Two of the Godliest men in Scripture, and yet they each confess their own sins, rather then thinking that they had done nothing to contribute to God's Judgment on their people.
ALL of God's people need to DAILY search our own hearts (which can only be done by reading His Word and praying that the Holy Spirit would guide us into the truth and reveal it to us; and we each need to daily repent of our sins and our carnality and doing our own pleasure, and cry out that He would pour out His Holy Spirit upon all His people to bring us all to repentance... and if we do not, we shall surely be destroyed... and only a remnant will be saved (and it won't include those who thought they had done nothing requiring repentance, and it won't be those who are more concerned with the superbowl than they are the daily rape and murder and perversion and abuses and injustices against our people across the globe). Who else will stand in the gap...?
Choose you this day. We all often choose our own delusions. They are a form of escapism: denial; irresponsibility. God said the curse causeless shall not come. Likewise, blessing and deliverance will not come unwarranted. Which do you want...? Curse or blessing/deliverance. You reap what you sow. Your daily actions prove which you have chosen. If God's people had be / were fulfilling their God-appointed role as Light, Salt, Watchmen on the Wall, evil would not have overtaken Christendom to the point that Christendom is about to be toppled by Islam, Zionism, and the rest of the savage Third World (Asia, Hispania, India, Africa, etc.).
And yet the majority are either in utter decadent unconcern, blending in with the world to the point they are unrecognizable, or they are in profound and pious denial—psychotic delusion—as if they actually had a "mental break" from reality, and are so out of touch they think we are going to rise up and set our own house in order. We didn't do it when were were 90%, we didn't do it when we were 50% and we sure as hell are not going to do it when we are 10% because GOD IS NOT WITH US until we REPENT... just look around anywhere... the writing is on the wall... Mene, Mene Tekel Upharsin. You have been weighed in the balance, you have been found severely under the required weight for deliverance, the kingdom shall be taken from you. Numbers don't matter since God is Supreme, but it seems He is whittling down the congregation of His people to ALMOST NOTHING--until all the chaff has been beaten and blown away and consigned to the flames... before He delivers His true tiny remnant who ARE on their knees before Him. Rend your hearts and not [merely] your garments; and those who don't even go through the motions, the hypocrisy of rending their garments, well, they will be the first sacrificed to the barbarians when they overtake us like a flood.
1The words of Nehemiah the son of Hachaliah. And it came to pass in the month Chisleu, in the twentieth year, as I was in Shushan the palace,
2That Hanani, one of my brethren, came, he and certain men of Judah; and I asked them concerning the Jews that had escaped, which were left of the captivity, and concerning Jerusalem.
3And they said unto me, The remnant that are left of the captivity there in the province are in great affliction
and reproach: the wall of Jerusalem also is broken down, and the gates thereof are burned with fire.
4And it came to pass, when I heard these words, that I sat down and wept, and mourned certain days, and fasted, and prayed before the God of heaven,
5And said, I beseech thee, O LORD God of heaven, the great and terrible God, that keepeth covenant and mercy for them that love him and observe his commandments:
6Let thine ear now be attentive, and thine eyes open, that thou mayest hear the prayer of thy servant,
which I pray before thee now, day and night, for the children of Israel thy servants, and confess the sins of the children of Israel, which we have sinned against thee: both I and my father’s house have sinned.
7We have dealt very corruptly against thee, and have not kept the commandments, nor the statutes,
nor the judgments, which thou commandedst thy servant Moses.
8Remember, I beseech thee, the word that thou commandedst thy servant Moses, saying, If ye transgress, I will scatter you abroad among the nations:
9But if ye turn unto me, and keep my commandments, and do them; though there were of you cast out unto the uttermost part of the heaven, yet will I gather them from thence, and will bring them unto the place that I have chosen to set my name there.
10Now these are thy servants and thy people, whom thou hast redeemed by thy great power, and by thy strong hand.
11O Lord, I beseech thee, let now thine ear be attentive to the prayer of thy servant, and to the prayer of thy servants, who desire to fear thy name: and prosper, I pray thee, thy servant this day, and grant him mercy in the sight of this man. For I was the king’s cupbearer.
13As it is written in the law of Moses, all this evil is come upon us: yet made we not our prayer before the LORD our God, that we might turn from our iniquities, and understand thy truth.
14Therefore hath the LORD watched upon the evil, and brought it upon us: for the LORD our God is righteous in all his works which he doeth: for we obeyed not his voice.
15And now, O Lord our God, that hast brought thy people forth out of the land of Egypt with a mighty hand, and hast gotten thee renown, as at this day; we have sinned, we have done wickedly.
16O Lord, according to all thy righteousness, I beseech thee, let thine anger and thy fury be turned away from thy city Jerusalem, thy holy mountain: because for our sins, and for the iniquities of our fathers, Jerusalem and thy people are become a reproach to all that are about us.
17Now therefore, O our God, hear the prayer of thy servant, and his supplications, and cause thy face to shine upon thy sanctuary that is desolate, for the Lord’s sake.
18O my God, incline thine ear, and hear; open thine eyes, and behold our desolations, and the city which is called by thy name: for we do not present our supplications before thee for our righteousnesses, but for thy great mercies.
19O Lord, hear; O Lord, forgive; O Lord, hearken and do; defer not, for thine own sake, O my God: for thy city and thy people are called by thy name.
20And whiles I was speaking, and praying, and confessing my sin and the sin of my people Israel, and presenting my supplication before the LORD my God for the holy mountain of my God