This is a part of a series
- The beast that I saw in a vision (financial crisis)
- The beast vision – part 2, the explanation
- The beast vision – part 3, Sow for yourselves righteousness
- The beast vision – part 4, the long term solution
The current post begins here…
In this post I explain the solution.
The beast and the meat, these are not the core problems, they are merely the “bad fruit” on the tree. So what is the core problem? What is causing the tree to produce such bad fruit as we are seeing now?
I invite you to watch this video which I made: Prayer and faith has a positive effect on the health of society – proof
So what is the problem? The problem is sin and death. We commit sins and the consequence of sin is death. Death in our lives… needing more and more mental and physical health investment… death in our businesses and homes and in our society.
We have been sinning… I have too, Im not immune or perfect. We have entire industries and cities dedicated to helping you and me sin. They dont care about the spiritual death which is unleashed.
In fact, on the contrary… the devil USES the death which is unleashed.
so that by his death he might destroy him who holds the power of death–that is, the devil— – Heb 2:14
so it should be no wonder that the devil encourages sin and more sin and greater amounts of sin, because it grows his power in this world.
Non-Christians and Christians alike might struggle to believe that in the short term we can help ourselves…
Sow for yourselves righteousness,
reap the fruit of unfailing love, and break up your unplowed ground; for it is time to seek the LORD,
until He comes and showers righteousness on you” – Hosea 10:12
Prayer, worship and good behaviour is one way of “sowing righteousness for ourselves”. Revival is coming when He will POUR righteousness down on us, but we are not there yet… for right now we must busy ourselves with sowing righteousness for ourselves.
What are the benefits of righteousness?
There are many benefits… while other areas are flattened by (spiritual) hail and they become wastelands, you will be able to have peace, be secure, undisturbed, sowing your seed (meaning business, growth)…
The Lord’s justice will dwell in the desert,
his righteousness live in the fertile field.
17 The fruit of that righteousness will be peace;
its effect will be quietness and confidence forever.
18 My people will live in peaceful dwelling places,
in secure homes,
in undisturbed places of rest.
19 Though hail flattens the forest
and the city is leveled completely,
20 how blessed you will be,
sowing your seed by every stream,
and letting your cattle and donkeys range free.
– Isaiah 32:15-20
What does SOWING righteousness actually LOOK like?
Sowing righteousness in the USA…
Sowing righteousness in Uganda…
Uganda’s president publicly repents for nation’s sins – November 29, 2012
“Father God in heaven, today we stand here as Ugandans, to thank you forUganda. We are proud that we are Ugandans and Africans. We thank you for all your goodness to us.
“I stand here today to close the evil past and especially in the last 50 years of our national leadership history and at the threshold of a new dispensation in the life of this nation. I stand here on my own behalf and on behalf of my predecessors to repent. We ask for your forgiveness,” Museveni said.
“We confess these sins, which have greatly hampered our national cohesion and delayed our political, social and economic transformation.”
Next, President Museveni got specific in his acknowledgement of sinful activity.
“We confess sins of idolatry and witchcraft which are rampant in our land. We confess sins of shedding innocent blood, sins of political hypocrisy, dishonesty, intrigue and betrayal.
“Forgive us of sins of pride, tribalism and sectarianism; sins of laziness, indifference and irresponsibility; sins of corruption and bribery that have eroded our national resources; sins of sexual immorality, drunkenness and debauchery; sins of unforgiveness, bitterness, hatred and revenge; sins of injustice, oppression and exploitation; sins of rebellion, insubordination, strife and conflict.”
The president then asked God for a new beginning:
“These sins and many others have characterized our past leadership, especially the last 50 years of our history. Lord forgive us and give us a new beginning. Give us a heart to love you, to fear you and to seek you. Take away from us all the above sins.
“We pray for national unity. Unite us as Ugandans and eliminate all forms of conflict, sectarianism and tribalism. Help us to see that we are all your children, children of the same Father. Help us to love and respect one another and to appreciate unity in diversity.
“We pray for prosperity and transformation. Deliver us from ignorance, poverty and disease. As leaders, give us wisdom to help lead our people into political, social and economic transformation.”
To close his remarkable prayer, Museveni dedicated Uganda to God:
“We want to dedicate this nation to you so that you will be our God and guide. We want Uganda to be known as a nation that fears God and as a nation whose foundations are firmly rooted in righteousness and justice to fulfill what the Bible says in Psalm 33:12: Blessed is the nation, whose God is the Lord. A people you have chosen as your own.
