I praise You, our Father in Heaven, for it was impossible for death to hold Jesus Christ in its power; and that You have raised Him from the dead to be my Lord and Saviour. As Colossians 1:13-14 says, “He has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into His Kingdom of the Son He loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.” Thanks be to You O’ God!
In John 8:31-32, Jesus said to the Jews who had believed in him, and now also says to all who believe in Him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
Over the last several days, my spirit has been heavy and the words of God came to me, “Come to ME, turn back to ME; for I AM the truth and the way. Pour your heart to Me, rest on ME; for I AM your hope in your trials and answer in your struggles. I will deliver you and set you free. Live in ME as I live in you, for I am your blessed inheritance. You who seek my face and righteousness shall be saved.” It was and is as Micah 7:18 asked: “Who is a God like you, pardoning iniquity and passing over transgression for the remnant of his inheritance? He does not retain his anger forever, because he delights in steadfast love.”
I hear our sovereign and loving Lord calling out to ALL. Our God is not a God who loses heart for He does not want to see anyone perish. As Second Peter 3:9 reads: “The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.” This is an awakening call to all to “Rise up!”
To the lost and the obstinate unbelievers, the unrepentant :– Jesus says to them in Matthew 13:19, “When anyone hears the word of the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what has been sown in his heart. This is what was sown along the path.”
This is further confirmed in Second Corinthians 4:3-6 which says, “And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled only to those who are perishing. In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. For what we proclaim is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, with ourselves as your servants for Jesus’s sake. For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.”
To the backslidden, the prodigal sons and daughters :– the unrepentant, those who have fallen back to their old ways of life – fallen back into temptations and darkness, fallen into the deception of the evil one and worldly living.
Jesus warns in Matthew 18:6-8, “but whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a great millstone fastened around his neck and to be drowned in the depth of the sea. Woe to the world for temptations to sin! For it is necessary that temptations come, but woe to the one by whom the temptation comes! And if your hand or your foot causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life crippled or lame than with two hands or two feet to be thrown into the eternal fire.”
Deuteronomy 8:19 reminds us, “And if you forget the LORD your God and go after other gods and serve them and worship them, I solemnly warn you today that you shall surely perish.”
To the “lukewarm” believers :– those who take things for granted and do not place God as their priority in their life. Those who had forgotten what the Lord had done for them in their past till this day. Those who lack faith. Those to whom Jesus says in Revelation 3:16, “I will spit you out of my mouth. For you say, I am rich, I have prospered, and I need nothing, not realizing that you are wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked.”
To the struggling people of God :– those who are struggling with sin, the unrepentant. Those who have been relying on their own strength to solve their own problems, those who say that they trust God but the words of their mouth do not match with their actions.
Hebrews 12:4-8 says, “In your struggle against sin you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood. And have you forgotten the exhortation that addresses you as sons? My son, do not regard lightly the discipline of the Lord, nor be weary when reproved by him. For the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and chastises every son whom he receives. It is for discipline that you have to endure. God is treating you as sons. For what son is there whom his father does not discipline? If you are left without discipline, in which all have participated, then you are illegitimate children and not sons.”
The Lord says in Revelation 2:5, “Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent, and do the works you did at first. If not, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place, unless you repent.”
To those who are asleep :- Proverbs 6:9-11 asks: “How long will you lie there, O sluggard? When will you arise from your sleep? A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest, and poverty will come upon you like a robber, and want like an armed man.” If laziness turns us from our responsibilities, poverty may soon bar us from the legitimate rest we should enjoy.
To the true believers of God :– “Continue to seek My face and live, says the Lord.” The promise of the Lord is, for Jesus says in Matthew 6:33, “But seek first the Kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” God gave His assurance in Psalm 125:3, “For the rod of the wicked shall not rest on the lot of the righteous; lest the righteous put forth their hands to iniquity.”
Today, with increasing darkness in our midst and in times of great stress and affliction, many are still living in captivity and deception. The unbelievers, the obstinate, the ignorant, and sad to say that in some cases, even believers are deceived into accepting all that is happening around us, as a way of life – the land and sea disasters; wars and civil unrest; loss of life, unclean politics in their our own lands and among the nations; the widening gap between the rich and the poor; hunger for and abuse of power; oppression and persecution; corruption and injustice; famine, drought and plague; crop failure; sickness and disease; idol worship; religious, legalistic and ritualistic worship; failures and defeat; poverty; fears; resentment and hostilities; crime and murder; fraud; sexual misconduct; social and relational problems, wickedness and ungodliness have inflicted many and destroyed relationships, families, society, businesses, governments and nations. It is as if we are in ‘damage-control mode’ and have ignored and undermined the existence and the truth of who God is.
