7 Steps to Turn America Back to God

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**Friend, if you do not believe in God and have no desire for our nation to reflect Christian values, then do not bother to read this post. It will do nothing but frustrate you and I have no desire to cause strife among those who do not believe as I do.

On the other hand, if you do agree with Christian values, then know that the following words are written in love and pointed more towards my own faults and failures than yours.

In His Grip,


“We are a Christian Nation!”



We are not.

Turn America Back to God

A majority of people in this country might *claim* to be Christians, but claiming and actually living it, are two different things.

So when “Christians” begin to complain about the video store down the street that sells pornography, or gripe about movie violence, or picket against abortion clinics, I want to ask them: What are YOU doing? What are YOU doing to change things in this country?

I don’t mean through government. When people finally realize that morality cannot be regulated, then that will be a good day. {Isn’t that what the law in the Old Testament was to do?}

HEARTS must change. HEARTS must become reflective of God’s morality. This is shown clearly in 2 Chronicles 29-31. And turning America back to God begins with YOU and me.

Here are 7 ways you can help turn America back to God:

1) Repent – King Hezekiah realized that his own father had been corrupt. During the first month of his reign he reopened the temple of Jerusalem. He established the priests and Levites. After consecrating themselves, they entered the Temple to return it back to its former glory. They were to “remove everything detestable from the holy place.” (2 Chronicles 29:5, HCSB)

What do you need to remove from the holy temple? Not a physical building, but your body, yourself, your soul. What have you filled it with? What do you put into it? For me, I’m a glutton. I do not eat healthy, even though I try. So I routinely fill my temple with unhealthy, fatty foods. I need to repent. Food has become a god for me.

What about you? What do you read? listen to? eat? speak? Ask God to search your heart and take what He reveals seriously.

2) Humble Yourself – Repenting of sin means we must humble ourselves before a holy God. King Hezekiah sent out invitations for all Israelites, in Israel and Judah, to come together and celebrate the Passover which had not been celebrated in years. The couriers traveled with the invitation…and they were laughed at and mocked. But! “Some from Asher, Manasseh, and Zebulun humbled themselves and came to Jerusalem.” (2 Chronicles 30:11, HCSB)

Either God is real, or He is not. Either God is holy, or He is not. If He is not, then it doesn’t matter how we live our lives. If He is, oh woe is us! We are unclean.

Jesus left the gates of heaven. He took off His royal robes, and put on humanity. If the Son of God humbled Himself, how much more should we?

Philippians 283) Gather with the People – I understand that there are no perfect churches, after all, they are made up of humans. However, God does not suggest that we gather with other believers. [Hebrews 10:25] He tells us to, so we can encourage each other. Life is hard. We need each other as we wait for Jesus to return.

Hezekiah knew this. He knew he needed his nation to be one people. So he had the Levites and the priests consecrate themselves. Then he had all of the princes consecrate themselves. Then he called all the people of Israel and Judah to assemble in Jerusalem. “Now many people were gathered at Jerusalem to celebrate the Feast of Unleavened Bread in the second month, a very large assembly.” (2 Chronicles 30:13, NASB)

Even this assembly at the temple was corrupt. Verse 17 tells us that there were people who were celebrating the Passover without being purified first. This was a no-no. But King Hezekiah recognized that it had been YEARS since this type of celebration had taken place and he prayed before God asking him to pardon those who, out of ignorance, had gone against the rules of the sanctuary. This pleased the Lord and He healed the people.

Are you a part of a church congregation? If not, what is your reasoning? We will be together in heaven rejoicing in front of Jesus one day, why not have a little bit of heaven on earth? Are churches perfect? No. Will there be bickering and negativity? Probably. But we must remember that our job is to proclaim Jesus. Just like Hezekiah, we cannot give up on our fellow church members. We should not throw daggers at them and spread gossip. Like the King, we must humble our hearts and pray for those who might be causing strife in the church.

4) Sacrifice your Best – “As soon as the order spread, the sons of Israel provided in abundance the first fruits of grain, new wine, oil, honey and of all the produce of the field; and they brought in abundantly the tithe of all. (2 Chronicles 31:5, NASB) Do you give your tithe? This does not mean money to charities, or to specific people in need. Do you give 10% of the first-fruits of your wages to the church? You should.

But money is tight right now,” you might say.

So what? Is your God so small that He can’t provide for you food, clothing, and shelter? The God I know has provided for every need I have ever had. My husband and I, since we were married and had NOTHING, have always given our tithe. Always. God has never let us down. We always had food to eat and money for the rent.

Get this:

“Since the contributions began to be brought into the house of the Lord, we have had enough to eat with plenty left over, for the Lord has blessed His people, and this great quantity is left over.” (2 Chronicles 31;10, NASB)

Is it possible that you, I, we are spoiled? God never asks us to do the easy thing. Where is the glory in that? God asks us to do the hard things, so He can do the impossible. Start this week by giving the tithe and see what happens. Sacrifice your best. You will not regret it.

5) Rejoice in the Lord – The people in Jerusalem were having such a fantastic time of worship, repentance, and cleansing that they continued for another seven days. Two weeks of amazing time with God’s people and God Himself.