“I renounce all the evil foundations and covenants that were laid in idolatry and witchcraft. I renounce all the satanic influence on this nation. And I hereby covenant Uganda to you, to walk in your ways and experience all your blessings forever.
“I pray for all these in the name of the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen.”
And let me be very clear on this, what Uganda is doing is only a “good start”, it is not the finish line. It is a foundation to build upon. This step is sowing righteousness for Uganda, but much more is needed.
Sowing righteousness in Namibia…
The Ondonga Traditional Authority (OTA) in Namibia said that it is time for the country to look back to its religious roots. Bible study has not been permitted in schools ever since the African country won independence and declared itself to be a secular state.
Sowing righteousness in South Africa…
Heavens open at moving climax of dedication of provinces, nation to Lord – December 5, 2012
On Sunday (December 2) Christians gathered at the Union Buildings, Pretoria, to dedicate Gauteng and South Africa to the Lord in prayer. The event was the climax of a countrywide prayer campaign that was launched after the African National Congress dedicated South Africa to ancestors in January. Three people who attended Sunday’s prayer event, share their impressions.
by Pastor Graham Barlin
Following the pattern adopted by all the other eight provinces in the land over the past year as they were successively dedicated to God, the programme included the following five steps:
1) The declaration of the Lordship of Jesus Christ
2) The repentance from all known iniquities that prevail historically in the given region
3) The renunciation of all known evil covenants that have been entered into by the inhabitants of the land
4) The establishment of the New Covenant we have in Jesus Christ as symbolised by the taking of Holy Communion
5) The dedication of the land, its peoples, institutions, resources and products to God for the extension of His Kingdom on this earth.
by Pastor Rachael Olusegun
The meeting was declared open by the master of ceremonies, Mangaliso Matshobane and the shofars were blown to gather the crowd and signifying the beginning of the meeting.
Worship and repentance sessions were led by individuals from different sectors of society. The repentance was deep and heartfelt. This was done for one hour. Thereafter renunciation of ancient covenants was done and communion was served. A dedication offering was taken and will be sent to Israel to proclaim that the resources of this land, belong to the God of Israel.
Hereafter different sectors of society were dedicated to God by representatives of the four people groups in South Africa, namely the native Africans, the first nation people group, Caucasian African group and the Indian African group. Soil was exchanged by the various representatives of the people groups to one another to symbolically declare that:
1. The land belongs to God
2. The land is big enough for all of us to live in.
3. We shall no longer kill each other for land
4. To bless each other and say that ‘you and your people must live on this land and prosper.’
It was special to see that all the people groups, which live in South Africa, were represented on the day of the dedication. Also, the exchange of soil among the elders from the different people groups, were very powerful. This was a declaration of a spiritual transaction which was made and affects this nation personally. This especially stood out for me from the whole day.
by Denise Nortje
It was awesome that every sector of the society was present and repented of the sins on behalf of their sector or people group. Listening to the crimes/sins people repented of was actually horrifying and it made me grateful for the Lord’s grace thus far. I also have a much clearer picture of why this country is in the mess that it is in. Now I am excited to see the effects of the prayer in our country and I truly hope that people will turn to the Lord Jesus Christ.
After every group repented we partook in communion which was truly special. What stood out for me was the various ethnic groups taking soil and declaring that we are breaking with the covenants made at the Voortrekker and Freedom Park Monuments and saying/declaring that we do not have to kill each other to live in this beautiful country of ours.
Other links to consider… each separate region was dedicated separately…
- Call for WC Christians to participate in dedication of province to God
- Free State dedicated to Jesus Christ
- Gauteng, SA to be dedicated to Lord on Sunday
- Cold weather but warm hearts as E.Cape dedicated to Jesus
- Provinces dedicated to Jesus in run-up to national dedication
- ANC dedication of SA to ancestors sparks major national prayer initiative
A real spiritual impact that I could feel!
My own experience was that on the monday, the day after the national dedication on the sunday, I wrote on my fb how I sensed silence in Heaven… here is a snapshot.
The point I am making is that the dedication was a massive spiritual event.
But we need these same events in every country, every city, on every building in that city (if the building was dedicated to anyone other than Jesus Christ), every home. Please consider reading Josiah’s Reform by Billy Humphrey of Kansas City IHOP (International House of Prayer).
But. This is not the long term solution. God showed me that this type of repentance is short lived. We need something bigger and deeper for a long lasting change. To describe that I wrote the following post:
We need this spiritual change of atmosphere. Our countries and economies need it. Let us sow righteousness for ourselves.