James 5:16… “The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much” (KJV).
The word “availeth” means “to prevail, greatly exercising force and strength and might.” Persecution had scattered the saints and many were coming down with sickness and poverty. James writes, “Confess your faults one to another, and pray for one another, that ye may be healed” (James 5:16, KJV). The faults were mishaps. Faults are often, but not always, sin. They could be neglect, negative thinking, fear, or making wrong decisions. It could be doubt in the leadership, or a lack of faith in the system of government. Paul, in 1 Corinthians, asked the church to “examine themselves.” There was a reason why that church was sick and weak. I believe that God is asking our nation to examine itself as well. To examine means to “discern, test, scrutinize.” We need to take a look and see what Hezekiah did to bring God’s healing to his nation. Some of the principles of truth can help heal our nation as well. The story is found in 2 Chronicles 29-32.
2 Chronicles 29… The nation was hurting due to Ahaz’s godless reign. When the godless govern, the whole nation suffers. Hezekiah had just become king. He reveals the cause of the nation’s problems and confronts the sins of the nation giving the answers that would heal the nation. Hezekiah’s mother was the daughter of Zechariah the prophet who prophesied during the time of King Uzziah. Hezekiah was prophetically prepared to do that which was right in the sight of the Lord.
2 Chronicles 29:1-3… The first step to healing the nation… Hezekiah opened the doors that had been closed. In every transition season, God gives a personal and corporate invitation to open the door to fresh emphasis and purification so that power from the Lord can be manifested. Hezekiah was not going to allow the nation to continue in old habits. King Ahaz had been against the purposes of God. In times of distress, he trespassed against God all the more. Past administrations in our nation have trespassed and passed bad laws. Most of the humanistic and anti-biblical laws came into our nation through the judicial system. God has been forced out of our culture through the courts. The courts have allowed immorality to flourish under the word “freedom.” It’s time that our nation leaders opened the doors that have been closed, the doors to allow God back into our public places, for example. The church needs to examine their personal spiritual doors. Some of the doors of their hearts have been closed because of doctrinal failures and disappointments, unfulfilled desires, or traditional upbringing. Hezekiah represented a new season. We must open the doors to let the Holy Spirit have access to every dimension of our lives. Have we forgotten that we are the temple of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 3:16, 6:19-20)?
2 Chronicles 29:1-3… The second step to healing the nation… He repaired the doors. The Hebrew word for “repaired” means “to hold fast, adhere to, bind together, to be constant and persistent.” This word portrays a process of lamination by which several layers are bonded together to form strength. The political leaders of the nation need to repair the doors that made this nation great. We need to allow the Holy Spirit to bring fresh layers of revelation, insight, and understanding from the Scriptures. This freshness brings a strength into our lives. The Greek equivalent to the Hebrew word “repaired” is found in the word “availeth” in James 5:16… “The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.” By opening the doors of our heart, we allow the Lord to bring into our lives those qualities which give us prevailing strength. If we deny Him access, He cannot strengthen us. If we refuse to open our hearts, He cannot repair us, and sickness and troubles will continue. God wants us to move in prevailing power. Open your door of your heart today and let the Holy Spirit laminate your lives with truth, integrity, humility, holiness, perseverance, and faith.
2 Chronicles 29:4-5… The third step to healing the nation is the need for sanctification… “Sanctify now yourselves” (v. 5, KJV). Hezekiah was not going to be a one-man show like his father Ahaz. Hezekiah saw the need for other people. He saw that a leader is not called to do everything himself. Levites and priests were people entrusted to do a special work (1 Peter 2:9). Paul called it “the work of the ministry” in Ephesians 4:12. The word “sanctify” refers to cutting yourself off from and separating yourself from that which is common or profane, cleansing yourself from that which is unclean, and establishing holiness, commitment, and devotion. Our leaders need to sanctify themselves. The anointing is not for preachers only. Our politicians need to be anointed as much as preachers do. The church and believers need to open the doors of their heart. When they do, the Lord will bring light into every dark area of their lives. God will demand changes in your lifestyle. 2 Chronicles 29:5, along with Jeremiah 1:5-10, teaches that if we are going to affect the kingdoms of this world with the Word of God, we are going to have to root out and pull down any stronghold in us that is not of God. We cannot sanctify anyone else until we ourselves have first been sanctified. This is the constant testimony of the Old Testament that has been passed to the New Testament. If we are going to deliver someone, we must be clean ourselves. If we do not open our heart’s door and let God deal with things that are not pleasing to Him, we will not be able to help anyone else. Trying to deal with sin in others under the assumption that we have no sin in ourselves is a big delusion. Galatians 6:1-5 teaches that we should consider ourselves… i.e., “first examine yourself” (see also 2 Corinthians 13:5).
(To be continued…)
Pastor George Belobaba
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