Survival 

2 Kings 24:3
“Surely at the commandment of the Lord this came upon Judah, to remove them from His sight because of the sins of Manasseh, according to all that he had done.”

The final chapters of 2 Kings tell the story of the death of a nation. After having a glorious beginning, and being miraculously sustained for a thousand years, the nation of Judah is defeated, the Temple destroyed, and the people taken as prisoners of war. These chapters record their collapse from heaven’s perspective. It was not caused by economic failure, a weak foreign policy, or because Babylon was a superior foe. Judah’s demise was simply a consequence of national sin, “…because of the sins of Manasseh…”

Certainly our nation is facing some very trying times. While the economists, sociologists and politicians dispense reasons for the social calamities we are facing, heaven sees the same symptoms, with an entirely different diagnosis. The problem is not the economy, our foreign policy, or the weakness of our borders. Our problem is sin. We, as a people, have left the ways of God and are reaping the consequences. The solution for any person, family, or nation is to turn back to the Lord.

This does not mean we go back in time. To become a godly people in no way implies technology or advances in science are wrong. It means we stop redefining sin and righteousness, and live according to the of the Word of God.

The place to start is in our personal lives, and in our homes. If we want to see a nation transformed, it will begin with you examining your own life, and being sure you are living to please the Lord. Instead of bickering about all that is wrong in the world, take some time to examine yourself, in light of the Word of God, and make any changes that are necessary. As your life is transformed, you will find God uses you to impact others for the kingdom of heaven.

What we need in America today is a revival, and it starts with the believers turning their lives over to the Lord.

Pastor Jim