After the latest American tragedy in Parkland, FL. I found myself being well, less affected. I recognized this to be desensitization and a self preservation method , but what the Bible calls it is hardening of my heart. I listened to a Pastor preach today and God used this man to explain to me that by hardening my heart I am also missing out on the joy that the Lord has as well. The Holy Bible tells us:
Isaiah 61:3 New King James Version (NKJV)
3 To console those who mourn in Zion,
To give them beauty for ashes,
The oil of joy for mourning,
The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness;
That they may be called trees of righteousness,
The planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified.”
When we allow our hearts to mourn and grieve the things that hurt us we also allow the Lord in to heal. Any walls we put up to keep pain out also keep the Lord from getting in. Love, intimacy comes at a cost, that cost being the possibility of pain and heartbreak. We have to trust Our Lord can and will heal any affliction we may receive by loving.
Many protests and screams of gun control have been heard since the last tragedy in Florida BUT it is my firm belief that these calls to action in relation to guns are attempts to place a band aid on the real problem. OUR NATION HAS A HEART ISSUE…The United States has determined by who they have elected into offices, by the laws that have created, a separation from God, This nation has spiraled into depravity, a mocking of God, and glorification of all things evil. While a stricter reign on who can wield a weapon, and the outlawing of automatic weapons may deter some incidents the fact is if a person bent on killing wants to do so they will find a way.
14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.
Our land, our people, need the Lord to heal them. It takes a conscious turning of their hearts towards Him , towards what He asks as a Christ follower and unless and until the Church as a whole does this, the unsaved are definitely no going to.
PRAY! If we call ourselves “Christian” , a “Believer” in God and His word, let us get on our faces before the God of the just and the unjust and PRAY. The Lord desires us to intercede for this nation, and for this world, and to not do this is disobedience! . It truly is a miracle that He hears from us, He cares what we care about, and ONLY He can heal this nation. Will you join me in faithful prayer and fasting?