Chron. 7:12 -14; Ezek 22:23 - 30.
i) Recognise the power of appropriate Christian actions; and
ii) Seek to execute actions that will release divine favours and help in our ugly situations.
In the previous study, we saw the power of men having the right requirements to receive God's solutions, how much we already possess; we still need requisite faith to bring God's power down as our situations. In today's study, we will consider human actions like agonising intercession, repentance, restitution. II Chronicles 7:14 refers to these as most needful requirements for a nation to be healed. We must respond to this scripture at both personal and corporate levels. This means that individual Christians who grasp the message Should not wait for others; their solo efforts can motivate many others. God is looking out to see what you will do after this study.
1. Highlight and discuss from /I Chron. 7:12-14 and Ezek 22:23-30
i) The challenge
ii) The condemnation
iii) The cure envisaged
iv) The change expected, in the healing of a land.
2. Compare the situations with ours, and state what Christians should do to salvage Nigeria
ii) as Church
iii) as Denominations
iv) as a Nation Ezek 22:30; Joel 1:14; 2:15- 18; Matt 18:18-20.
3. How much impact have these actions had in turning away God's wrath:
i) Repentance by Christians, Jonah 3:5, 10;
ii) Restitution by Christians, Luke 19:8, 9;
iii) Renunciation of evil? £ph 5:11?
Men and nations require faith's works done in humility and true holiness. These invariably turn away God's wrath and bring His favour. Truly, nothing is too hard for God; nor are His hands short or His ears dull of hearing. A key ingredient of the actions of men that produce positive results is renunciation of evil.
FOOD FOR THOUGHT: When a nation does what God requires, God britgs divine healitg to her land.
MEMORY VERSE: Joel 2:16 -17.
Gather the children, even nursing infants. Let the bridegroom leave his room, and the bride her chamber. Between the vestibule and the altar let the priests, the ministers of the LORD, weep and say, "Spare Thy people, 0 LORD, and make not Thy heritage a reproach, a byword among the nations. Why should they say among the peoples, 'Where is their God?"