You Are Family
March 21, 2024
"If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land." 2 Chronicles 7:14
Each of us has a given name and a family name. Our given name is most of the time unique to us in our family so that it distinguishes us from our siblings and other relatives. Our family name signifies the family that we belong to. In some families there is an expectation to live up to the family name in one way or another. We who are Christians do not only have our family name, but we also have the name of Christ attached to us. Since we are Christians there are certain expectations because we are part of Christ's family. The Scripture reminds us that God said, if my people who are called by my name, would humble themselves and pray, seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from Heaven, and forgive their sins, and heal their land. I encourage you today that because you are a Christian and called by the name of God to humble yourself and pray. Since you are a Christian, you have access to the throne of grace that others who are not part of the family do not have. You can call on The Lord no matter what you are facing, and He will be there for you because you are called by His name. Do not be ashamed to approach the throne of grace knowing that The Lord hears you because you are called by His name. When you can humble yourself and pray, God hears you and like the loving Father He is, He will answer you. Seek God's face in all that you do, and know that no matter where you are, you can call on The Lord and He will be there for you, because you are family. I will humble myself and pray because I am called by His name, and no matter what I am facing I will seek His face, knowing that He will not only hear me but answer me. Since I will pray and seek Him through it all, I have no doubt, "It's My Year To Get My Thing From My God!"
Thank you, Lord, for allowing me to be a part of your family and being called by your name. Thank you for hearing me when I humble myself and pray, and thank you for answering me when I call on you. I love you Lord. In Jesus Name Amen.
Be Inspired, Rev. Dr. Stephen W. Pogue, Pastor
Greater Centennial A.M.E. Zion Church
Mount Vernon, NY