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In the Family of God

Pray, Seek, Turn

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 I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land. (2 Chronicles 7:14 NIV)

What does it mean to be called by his name? Another way of putting it may be “If my people, who carry my name” or “If my people, the ones who are part of my family” or “If my people, who are defined by Me.”

What does it mean to be God defined? To carry God’s name? To be a family member of God?

When the kids were teenagers and would leave the house, I would say to them “Remember, you are representing our family name.” That meant that they were to handle themselves with the same character and moral code that defined who we are.  Their actions reflected on all of us.

What if we thought the same about representing God? After all, we are his children. What if we remembered our Father’s character and acted on that instead of our own impulses?

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 I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land. (2 Chronicles 7:14)

I bet if we all acted like we belonged to God’s family, there would be a lot of healing going on.

–Elaine Kapetanakis

Written by Diane Levy

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