2 Chronicles 7:14 (AMP)
If My people, who are called by My name, shall humble themselves, pray, seek, crave, and require of necessity My face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven, forgive their sin, and heal their land.
We continue our devotion with Turn from your wicked ways.
Wickedness – morally very bad: evil
As I looked up the word wicked, I thought it was a strong word. Many of us may not be seeking and craving the Lord the way we should and wouldn’t consider ourselves wicked; rather lukewarm to the Gospel. We haven’t committed any serious crimes and are basically good moral individuals.
Matthew 12:30 (AMP)
He who is not with Me [definitely on My side] is against Me, and he who does not [definitely] gather with Me and for My side scatters.
Revelation 3:16 (AMP)
So, because you are lukewarm and neither cold nor hot, I will spew you out of My mouth!
Let’s think this through… If we’re not on the Lord’s side, we are serving the enemy; satan. There’s no middle ground, it’s one or the other. Then, He will spew us out of his mouth and we’ll be scattered. This is rejection to the max. Are we considered wicked if we’re not serving the Lord? I would think so.
Matthew 18:34-35 (AMP)
34And in wrath his master turned him over to the torturers (the jailers), till he should pay all that he owed. 35So also My heavenly Father will deal with every one of you if you do not freely forgive your brother from your heart his offenses.
The scripture above is the result of a story in the Bible when a master forgave his servant. The servant owed him a substantial amount of money and the master was ready to take him, his household, and all his possessions and liquidate them to pay off his debt. The servant begged his master to give him more time and he would pay off every cent. The master’s heart was moved by his actions and so he decided to cancel his debt completely. Not just give him more time to try and pay off the debt, cancelled it altogether. The servant was set free! The master forgave him and allowed him to start off with a clean slate.
But what happens next? … This servant then goes on his way and sees his servant and asks to be paid for the debt he owes him. The servant begs and pleads to give him more time to pay him back. But the servant was not moved by his actions and puts him in jail until his debt was paid off. The debt he owed his master was far more less than what the first servant owed his master.
Could he have forgiven him just as the master forgave his servant? You have one person who was completely relieved from all his debt and another sent to jail for a debt owed for much less.
The master was given details of what occurred and he sent for the servant.
Matthew 18:32-33 (AMP)
32Then his master called him and said to him, You contemptible and wicked attendant! I forgave and cancelled all that [great] debt of yours because you begged me to. 33And should you not have had pity and mercy on your fellow attendant, as I had pity and mercy on you?
In an instant, this servant who was once freed was caught up back into confinement and back into his debt because he was unforgiving towards someone else.
We need to be compassionate and loving even when we want to do the complete opposite of what we should be doing. Sometimes, we just need to take a step back and take off our judgemental, self-righteous clothing and put on the armor the Lord equips us with.
Now that we have established wicked ways, let’s look deep within our own lives, go through the six steps and identify those things that need to be cleansed out of our system. What would be considered displeasing in the Lord’s eyes?
When we go through this process, God guarantees us that He will hear our petitions that Jesus brings to Him, will forgive us, and heal our land.
I conclude the five part series on “What is Forgiveness” with a song called “Heal Our Land.” I pray that it has been a blessing and as you read during the last few weeks, the Lord has spoken to you in a special way and has shown you areas that you can heal, and be whole again.