5 And at the evening sacrifice I arose up from my heaviness;  and having rent my garment and my mantle, I fell upon my knees, and spread out my hands unto the LORD my God, 6 And said, O my God, I am ashamed and blush to lift up my face to thee, my God:  for our iniquities are increased over our head, and our trespass is grown up unto the heavens.   7 Since the days of our fathers have we been in a great trespass unto this day;  and for our iniquities have we, our kings, and our priests, been delivered into the hand of the kings of the lands, to the sword, to captivity, and to a spoil, and to confusion of face, as it is this day.   8 And now for a little space grace hath been showed from the LORD our God, to leave us a remnant to escape, and to give us a nail in his holy place, that our God may lighten our eyes, and give us a little reviving in our bondage.   9 For we were bondmen;  yet our God hath not forsaken us in our bondage, but hath extended mercy unto us in the sight of the kings of Persia, to give us a reviving, to set up the house of our God, and to repair the desolations thereof, and to give us a wall in Judah and in Jerusalem.  (Ezra 9:5-9 KJV)

We are in turbulent times with no end in sight. We hope, pray and cry out, yet we, as a people in the United States do nothing. We have evil bringing us down into a nation of laughable situations. We have leaders that make these situations possible. We need a revival. We need God but we have no one to blame for these situations but ourselves.

Revival: 1) Restoration to life, consciousness, vigor, strength, etc. 2) (law) The reestablishment of legal force and effect.

I’ve talked about time, sin, death, and, in a way, waiting for others to do things that we should be doing for ourselves. God will do what needs to be done in His own time and in His own way. If we do not have our life, our soul, in order, in the way the Lord commands, we will suffer greater than ever before.  Ezra knows God have not forsaken him although he has sinned, according to His commandments. But, like Job, he has faith in God. Do we? Will we forsake all others and follow His commandments? Will we open our eyes and follow the path of righteousness? Or will we follow the path of iniquity, knowing it is the wrong path but hoping for the best?

It is up to you whether you want to be on the right path or not. It is your life. It is all through the bible and spoken in many places many times. It is in the Old Testament and the New Testament. All you must do is read and God will give you the insight to understand. Closed eyes and closed minds will get you nowhere. Revive your mind and soul and follow the path of righteousness and live. The punishment of not following God’s commandments is death.


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