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"REVIVAL OR RUIN?"
2 Chronicles 7:14, 21
November 8, 1992
Have you ever been on the wrong road?
Trip to Baytown, Texas, to see my cousins.
In life, it is very important that you know where
you are going. In order to get to the right destination
you have to get on the right road. Listen, you cannot
get on the right road unless you know how to read
the signs and follow them.
IN OUR TEXT TODAY:
We read about Solomon's dedication of the Temple.
The context of this scripture is not one of bad times,
but when God's people had experienced the glory
of God in the Temple dedication.
In this setting God reminds Solomon of the way things
were going to be. God told him that if God's people
(Israel) would obey Him, they would be the receivers
of heavenly blessings.
However, God also told them if you are not loyal
to me, I will bring much adversity upon you and my
people. God was telling them, "I want your total
loyalty and love."
LET'S JUMP FORWARD INTO IllrORY FOR A MOMENT:
Look with me to I Kiings 11:4, 6.
Eventually Solomon did worship other gods. Many
of his successors as king also worshipped other gods.
Guess what happened.
In time, God had Israel, His people, exiled to Babylon
and the Temple was destroyed. This was God's work
of judgment against Israel, His people, because they
were not wholly devoted to God.
NOTICE JUST ONE PRINCIPLE WITH ME:
God always fulfills His Word.
Which road are you on today in your life?
Are you on the road to revival (blessing) or
are you on the road to ruin (adversity)?
I. ARE YOU ON THE ROAD TO REVIVAL? (v. 14)
It is- so important that w-e do niot forget the context
in which we receive those words from God. He is
speaking not to the godless, the atheist, the humanists
or the immoral. He is speaking to His people, the
people of God. The ones who are called by His name
or the ones who proclaim His name. Notice what
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