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and turn from their wicked ways;


The lying of the politician, the coverup of evil, the selling of influence to the highest bidder, the allowing of Americans to be in grave danger, be raped and killed due to political correctness, are ‘wicked ways’. Yet, another wickedness is to ‘love the lies’ and wickedness of those politicians.

To ‘turn from’ one’s wickedness, one must first have the emotional regret kind of repentance (metamelomai repentance), and then have the mental change of deciding that the sin is wrong (metanoeo repentance). Then one can have the epoistrephomai repentance of changing actions, changing from wicked ways, to righteous living. The whole person, emotions, feelings, mental decision making, and change of life style is involved in true repentance.

One cannot easily do this. For such changes from what the world calls normal, what the carnal, fleshly person our soul is calls ‘normal’ is extremely difficult.

We serve King Jesus, and this kind of service that it is, requires some decisionsthat are distasteful to mankind. To serve Jesus as ‘King’, we must first make ourselves His ‘servant’, ‘slave’.

We must accept Him as ‘Lord’ and several words are translated "Lord". The Greek word ‘kurios’ and ‘despotes’ are used to refer to the one who owns a slave.

Kurios is translated ‘Lord’ and means ‘one who has power, ownership, and unquestionable right to command. Another word for "Lord" is despotes. The word in our language of ‘despot’ has negative connotations. The Greek word refers to a ruler with absolute power over his subjects. Therefore, kurios means ‘sovereign lord’ and despotes means ‘absolute’ lord.

Jesus claimed to be ‘kurios’.

John 13:13 (KJV)

13 Ye call me Master (didaskalos, teacher) and Lord (kurios): and ye say well; for so I am.

Jude refers to his half brother, Jesus, as being both kurios and despotes.

Jude 1:4 (KJV)

4 For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God (despotes), and our Lord (kurios) Jesus Christ.

Both ‘kurios’ and ‘despotes’ are powerful words. Both were used to refer to slave owners. The slave was called the ‘doulos’, meaning one who had no rights, but was purchased and totally owned by the kulrios, or despotes. We find the idea of slavery to be abhorrent. Yet, we must remember, that we have a different kind of kurios, despotes, than the world has ever seen in the slavery of man over man.

Jesus not only deserves our total, unquestioning obedience, but He is so loving and merciful, that there is no better state in this universe than to have Him as our kurios, despotes.

Jesus questioned those of that time in Luke 6:46:

"And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?"

Many today call Him ‘Lord’, but do not mean ‘kurios’ or ‘despotes’ by the terminology, for they do not obey what He says.

We speak here of ‘King Jesus’, and what makes Him ‘King’ is that He is total ‘Lord’, kurios and despotes, Master of our lives. We are to obey Him, without question, for He is far superior in wisdom than we are. We are to trust Him with our lives, for He is more loving, more merciful, more giving than any other being in the universe. It is a joy to be a ‘doulos’ to Jesus. Any other relationship other than being totally His property would be a fearful thing. He is King, for He is our kurios, despotes.

1 Corinthians 7:22-23 (KJV)

22 For he that is called in the Lord, being a servant, is the Lord's freeman: likewise also he that is called, being free, is Christ's servant (doulos).

23 Ye are bought with a price; be not ye the servants of men.

There is no greater freedom, than to be the Lord’s ‘doulos’. There is a freedom in this ‘slavery’ to King Jesus that is unmatched by even the freest of those in the world. We should desire to be His slave, for He is loving, caring, protecting, providing, and blessing those that He paid such a price to purchase.

We are a ‘doulos’ servant to our King Jesus. This word ‘doulos’ described the lowest bond slave. A ‘doulos’ was forced to serve without wages, and had no rights, no standing. The translators of various versions of the Bible shied away from the word ‘slave’ since it implied a heartless, unfair, slave owner had control of the person. The abuses of mankind upon others in human slavery is contemptible and evil. Yet, Jesus chose to have the word ‘doulos’ and the words ‘kurios, despotes’ to refer to the kind of ownership the Lord claims. The obedience we should give to our Lord is that same kind as the ‘doulos’ had to give in slavery. Jesus is not like the human kurios though, He has the right to rule, but rules totally in a loving, giving, merciful manner.

The awesome Savior Who died for each of us, is our kurios, despotes. We do not have a loathsome slavery, we have a grand slavery where our deserved destruction that we deserved is has been mercifully done away, when Jesus paid the price to buy us from our judgment.

The Lord saw our despair and hopeless situation, in sin, and destined for hell fire. He paid the greatest of prices to redeem and purchase us from that destination. Now, we are purchased ‘doulos’ slaves to King Jesus. Therefore, in appreciation it is our ‘reasonable service’ to give total allegiance to Him and His will.

Romans 12:1-2 (KJV)

1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.

2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

Any choosing of not obeying His will is a ‘wickedness’ that even those ‘called by His name’ might do, but should not do. We should therefore ‘examine’ ourselves, and see if there is any wicked ways from which we should ‘turn’.

Now, in II Chronicles 7:14, the passage says we should ‘turn from our wicked ways’. To disobey our ‘kurios, despotes’ is a wicked way. To not find out His will and obey it is horribly wrong.

How can we, if we acknowledge Jesus is kurios, despotes, King, ever disobey or displease Him and feel justified? Any disobedience should be ‘turned away from’. This is a definition of repentance, to ‘turn away from’ sin. We should have an emotional, mental choice of not wanting to displease our King Jesus. Our deeds and words then will not be ‘wicked ways’.

Some serve Jesus and want to do it as though He were just an ‘advisor’ and sometimes heed His advice, sometimes go their own way. They vote for whom they choose, they believe what they choose to believe. If a politician wants to keep murder of the unborn legal, wants tax dollars to pay for those murders, and one chooses to vote for that person, they are partaking in their evil ways. That kind of serving of King Jesus is unacceptable to the Lord, and He commands we ‘turn from’ that wicked way.

This whole verse of II Chronicles 7:14 is written to ‘My people, called by My name’ says the Lord. So, even God’s people, can have ‘wicked ways’ from which we need to turn. Voting for a defiling of God’s marriage plan to include homosexuals who want to call themselves ‘married’ but are really in a perversion of God’s plan is not allowed by one serving King Jesus. He is the One we must look to, in order to know what is acceptable to Him. Our will, our ways, our ideas are to be His. We are the doulos, He is the kurios, despotes. We serve King Jesus. We don’t rule servant Jesus. We don’t just listen to advice from Advisor Jesus. We serve a King, a kurios Lord and Master, a despotes owner with absolute power. We must turn from what He calls ‘wicked ways’.

If we want the Lord to heal our land, we need to repent of evil and of wickedness, and turn from our wicked ways. Only then can God heal our land.

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