2 Chronicles 7:14

The overriding thought that God has impressed upon my heart for the past two nights is 2Ch 7:14 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.I know our nation is in trouble and as I prayed for the nation, our leadership and the coming election the Lord kept bringing up each distinct portion of the verse. If my people, who are called by my name (Christians), shall humble themselves and pray, (our requests need to come from a heart of humility- we must admit there is no hope in ourselves. We must admit that whoever is elected is not the answer), and seek my face,( it must be more than simply requesting from God we must seek His presence, His friendship, as Moses spoke with God face to face as a friend. To seek His face is to seek His favor and to see His countenance.) And turn from their wicked ways; ( When we truly enter His presence and see his countenance and realize what He believes sin to be, then we will turn from our wicked ways.) Then will I hear from Heaven, (He will Hear our prayer for forgiveness of sin, He will hear our prayers for our nation). And forgive their sin (He will forgive because we have humbled ourselves, because we prayed for forgiveness, because we sought His face, because we had true repentance and turned from our wicked ways.) And heal their Land.

Our land can be healed, but the error I believe we have made, is that we request it in prayer but we do not fulfill the rest of the verse. There are requirements to every promise and God says if our Land is to be healed we must do all that He has stated. We pray, but we continue to justify our sins. We pray, but we decide what is wicked or not,rather than allowing God’s word and the conviction of the Holy Spirit to decide what is wicked, sin and wrong. We pray, but we continue on in our own will and way because we have not humbled ourselves to the will of God. We pray, but we do not really desire to see Him face to face for we may not like what we see or what He wants us to do or to change.

If you have ever considered sharing anything I have written from my walks, I would ask that this be the one. Our nation and our future is in danger. We need the right leadership but more than that we need Jehovah God to intervene and heal our nation. His promises are true. He will do what He says but It only if we do what He says. Humble ourselves, pray, seek His face, turn from our wicked ways, then He will hear, forgive and heal. Written byRobert Hooker

By Bob Hooker

On November 8, 1975, while sitting in his dorm room at Memphis State University, Robert Hooker realized he was miserable deep inside. He really didn’t have anything to live for. He had seen several of his friends die while in high school and college and knew that he too would face death someday. Robert’s heart was in turmoil as he picked up a small Bible and started to read. God’s Word was foreign to Robert and it was hard for him to understand; just as he was about to close the Bible he spotted some verses in the back of the Book. After reading these verses he understood that he was a sinner, and deserved to go to a place called Hell. Robert knelt beside his bed and asked Jesus Christ to save him and give him eternal life. Robert realized for the first time that Jesus Christ was truly the Son of God, and had lived a spotless life. He realized Jesus died on the cross, was buried, and rose from the grave, just so he could have eternal life. Robert graduated from Memphis State and went on to work at Trinity Baptist Church in Collierville, Tennessee as the Youth Pastor. While attending this church, God called Robert to preach and he, his wife and two daughters moved to Indiana to attend Hyles-Anderson College in January of 1982. Robert graduated from Hyles-Anderson College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Pastoral Theology in May of 1985. Later, Robert received his Masters in Pastoral Theology. Bro. Hooker has been working at Hyles-Anderson College and in the ministries of First Baptist Church since 1985. In 2005 Bro. Hooker was given a Doctorate of Divinity by Dr. Jack Schaap. Dr. Hooker is the Sr. Vice President and a Professor at Hyles-Anderson College. Dr. Hooker teaches the Faith and Family Sunday school class at the First Baptist Church of Hammond. 1985 - Demerit Counselor 1986 - Part-time staff member at the church and director of the Sailor Ministry 1990 - Athletic Director and part-time faculty 1996 - Full-time faculty 2001 - Dean of Married Students 2003 - Dean of Student Counseling 2006 - Sr. Vice President

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