Have you ever been on a Christian retreat? Marriage, Womens/Mens Ministry, Christian Camp, conferences, simulcasts…if you haven’t ever been to one, then you need to. You are missing out. I cannot imagine what two weeks worth of a retreat, or Christ-centered conference, would be like, but I bet it was amazing. The people of Israel and Judah were having such an great time that they extended their stay in Jerusalem. Who these days is willing to do that? We are too busy. We are too busy focused on things which have no eternal value.

“All the assembly of Judah rejoiced, with the priests and the Levites and all the assembly that came from Israel, both the sojourners who came from the land of Israel and those living in Judah. So there was great joy in Jerusalem, because there was nothing like this in Jerusalem since the days of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel.” (2 Chronicles 30:25-26)

Have you ever experienced this type of joy? There is nothing like it. Perhaps we need to be more willing to extend our time at church and not look at watches when noon arrives.

Isaiah 29196) Pray – After the cleansing, the sacrifices, and the praises, prayers were offered. The scriptures say, “Then the Levitical priests arose and blessed the people; and their voice was heard and their prayer came to His holy dwelling place, to heaven.” (2 Chronicles 30:27, NASB)

Do you ever wonder if God hears your prayers? Do you really want Him to? Many great figureheads of America are calling the church to prayer. This is great! However, if we are skipping out on the first 5 steps listed, then is God going to hear any of the prayers?

[If] my people who are called by My name humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin and will heal their land. (2 Chronicles 7:14, NASB)

Readers, God is so clear! He does not hide! If we want to turn America back to God, then we must humble ourselves, repent, sacrifice our best, gather with other believers for encouragement, send praises to the Lord, and pray, pray, pray!

7) Act and Serve – After we have completed the first 6 steps, only then, should we even contemplate action and service in the name of the Lord Jesus.

“Now when all this was finished, all Israel who were present went out to the cities of Judah, broke the pillars in pieces, cut down the Asherim and pulled down the high places and the altars throughout all Judah and Benjamin, as well as in Ephraim and Manasseh, until they had destroyed them all. Then all the sons of Israel returned to their cities, each to his possession.” (2 Chronicles 31:1, NASB)

What the Israelites did was no small feat! People had been worshiping in these high places for years. Why did they meet no opposition? Probably because either everyone was in agreement, or enough of a majority ruled that those who disagreed kept their mouths shut. And probably the mouths were shut because those people knew they were in the wrong.

Wouldn’t that be amazing to see in this country? People keeping their mouths shut?

There is one fact that I do not want you to miss: Judah followed their leader, their king, who had a heart for God.

Thus Hezekiah did throughout all Judah; and he did what was good, right and true before the Lord his God. Every work which he began in the service of the house of God in law and in commandment, seeking his God, he did with all his heart and prospered. (2 Chronicles 31:20-21, NASB)

Friends, if we want to take these steps to turn America back to God, then we need to be sure that we vote for a godly President as well. And if one is voted in who does not follow the ways of God, then we should be praying that God will change his heart.

I admit to you that I have failed at this. I have grumbled, acted, and complained. I have said quickie prayers for U.S. leadership, but I have not been down on my knees for them. I say that with shame, and I will endeavor to do better.

Quit pointing fingers, Church!! The blame-game started in the Garden of Eden and ended in the Garden of Gethsemane. We love to blame everyone else for the state of America when we should be looking internally at ourselves.

Take hold of the responsibility! Do not minimize the cross and what Jesus did!

Sin is awful and it must be dealt with. Jesus dealt with it.

He became our sin.

Your sin. My sin. And the sin of those who deny Him.

Do you want to help turn America back to God? Then search your heart. I need to search my heart as well.

**Linked with Faith Filled Fridays at Missional Women.


7 Steps to Turn America Back to God — 11 Comments

  1. Love your article!!! You are right on . . . it’s funny, I was just writing about the whole idea of giving for a devotional I am working on, and your point on giving went right along with what I was writing about!

    Keep up the great work with your blog & keep staying true to the Father!

  2. This was probably my favorite post of yours ever (and you’ve written a lot of fantastic ones!) Thank you for stressing the urgency that many in our country fail to see. We truly have been the “frog in the frying pan for decades” and then they wonder why our youth of today are so messed up?! Praise God for families such as yours, blessings,

  3. I enjoy all of your posts, but this one has convicted me in many ways ~ I agree witih Ellie, thank you for stressing the urgency because I for one have also allowed myself to be in the fog this past year and it is time for me to let of the excuses and move out of it. Powerful blog today.

  4. Thanks for sharing on Pintastic Pinteresting Party. This has been my hearts desire as well. We need to make a difference everyday and the first place we can make a difference is if we start making the difference in ourselves. God has radically changed me in the last 3 years. So this message is something that has been on my heart often.

  5. This is an excellently written call to repentance. I try and take each of these steps every day. Like you, my husband and I have tithed throughout our single and married lives and God has been faithful in such a way that our lives were part of our testimony. He is so good.

    I agree that all we can do at this point in our country’s history is what you have outlined above, I pray it influences many people. God bless,

  6. It sounds as though the Holy Spirit is speaking through you. There is great wisdom in your advice. I will do my bit for Australia. X

    • Thank you so much for your comment! I pray that the worldwide church would humble themselves and confess and turn back to the Lord. That must begin with me. I can’t wait to meet all of my Aussie brothers and sisters in Christ one day!!!

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