Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Jeremiah Today

"They will fight against you, but they will not overcome you, for I am with you," says ADONAI, "to rescue you."
Jeremiah 1:19

I often times feel like Jeremiah on Facebook.  Jeremiah was given a task that seemed impossible, to warn Israel what they were doing was wrong, and knowing no one would listen to him.  A grieving prophet for his people.  I try to show the world the direction they're heading is the wrong path.  It's a path towards destruction, partly because I've been down that path and I know others who have been down that path.  It nearly destroyed us.  So many of us are warning people and trying to help people get back on the right track, but we are not listened to.  For some, they can handle this just fine, but it grieves me.  We're called all sorts of horrible, hateful things, and told how unloving we are.  But the truth is, we are warning because we love!  If you saw a child getting ready to put their finger on a hot stove would you tell them to stop or allow them to burn themselves?  You would warn the child to not touch the hot stove or they'll hurt themselves.  What we're warning people is even more serious than a child burning themselves on a hot stove though.  People are seriously offending God and don't even care.  They do it right in his face with their noses high in the air and oh so proud of themselves, flaunting themselves as if they're gods themselves!
"Look at me, I can do this in God's face and not get struck down by lightening!  He must not care!  Hell, he must not even exist!  I'm a god in my own way!"  That is how the world thinks.  But let me tell you this, He's VERY patient, and you're only going to get by with what you're doing for so long that it'll eventually catch up with you.  If not in this life, it will in the next.  He's a just God, and whatever injustice or abominable thing you are doing, whatever repulsive or offensive thing you are doing, He will deal justice.

But fear not, if you truly regret what you have done and want to change, if you want to please God, He is merciful.  It is possible to change, you are never too far gone.   God will forgive you for anything you've EVER done and EVER will do.  You just have to ask him.

"For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more."
- Hebrews 8:12

If you're like me, and you've been warning people but it seems like no one is listening, and you're feeling weary and you're grieving for this world, keep these words Jesus said in mind:
"I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world."
- John 16:33
We're going to have trials and sorrows.  People aren't going to listen to us.  There were people who didn't even listen to Jesus!  If they didn't listen to him, why would everyone listen to us?  But we can still have peace, because Christ has overcome the world.  Keep in mind, one day,

...at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth.
- Philippians 2:10

Some day, every one will know He is King, whether they like it or not.  We're just the messengers.  No matter what people say to you, no matter what they call you, no matter what they do to you, remember, God is a just God and He will serve justice.  Let's make sure though, that we give the message in love still.  Our warnings need to always be in love.  Always examine your heart and make sure your heart is in the right place.  If it's not, ask God to put it in the right place.  We can't give up.  No matter how hopeless it seems, we have to continue to warn people.  We have to give other people a chance to repent and change their ways!  You would want the same done for you, do the same for others!

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