Wednesday, May 29, 2024


     Last time we discussed Pastors Bobby Duncan’s and James Jones's book “Floods Upon Dry Ground, Chapter 9, titled “Prescription for a Cure”. The authors detailed that pain in a person usually causes a person to go to a doctor to seek a cure—and that is exactly what’s needed in today’s sinful world to bring about floods upon dry ground. People need to fervently seek, and encourage others to fervently seek the Great Physician (God) to find the only cure for sin (Jesus).
     Duncan and Jones in Chapter 10, “Promise of Recovery”, wrote about the hope and the spirit-lifting effect we have when we exit a doctor's office with a medication prescription and directions to help heal our physical pain. In the same way, they wrote, “When the people of God are reminded He (God) answers their sincere and fervent prayers, they are immediately encouraged—”
    They wrote that the problem preventing floods on dry ground today is that we have stopped making Christ “the centerpiece” of our Christian religion, and we substituted man’s philosophy for Biblical truth. To get back on track, we need to ask ourselves the following two questions:
  1. “How can the church in America recover from its formalism (superficial worship and lifeless religious observances?”)
  2. “How can the church in America recuperate from its inclusiveness (different avenues to reach God other than through Jesus Christ?”)
     We need to consider the following two things before spiritual healing can occur:
  1. “Restoration is God’s work. When disaster befalls us, when creature comforts are gone, our only hope is in Him. We do not have the power to recover our spiritual health any more than we can heal a terminal illness.”
  2. “Truly walking in the Spirit is a lifestyle that has long since slipped away from America’s “Christian” movement, and consequently from the nation itself.” And “true spiritual revival, call it what you will—renewal, restoration, recovery, or awakening—can only come through the sovereign movement of the Holy Spirit. That is God’s part. We have no power to save ourselves, or to restore spiritual life once it has ebbed away. Our part is to turn to God with all of our hearts.”
     So what IS our part for God to enact his promise of recovery, and bring floods upon our dry ground? According to Duncan and Jones 2 Chronicles 7:14 has the answer:
“If My people, who are called by My name, shall humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”


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