Thursday Bible Study – April 12th

Matthew 5:13 (NLT)

13 “You are the salt of the earth. But what good is salt if it has lost its flavor? Can you make it salty again? It will be thrown out and trampled underfoot as worthless.

Often times we can find ourselves very discontent with how things are going in our country.  We can look at our nation’s morality, alcohol, drug, and pornography statistics and begin to feel dejected, powerless, and even angry with those who hold political offices — after all it is often these people we ultimately hold responsible for what transpires in our cities, States and Nation.

With this in mind we can find ourselves passionately involved in sharing our ideas and views about political candidates before, during, and even after the election.  There are always those who are eager to share negative comments about the job performance of those in political office.

Let me just say this — as Christian men and women — we are called to be aware of what is going on in our world, and we have a responsibility to vote for what we feel is best when we are given the opportunity to do so, but we can have a far greater impact on our families, neighborhoods, cities, states, and nation if we simply abide in what God has called us to do as His followers.

And no matter how bad of shape our nation may be in, we need to remember that God gave us a foolproof plan with His personal guarantee for cleaning up a failing country — we can see it in 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 will forgive their sin and heal their land. 2 Chronicles 7:14 (NKJV)

True followers of Jesus Christ can make the difference by cleaning up their life first.  We are the ones who must be willing to humble ourselves and seek the Lord in earnest prayer.  We must turn from our wicked ways — it is then that God will hear our prayers and He will heal our country.  Jesus said we are to be the “salt” of the earth.  Salt flavors, but it also preserves and slows decay.  But if we are not going to live in a way God is leading us to live then we will lose our saltiness, and we will be good for nothing and equally responsible for the decay of our nation.

I want to encourage you to think and pray upon these things today.  Choose to simply focus on doing your part to be salty, or Christ-like.  God is on the throne and can restore this nation if you are willing to simply do your part.

STUDY QUESTION: According to 2 Chronicles 7:14 what must we do if we hope for God’s grace, mercy and restoration of our country?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you willing to humble yourself each day, repent of any wickedness in your life, and earnestly seek the Lord in prayer to heal this nation?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Focus on being salty today by abiding in God’s Word, and adhering to His will for your life. 

PRAYER: Father, thank You for Your promises of blessings and for Your great mercy.  Father, show me any area in my life where I need to repent today.  Father, I humble myself before You and ask for a fresh filling of Your Holy Spirit to lead me and strengthen me to walk in the spirit and to be the salt of the earth.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

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