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Cape Cod Sacred Assembly preparation, Day 20
 

 "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, forgive their sin, and heal their land" 2 Chron
7:14

Day 20 - Immorality

And I gave her time to repent for her sexual immorality, and she did
not repent. Indeed I will cast her into a sick bed, and those who
commit adultery with her into great tribulation, unless they repent of
their deeds. (Rev. 2:21)

The Church in recent years has been riddled with accusations of
immorality among leaders. Hardly a week goes by that we don't hear a
charge of sexual abuse, corruption or moral failure among members of
the clergy. The Lord is exposing our sin, just as the prophet Hosea
warned: "I will uncover her lewdness in the sight of her lovers..."
Hosea (2:10)

The immorality in the Church has weakened our authority to speak about
issues like morality, honesty and trust. Why should the world believe
our message? Churches are either ignoring their basic tenets of faith
or simply rewriting them to suit their compromised position on
morality.
Jesus gives us a sober warning! He makes clear that there are serious
consequences for the church that condones immorality. He warns the
unrepentant church of the consequences of sickness and tribulation!

Prayer Points:

ยท Jesus, I repent for sexual immorality in my life. Forgive me for
lusting with my eyes, my thoughts, & my actions. Be ruthless with my
heart and mind. Help me to walk in purity, holiness, &
righteousness.

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These devotionals are written by Rhonda Hughey. Here is a quote from
her book "Desperate for His Presence", published by Bethany House
Publishers:

"The pursuit of God's Presence is not a means to an end. It is the
end! What we are talking about is not a formula for how to be more
effective in ministry. It is the core of our existence and the purpose
of our life. We exist to know Him, to worship Him, and to reflect His
beauty to the world around us!
God is waiting and longing for us to experience an awareness of His
Presence. Knowing His Presence in theory but not in experience is not
biblical faith. It is religion only. We have the privilege as
believers to know and experience the tangible Presence of God.
In "The Pursuit of God", A.W.Tozer makes a contrast between being in
the Presence of God positionally and experiencing His Presence
actually. He goes on to say that, as a result of settling for the
positional Presence of God only, contentment takes the place of
burning hearts and fervent zeal for the Lord. 'The church then settles
for only an intellectual knowledge of God and remains unconcerned
about the absence of personal experience' "


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