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Where Change Really Begins

Our spiritual problems can only be solved by the God who created us.

Observant people are unanimous in the opinion that the moral disintegration of this generation is a result of a materialistic philosophy. The Word of God says, “They sow the wind, and reap the whirlwind” (Hosea 8:7).

The immutable law of “sowing and reaping” has held sway. We are now the unhappy possessors of a harvest of moral depravity, and we seek in vain for a cure. The weeds of indulgence have overgrown the wheat of moral restraint. All humanity is guilty.

But as a minister of the Gospel, I am an optimist. The world’s problems are big, but God is bigger! If we will dare to take God into account, confess our sin and rely unreservedly upon Him for wisdom, guidance and strength, our problems can be solved.

David, king of ancient Israel, found himself in the midst of a confused national situation. His kingdom was torn by internal strife. Slave hated master; master hated slave. People blamed the government; government blamed the people. David’s nation stood on the brink of a perilous civil war.

David knew that if the tide of sin continued to rise, his nation would collapse spiritually. He knew that economic depression, moral disintegration or military defeat inevitably follow spiritual decline.

So David did what all intelligent people should do when they reach the end of their rope—he turned to God. The Spirit of God revealed to him that the spiritual tide of his nation could rise no higher than the spiritual level of his own heart. So he fell on his knees in utter humility and prayed: “Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me, and know my anxieties; And see if there is any wicked way in me, And lead me in the way everlasting” (Psalm 139:23-24).

If only we today could realize that a nation can rise no higher, can be no stronger and be no better than the individuals that compose that nation! If the world is bad, it is the people who are bad. If the world is confused, it is the people in the world who are confused. If this is a godless world, it is the people who are godless.
David realized this truth; and in wisdom, he concluded that he should start making things right in himself!

*Series study on ‘Where change really begins’ courtesy Dr. Billy Graham.

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