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Chuck Smith :: Sermon Notes for 2 Chronicles 7:13,14

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"NATIONAL SICKNESS - ITS CAUSE AND CURE"
Intro: Our nation is obviously sick. Democratic convention; racial strife; riots; rising crime rates; extensive drug use; loosening of moral standards; all are symptoms. Where were the peace marchers when Czechoslovakia was invaded? When the strongest nation in the world cannot pay its debts?
I. NATIONAL SICKNESS - ITS CAUSE.
A. Solomon's prayer of dedication.
1. Recognized sin as source of national sickness.
2. Righteousness exhalteth a nation but sin is a reproach to any people.
3. "Lest sin should be your ruin."
B. The sin of forgetfulness - forget God.
1. Easy to forget what made us strong.
a. At turn of century 90% of public education Bible related.
b. Today it is a crime to read Bible in public classroom, or to pray to God...but not a crime to blaspheme God.
2. Easy to forget secret of strength.
a. Not in armies and navies.
b. Not in production capacities. (Both are history's testimony.)
c. God is our refuge and our strength.
C. The sin of neglect.
1. Neglect to worship Him.
2. Neglect to call upon Him.
3. Neglect to serve Him.
D. Sin of rejection.
1. A step beyond neglect.
2. At this point another god enthroned = the national god of pleasure, materialism, and intellectualism.
II. NATIONAL SICKNESS - ITS CURE.
A. It is not the electing of a new president.
B. It does entail a return to God - 7:14.
C. Who? "My people, called by my name."
1. We are called "Christians."
2. Revival is not a term for world, only church.
D. What?
1. "Humble themselves."
a. Admit we're not so smart as to eliminate God.
b. Admit we're not so strong.
2. "And pray."
a. This is the acknowledgment of our need of help.
b. It's too big for me, I need help.
3. "And seek my face."
a. Seek His plan - His- approval.
4. "Turn from wicked ways."
a. Forgetfulness.
b. Neglect.
c. Rejection.
E. Result: then, not before, God.
a. Will hear.
b. Will forgive.
c. Will heal.
F. And what if they don't? The illness is fatal and the patient will die.
Sermon Notes for 2 Chronicles 6:10 ← Prior Section
Sermon Notes for 2 Chronicles 7:14 Next Section →
Sermon Notes for 1 Chronicles 2:7 ← Prior Book
Sermon Notes for Ezra 1:1,2 Next Book →
CONTENT DISCLAIMER:

The Blue Letter Bible ministry and the BLB Institute hold to the historical, conservative Christian faith, which includes a firm belief in the inerrancy of Scripture. Since the text and audio content provided by BLB represent a range of evangelical traditions, all of the ideas and principles conveyed in the resource materials are not necessarily affirmed, in total, by this ministry.

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