We Need The Lord’s Help

Scripture: II Chronicles 7:12-15
   
I.    Vs. 12       (Sacrifice)
They sacrificed animals in the Old Testament and the Father sacrificed his
son in the New Testament. You are the sacrifice in the church, because
Romans 12:1 “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that
you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God which
is your reasonable service.” Some saints are not willing to make any
sacrifices, because they have not decided to become a sacrifice. Israel
spent seven years building the Temple and celebrated (dedicated) the
finished product for fifteen days. They brought silver, gold, oxen and sheep
for an offering to the Lord. The Lord wants to help us, but we must be
willing to make some sacrifices. David said “I will not offer burnt
offerings unto the Lord my God of the which doth cost me nothing.” *Point:
They brought their sacrifices to the Temple and we are currently unable to
enter the Church. We can still make sacrifices by mail, online, and meet the
needs of people in the community. 


II.    Vs. 13-14a      (Humility)
The Lord can withhold rain and send pestilence (plague/disease/death),
locusts, and devour the land. The coronavirus is impacting everybody and
believers need to respond with humility. The church should be the first
people in line to acknowledge that they need the Lord. Pride is our enemy
and hinders the Lord from helping us. I Peter 5:5 “Yea, all of you be
subject one to another, and be clothed with humility for God resisteth the
proud, and giveth grace to the humble.” Everybody wants to be blessed by
God, but everybody does not want to be humble. Christ is our standard and he
was humble. *Point: We need to understand that only the Lord can help us and
we can not save ourselves. 


III.    Vs. 14b         (Prayer)
Our current situation makes it very clear that we need to call upon the name
of the Lord. Nothing wrong with calling upon family and friends for help,
but we need to call upon the Lord first. We all have been guilty of turning
to people who can’t help us. *Point: We find ourselves on Facebook,
snap-chat and the phone telling everybody our business. News flash, they
can’t help us and all we have to do is call on Jesus. The text says that the
Lord shut up heaven and sent the pestilence, so we need to talk to him. So
here are a few tips related to the coronavirus. Wash your hands, practice
social distancing, cover you cough, stay at home and
PRAY-PRAY-PRAY-PRAY—–. *Point: If Jesus prayed, how much more do I need
to pray. I’m praying for you, please pray for me. Read Matthew 6:9-13 which
is the model prayer.


IV.    Vs. 14c         (Obedience)
The entire human race is messed-up, because one man (Adam) disobeyed God.
“For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the
obedience of one shall many be made righteous.” Romans 5:19. The text says
that we need to seek the Lord’s face and he wants total obedience. So, often
we treat obeying God like a menu and only choose the things that we want to
obey. This is a horrible spiritual decision that will not result in a
blessing or produce a mature believer. Nike has a very popular slogan “Just
Do It” and this should be our attitude in relation to obeying the Lord. Read
Deuteronomy 28.   


V.    Vs. 14c-15         (Repent)
The requirement for healing and forgiveness in this passage is repentance.
The Lord wants to help us, but we must be willing to repent(change your
mind/turn from sin/surrender to God). Sin causes us to go in the wrong
direction and the results are often deadly. *Point: Nobody gets away with sin
and I mean nobody. You don’t hear much about sin anymore and our society
does not take God serious. The Lord does love us, but he has always hated
sin.  Read Psalm 51 and see how David dealt with his sin.

I hope this was a blessing to you.

Because He Lives,
Bro. Mack