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Today is Earth Day. Today is also, and more importantly, Good Friday. At first it bothered me that the two corresponded, but in a moment of God reminding me of His awesomeness, He showed me something cool.

He reminded me of 2 Chronicles 7:14, “If my people, who are called by my name, will 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.”

I realized something. All over the place people are pushing for Earth Day. Which can be a good thing. We want to take care of what we’ve been given. We want to learn how to be good stewards, and raising awareness of how to do this is awesome. We want a good future not only for ourselves, but for our children, grandchildren, and so on.

So often it seems that many who are “pushing a greener agenda” and Christians (who many consider to be pushing their own agenda) are fighting each other. But what no one seems to realize is we all want the same thing.

God WANTS to heal our land. If it’s not obvious enough to everyone here that our world isn’t doing so hot, it’s even more obvious to Him. We have had countless earthquakes, tsunami’s and other natural disasters all over the world. Something’s gotta give.

And as much as I do think recycling and making sure we aren’t so wasteful is a great thing to do, and necessary, the real issue here isn’t just our habits. We can work and promote hard to try to change the habits of others, but the real issue is in the heart. And only God deals with the heart. In this verse God calls us to turn from our wicked ways and seek Him. THEN He will heal our land. Our hearts are our number one concern, but clearly the land He’s given us is a concern as well.

Pushing for people to change their ways may help a little, but God will change the heart. And where it starts is with those who already claim to know Him. “If my people called by My name…”

God also reminded me of Romans 8:19, “The earth groans for the sons of God to be revealed.”  It may be even better understood when said this way, “For all creation is waiting eagerly for the day when God will reveal who His children really are.”

The earth can’t get better until the people get right with God, and the people can’t get right with God if those of us who know God don’t get right with Him first!

We are MADE to bring healing, life, and light wherever we go. The earth is literally BEGGING for us to do this! When we are walking right with God, nothing is impossible. We can tell the mountains to go into the sea if we want (Matthew 21:21) so why are we not bringing healing to our land and most importantly our people?

“How does Good Friday tie in with this?” you may ask. Well, without Christ dying on the cross and shedding His blood for our sins, their is no rightness with God. There is no healing power in us because we wouldn’t be able to have Christ dwell in us. Jesus’ blood not only brings healing to our hearts, but to our land.

I am SO EXCITED it’s within our reach to help this world, on every level, be healed. God’s heart is to not only see His people restored to Him, but the environment restored to the way it was meant to be as well. Probably even better than it was to begin with!

What can wash away my sin? Nothing but the blood of Jesus…

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