A daily verse about the state of our nation and time for Christians reflect and unite in prayer, asking God to send a revival across our land and turn our nation back to Him.
Do we need a revival?
When revival doesn’t happen
It would seem that the people didn’t learn anything from the flood. In Genesis 18 and 19 we find that the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah were so corrupt that God said their “sin is very grave.” The biggest clue that we have as to why their sin was so grave is found when two angels come to Sodom in the evening to see if the sin was as great as the outcry that had reached the throne of God.
When they arrived at the city, Lot saw them and invited them into his home, knowing how bad the sin was in the city. It wasn’t long before the men of the city were banging on Lot’s door demanding that he send the two angels who appeared as men out so they could gang rape them. So obviously homosexuality was a sin of Sodom and it is where we get our word “sodomy”.
Was homosexuality the only sin of Sodom and Gomorrah?
However, homosexuality wasn’t the only sin of these two cities. Ezekiel 16:49-50 says, “Now this was the sin of your sister Sodom: She and her daughters were arrogant, overfed and unconcerned; they did not help the poor and needy. They were haughty and did detestable things before me…”
The Hebrew word translated “detestable” refers to something that is morally disgusting and is the exact same word used in Leviticus 18:22 that refers to homosexuality as an “abomination.” Additionally, Jude 7 says, “…Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding towns gave themselves up to sexual immorality and perversion.”
So, while homosexuality was not the only sin in which the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah indulged, it does appear to be the primary reason for the destruction of the cities.
The Need for Revival
- If God destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah primarily because of homosexuality, could our nation be in danger of the same?
- The act of homosexuality is an abomination to God. However the people who live a homosexual life are creations of God and He loves them. Yet the Bible is very clear that God despises the sin of homosexuality. Because we know He sees homosexuality as an abomination, we can also know that God would never create a person to be “born” homosexual. The homosexual lifestyle is a choice that people make.
- The Bible says that “whosoever” can come to Christ and have eternal life (John 3:16, Revelation 22:17). There is no sin too big that God cannot redeem and save.
Praying for Revival
Father, homosexuality is rampant in our world and in our nation. If the people of Sodom and Gomorrah could see our world today, they would wonder why we are not judged today as you judged them. But yet there are still righteous people in our nation. It’s time we stop being “culturally sensitive” and start calling sin by it name. But at the same time, we need to show those who are caught in the grips of homosexual sin the same love that Jesus would show them. Just as Jesus died for me and my sin, so He died for their sin.
God, we ask you to reveal the lies of Satan to those trapped in homosexual sin and help them discover the unconditional, everlasting love of Jesus. May we not sit in judgement, but extend the invitation to come to Christ. May we not look the other way as we sit within the walls of our church, but go out into the highways and byways and bring them to Christ.
Lord, send a revival and let it begin in me.
Feel like giving up? Paul reminds us in Hebrews 12:1 to run with perseverance the race that was set before us.
God, Love, and Marshmallow Wars
by Julia M. Bruce
What’s Inside God, Love, and Marshmallow Wars?
This book includes 365 daily activities and takes you on a guided journey through Biblical principles about Godly marriage that you can then apply to your marriage, as well as helping you talk through concepts that can help you develop a solid relationship. Inside you will find simple, quick activities that include:
- Scripture to memorize and meditate on
- Conversation Starters
- Concepts from the Bible on Godly marriages
- Romance Builders
- Relationship Builders
- Personal reflections
- Date ideas
- Group date ideas for you and other Christian couples
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