Tuesday 27th February, 2007

 

Pastor Clive Dottin

 
 
 
 
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Pastor Clive Dottin

A nation in crisis

  • Grandparents have been killed in a merciless fashion.
  • A nation in crisis needs God.
  • The curse of money laundering is expanding.

Part 1

A nation in crisis needs God. There must be a hunger and thirst for righteousness, for the power of God to make a difference in the hearts and minds of every citizen.

At the dedication of the temple when Solomon had finished praying, fire came down from Heaven and consumed the burnt offering and the glory of the Lord filled the house.

We read in 2 Chronicles 7:2 that the priests could not enter into the house of the Lord because “the glory of the Lord had filled the Lord’s house.” We need that glory, and we need it now.

After the Carnival bacchanal, we must repent. During the first two months of 2007, killers continue to intimidate the nation, plunging families into a sea of hopelessness.

Children, teenagers, young adults and even grandparents have been killed in a merciless fashion. We need that glory, the glory of the Lord. When we see homosexuality being applauded and Colombian assassins controlling our youth, we need that glory.

Citizens of our beloved country are leaving. Why? They are scared and they are in search of a comfort zone. Some have experienced kidnapping while others have been victims of the brutal extortion racket.

A nation in crisis needs God. The curse of money laundering is expanding and the gambling dens and gaming houses are facilitating this reckless practice. The criminal interlocking directorate is spreading its ugly tentacles upon several communities.

Several nations have gone the casino way, but the casino way is not God’s way.

A nation in crisis must repent. The poor vagrants blasted by cocaine as well as the “untouchables” must repent. Rogue cops and rogue soldiers must repent. Members of the clergy who abuse their members must repent. Politicians who fleece the nation must repent.

A horrible feature in the mafio-cracy in 2006 and in 2007 is the phenomenon called overkill.” Imagine in Santa Cruz the bandits pumped 12 bullets in the victim’s head. The 15-year-old who was slaughtered in Morvant during the Carnival weekend, was shot several times. Overkill! Overkill!

And listen, assassins are moving freely between the islands. These professional bandits believe in the import-export trade. Hello, they are making Caricom leaders blush with envy.

Imagine countries like T&T, Jamaica etc exporting criminals to “put down wuk.” Long before CSME and the free movement of labour and capital, these guys have found a way—the UBW: the united barbarians way.

For the next few weeks, we will examine elements of Solomon’s prayer because prayer is critical to nation building. Any rescue mission without prayer is destined to fail. God’s glory cannot descend upon this nation or any other nation without prayer. It must be sincere and consistent, diligent and honest.

Christ told the prostitute by the well that God is a spirit, and they that worship him must worship Him in spirit and in truth (John 4:24). This prostitute became a victorious missionary and captured a whole village for Christ.

Let the atheists and humanists repent because God is watching, and unlike the song, He is not watching us from a distance. He is omnipresent—everywhere at the same time.

Let the drug lords and kidnappers know that God is interested and concerned and will not allow them to continue their nefarious acts forever. He will intervene. A nation in crisis needs God!

Let us focus on the last part of Solomon’s prayer, recorded in 2 Chronicles 6:38-42:

38: If they return to thee with all their heart and with all their soul in the land of their captivity, whither they have carried them captives, and pray toward their land, which thou gavest unto their fathers, and toward the city which thou hast chosen, and toward the house which I have built for thy name:

39: Then hear thou from the heavens, even from thy dwelling place, their prayer and their supplications, and maintain their cause, and forgive thy people which have sinned against thee.

40: Now, my God, let, I beseech thee, thine eyes be open, and let thine ears be attent unto the prayer that is made in this place.

41: Now therefore arise, O Lord God, into thy resting place, thou, and the ark of thy strength: let thy priests, O Lord God, be clothed with salvation, and let thy saints rejoice in goodness.

42: O Lord God, turn not away the face of thine anointed: remember the mercies of David thy servant.

The Bible states that when the Israelites saw the glory of the Lord filling the temple, they bowed themselves with their faces to the ground upon the pavement, and worshipped and praised the Lord. They were not wining and dining—“dutty” wine, bicycle wine or the latest, the camera wine. No, a thousand times no!

Imagine thousands of citizens worshipping and praising the Lord in the streets, seeking repentance, thirsting for God’s glory. And please examine the words of God’s ambassadors: For he is good; for his mercy endureth forever.”

But what was God’s reply to this spontaneous prayer service? Let us examine 2 chronicles 7:12-15:

12: And the Lord appeared to Solomon by night, and said unto him, I have heard thy prayer, and have chosen this place to myself for an house of sacrifice.

13: If I shut up Heaven that there be no rain, or if I command the locusts to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among my people;

14: If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, then will I hear from Heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

15: Now mine eyes shall be open, and mine ears attent unto the prayer that is made in this place.

It was Mahatma Gandhi who said that we must not kill our enemies but kill their desire to kill. This relates to the issue of the transformation and regeneration of the human heart. Therefore, we must realise that there is a huge need for divine power.

On the issue of hate, revenge and retaliation, Martin Luther King said that when your enemy hits you and you respond by striking him, you become weaker and he becomes stronger. But how is this possible? It is only possible through the power of God.

Everybody is aware and crying out for the return of spiritual values. But how? Can man fix himself? Absolutely not! We must swallow our pride and admit that we need God’s power and His glory!

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