Spiritual Revival (3)
A LOT of Christians are crying to the Lord to do a particular thing for them. At the same time, however, they are doing things that are working in contrast to their requests. Unfortunately, these people’s eyes are not open to see why their prayers are not answered. We all need to pray that the Lord open our eyes so that we can see ourselves, the way God sees us.
Once we get to this stage, where we can see our faults, it will mark the beginning of our spiritual revival and progress. How can we attain the level of seeing in the spiritual, so that, we can see ourselves the way God sees us? The first thing we need to do is ask God to remove the veils that are blocking our vision. We must do this because God will only tolerate our behaviour for a while; after some time, His judgement will come upon our lives.
Unfortunately, there are some who are hearing the truth, but are still refusing to change. This is indeed very dangerous. Ezekiel 8:18 states: “Therefore, I also will act in fury. My eye will not spare nor will I have pity; and though they cry in My ears with a loud voice, I will not hear them.” After some time, it may be too late to cry out to the Lord, because He will no longer listen to us.
In Ezekiel 9, the Lord ordered an angel to go around Jerusalem and mark the foreheads of those men, who had cried out against the abominations that had been taking place. Even those who had not associated with the idol worshippers, but who had not spoken out against their behaviour were not spared. The Lord then commanded that all the killings should start from those who were in His sanctuary. When Ezekiel pleaded for the children of Israel to be spared, the Lord answered him as follows in Ezekiel 9:9-10: “The iniquity of the house of Israel and Judah is exceedingly great, and the land is full of bloodshed, and the city full of perversity; for they say, ‘The Lord has forsaken the land, and the Lord does not see!’ And as for Me also, My eye will neither spare nor will I have pity, but I will recompense their deeds on their own head.” The political situation in many countries today is such that God is no longer in control of affairs; instead, it is Satan who is leading matters. And yet, those who are in charge cannot see that what they are doing is wrong; they are blind to their faults and do not know that the tragedies that are befalling their nation are as a direct result of their abominable actions. Jeremiah 6:16-17 states, “Thus says the Lord: “Stand in the ways and see, and ask for the old paths, where the good way is, and walk in it; then you will find rest for your souls. But they said, ‘We will not walk in it.’ Also, I set watchmen over you, saying, ‘Listen to the sound of the trumpet!’ But they said, ‘We will not listen.” The Lord has been telling us as a nation that we need to change our ways, but we have refused to listen. He sent His prophets to talk to us, but we ignored them. There is a veil blocking our vision, which is preventing us from seeing the wrong that we are doing and the tragedy that we are bringing upon ourselves. Because we have refused to listen to the Lord, then the disasters, which befell the children of Israel, shall also befall us.
Pastor Ogunorunyinka is the General Overseer, The Promisedland Restoration Ministries, Solution Ground, Surulere, Lagos.