did not leave the priests to live, nor to live amongst them, nor to continue in their idolatrous ways because "It's a free world".  What can you do to make things right?

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I know this is a radical word, but our God IS A RADICAL GOD.  He is looking for a radical people.  A people who will seek and follow and obey Him with all their hearts, souls, and strength.  That is how I want to be.  How about you?

Yes, it is said we live in a free world. BUT, by adhering to that attitude - OUR LAND IS CURSED BECAUSE OF WHAT WE DO NOT DO, AND WHAT WE DO, AND WHAT WE ALLOW TO BE DONE IN OUR LAND TO THIS DAY.  There is a curse on our land - because of our tolerance.  Repentance IS NOT ENOUGH, people.  We must take action. We must turn from our wicked ways.  And folks - we Christians ARE RESPONSIBLE for the curse on the Land too.  Because we CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE - if we choose to rise up and ACT AS WE SHOULD. 

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LET'S PRAY TOGETHER:  Lord Jesus Christ - I beg your forgiveness for me and for this land - we have greatly sinned against you and continue to do so in this land.  FORGIVE US GOD.  Lord, let my heart be like your heart, that I can know your pain and truly weep before you for this sin.  Change my heart today God.  I don't want to just pray this prayer today and be done with it. No, I want this to become real in my life - and my daily walk with You, God.  Help me Lord - Help US, Lord!     

And Lord, I pledge to obey you Lord.  I want to hear you clearly, and I need to take the debris, the fuzz, the distracting noises, the whatever, out of my ears (spiritual ears and physical ears).  Lord, help us to hear you clearly, so that we might obey and continue to obey.  Lord, I pledge to review the words and promises that you have given me in the past that I might also remember them and OBEY them, and have faith in your promises - and to not fear as I advance into the land of your promise to me. 

Lord, I want to keep your directives to me, with ALL MY HEART, SOUL, AND STRENGTH.   Forgive me, Lord, and forgive us,  your people, and this land - WE HAVE BEEN SO LAXIDAISICAL TOWARDS YOU.  I WANT TO BE MORE SERIOUS, NOT JUST MORE - BUT radically serious in my pursuit of living for You, God.  amen and amen.

 

- Sandi Laufenberg    15 May 2010