Humility, our entire dependence on God, is the root of every virtue. It is our pride and our loss of humility, which is the root of every sin and evil. Zephaniah 2:3 reads: “Seek the LORD, all you humble of the land, who do his just commands; seek righteousness; seek humility; perhaps you may be hidden on the day of the anger of the LORD.” Such simple and such profound words, just for us!
Pursue God with all your heart in true worship, for the Lord rejects idolatrous sacrifice and ritualistic worship, all of which is meaningless and worthless to Him, as Amos 4:4-5 reads:
“Come to Bethel, and transgress; to Gilgal, and multiply transgression; bring your sacrifices every morning, your tithes every three days; offer a sacrifice of thanksgiving of that which is leavened, and proclaim freewill offerings, publish them; for so you love to do, O people of Israel!” declares the Lord GOD.”
Pursue God with all your heart in true worship as Amos 4:6-9 says,
“I gave you cleanness of teeth in all your cities, and lack of bread in all your places, yet you did not return to me,” declares the LORD. “I also withheld the rain from you when there were yet three months to the harvest; I would send rain on one city, and send no rain on another city; one field would have rain, and the field on which it did not rain would wither; so two or three cities would wander to another city to drink water, and would not be satisfied; yet you did not return to me,” declares the LORD. “I struck you with blight and mildew; your many gardens and your vineyards, your fig trees and your olive trees the locust devoured; yet you did not return to me,” declares the LORD.”
No matter how God warned the people—through famine, drought, blight, locusts, plagues, or war—they still ignored him. Because the Israelites just didn’t get the messages from God, or from His Prophets, they became destined to have to meet God face to face, in judgement. No longer could they ignore God; they would have to face the one they had rejected, the one they had refused to obey when he commanded them to care for the poor. As Amos 4:10-13 says:
“I sent among you a pestilence after the manner of Egypt; I killed your young men with the sword, and carried away your horses, and I made the stench of your camp go up into your nostrils; yet you did not return to me,” declares the LORD. I overthrew some of you, as when God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah, and you were as a brand plucked out of the burning; yet you did not return to me,” declares the LORD. “Therefore thus I will do to you, O Israel; because I will do this to you, prepare to meet your God, O Israel! For behold, he who forms the mountains and creates the wind, and declares to man what is his thought, who makes the morning darkness, and treads on the heights of the earth– the LORD, the God of hosts, is his name!”
One day, we too will all meet God face to face to give account for what we have done or refused to do. Will we turn back to Him before it is too late? Are we prepared to meet Him? Are you prepared to meet Him?
I believe God gave me this Word because He loves us and does not want to see anyone perish. Let those who have eyes, see and; let those who have ears, hear! Lord, in your wrath, please have mercy!
Do not lose heart, servants of the Lord! Pray and persevere, as we bear witness to the lost and share the good news of how God has changed our hearts and how our lives have transformed. We must just do our part, with love and compassion; and the good Lord will do the rest, for nothing is impossible for Almighty God! I was once lost, and it is purely by God’s grace and power that I am saved! It is all about You, Lord, and not about me!
The Lord has not given up on the backslidden. Let us pray for the prodigal sons and daughters to come home. Do not give up on them but continue to pray that the Lord will turn things around, and what seems to be a disappointment, will turn into a great testimony of His grace! Press on!
Take courage in the Lord to share the Word, the power of God with the lukewarm. Challenge them as Jesus challenged. Pray for them, that in God’s time, He who upholds all things by the Word of His power, will give them a revelation and breakthrough which will change their lives forever!
Do not be too quick to judge, for as we do, we too will be judged. Instead, show compassion and pray for God to heal and deliver His struggling people. God shall judge the righteous and the wicked; for there is a time for every purpose and for every work.
Psalm 7:8-12 reads: Jehovah shall judge the people; judge me, O Jehovah, according to my righteousness, and according to my integrity on me. O let the wickedness of the wicked come to an end, but establish the just. For the righteous God tries the minds and hearts. My defense is from God, who saves the upright in heart. God judges the righteous, and God is angry with the wicked every day. If he does not turn, He will whet His sword; He has bent His bow and made it ready.
As humility, our entire dependence on God, is the root of every virtue; let us be constantly reminded that our pride and our loss of humility is the root of every sin and evil. Therefore, let us now in true humility, obedience and true submission to God, pray that He may in His grace and power, set all captives free.
I believe God gave me this Word because He loves us and does not want to see anyone perish. Let those who have eyes, see and; let those who have ears, hear!
God rewards those who earnestly seek Him. Without faith, it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him.
Amen and Amen and Amen!