Guess WHO was “made right with God?”
Jesus told his next story to some who were complacently pleased with themselves over their moral performance and looked down their noses at the common people:
“Two men went up to the Temple to pray, one a Pharisee, the other a tax man. The Pharisee posed and prayed like this: ‘Oh, God, I thank you that I am not like other people—robbers, crooks, adulterers, or, heaven forbid, like this tax man. I fast twice a week and tithe on all my income.’
“Meanwhile the tax man, slumped in the shadows, his face in his hands, not daring to look up, said, ‘God, give mercy. Forgive me, a sinner.’”
Jesus commented, “This tax man, not the other, went home made right with God. If you walk around with your nose in the air, you’re going to end up flat on your face, but if you’re content to be simply yourself, you will become more than yourself.”
Yesterday when I was driving to my friend’s house, I saw “Sandy’s Cleaners”. For some reason, the sign jumped out at me. I thought to myself, there are so many people still cleaning after what happened with hurricane Sandy.I thought about the name Sandy, how sand represents flesh, and I thought to myself, Lord forgive us for the ways we have sinned as a country in our flesh. Lord help us to humble ourselves and seek your face, to turn from our wicked ways, so that you can heal our land.
Then, this morning, I read that the elementary school was also called Sandy Hook. And I remembered seeing “Sandy’s Cleaners”…and what I prayed.I think the Lord is speaking to to us to be “Sandy’s Cleaners”…and He is asking us to repent for the sins of our nation. We have rebelled against God. We, as a nation, are killing our babies, 4000 aborted a day in the US. And that SIN is releasing a spirit of murder on our land.
People cried out yesterday for those 20 children…People were exhorting believers to pray!!! Our hearts were broken!!! But 200 times more are killed in ONE day in our Nation…EVERYDAY!!! But we don’t see that on the news…
because somehow…it has become a woman’s right to murder her own child. Sins of the flesh…… Lord forgive us!!!
It is crazy what we are doing in this nation. A nation that was supposed to be one nation under God!!!!! I also had the thought, that we need missionaries in this country. Sandy Cleaners sent to help clean up the mess that we’ve made. AND we cannot blame it on the guns, paaaalleeeeese!!!!! That is some ridiculous logic!
…it is TIME for CHRISTIANS to take some responsibility for what is going on!
God has not healed our land because we, the people called by HIS name, have not humbled ourselves and sought His face…and repented for the sins of our nation.
2 Chronicles 7:14 if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.
Matthew 7:26-27 But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”
2 Kings 22:19 Because your heart was responsive and you humbled yourself before the Lord when you heard what I have spoken against this place and its people—that they would become a curse and be laid waste—and because you tore your robes and wept in my presence, I also have heard you, declares the Lord.