It was a tragic event that is etched in our minds just as the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster or the 9-11 Twin Towers attack.
Nine African-American members of historic Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina, were murdered by a visitor they had welcomed into their Bible study. The perpetrator was a young white supremacist who intended to divide our country and ignite a race war.
But . . . the response of the members of Emanuel and the families of the victims stunned the media and the world. In the midst of their pain and loss was the kindest and most gracious display of forgiveness possible. These parents, spouses and close friends demonstrated to the world what knowing Jesus Christ in a remarkably close way is all about.
My wife, Bev, and I were reflecting on this yesterday, and I shared with her that I was strongly sensing in my own heart a deeper love for Christ and people, a greater desire to be in God’s word and to obey it more fully — all since observing their genuine forgiveness. She had been experiencing something similar, and thought that this could be the beginning of revival in our nation.
I want to challenge you to meditate on the promises found in 2 Chronicles 7:14, “If my people who are called by My name humble themselves and pray, and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”
- Humble ourselves before the Lord and people
- Pray and seek the face of God
- Turn from anything in our lives that is not pleasing to Christ
- Forgive those who have harmed us in any way and communicate that to them
If we do this as the people of God, He promises:
- To hear our prayers
- Forgive our sin
- And heal our land.
The cost of revival is high. Let’s not waste the incredibly expensive down payment of the lives of nine members of Emanuel AME Church.
Wee-wee-wee! All the way home! A friend was gracious to provide us access to an airplane to fly Bev and me, our two children, one daughter-in-law and 2 year old granddaughter to spend a day with my 94 year old mom. What a trip! From the moment the engines started warming up—to take off—to reaching cruising altitude, all that our granddaughter could say at the top of her lungs was “Wee-wee-wee!” The rest of us, of course, were egging her on by clapping and hooting. Lots of precious memories and a very special time.
All the way to southern California tomorrow! On Tuesday I’ll be leaving early in the morning to visit two of our very capable Compass field team and their key volunteers in southern California. Drs. Sid and Donna Ward serve the Ventura area, and Jim and Kathy Sullivan serve Orange County. Would also appreciate your prayers as I also will be speaking to about 60 Kingdom Advisor financial planners at 7:30 am Pacific time on Wednesday. You know you’re getting older when: I can remember the Sullivan’s daughter was a new born when we first starting working together, and next year she’ll be starting college.
Dave Ramsey’s “The Great Recovery” Good friend, Dave Ramsey, is initiating an effort to encourage church leadership to help train their congregations to handle money God’s way by giving generously, spending wisely, getting out of debt and saving. Dave and I both completely believe that the financial challenges facing our country will never be solved by politicians alone. Instead, if God’s people become faithful stewards of what the Lord entrusts to them, and teach as many others these truths; then, I don’t know if we’ll change the economic history of our country, but we’ll change the economic history of a lot of individuals. Check out www.thegreatrecovery.com to learn more.
2 Chronicles 7:14 reminds us, “If my people who are called by My name humble themselves and pray, and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” May you and I be people who do just that.
Love in Christ,
Howard Dayton is the Founder and CEO, Compass – finances God’s way. For more information about Howard, please click HERE.