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Humble or Humbled?

2 Chronicles 7:14    KJV

“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.”

I looked this verse up in about 15 different Versions/Translations of the scripture and found they were all so similar I could actually use the KJV.    Imagine that?    Not so antiquated after all!

My thoughts on this verse were triggered by a few f/b Posts and a few friends telling me they were doing a 10 day, 21 day, etc – Fast.

In researching some of these, I found out a Fast means different things to different people.

1. Fast one meal (out of three) a day.

2. Only drink water or other necessary liquids.  (some with vitamins etc)

3. A meatless fast.

4. A full fast of no food or liquids.    (usually short, like a day or two)

So… back to my subject – everyone of these fasts was to be accompanied by Prayer.

A very scriptural and noble quest and action.

THEN… my mind triggered this verse, and I noticed a Word that stood out at the beginning of the 4 requirements (suggestions) for us to have Revival and I thought to myself, I have never heard anyone powerfully emphasize this word.

Humble – “the act of lowering oneself in their own eyes, to acknowledge their supreme power source, God”     (my own definition)

This rang a bell, inspired by the Holy Spirit and necessary, first for me.   Am I so filled with pride in my life, accomplishments, talents, abilities, family etc that I have relegated God to second place?   Immediately I began to repent and ask God for forgiveness so that I could be restored to a secondary place of importance in light of all, that He has done, Who He is, and What He can do.

I see this at this time of introspection as being the thing God wants first, before we pray, and seek His face, and turn from our Wicked ways.

THEN… my mind triggered the second possibility coming from this action.

If we don’t Humble ourselves, we will be Humbled!    What?   True!   Thou shalt have no other gods before me.   Meaning not even ourselves!   The bible is full of examples of those who failed to face their Pride, and eventually ended in Ruin.

May your year be filled with dynamic possibilities, above that you can imagine or dream, as you begin the process of walking “humbly before your God”         

Blessings!    jmcd

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