Reference: Jeremiah 5:1-6:30
God tells us that He will use a foreign power as His instrument of judgment against His people. He did this when He sent a mighty ancient nation to invade Judah, destroyed its crops, livestock, and overrun all its walled cities. I had picked out verses of Jeremiah 5:1-6:30 to make a short mention on this after a brief summary.
As we see, God's judgment is on both Judah and Israel. Many verses in the great book of Jeremiah also dealt on backsliding and backslidden Israel. At first, the Israelites ignored and laughed at the great prophet, but soon enough seemed to revolt when Jeremiah preached to them. Yet, God had, does and will always have the final say in all things no matter who is backslidden or refuses to go forward and live for Him. This book is my favorite and Jeremiah is my favorite major prophet. The Lord deals with me much in reading this book.
Now, let us look at the verse the Lord gave me. Jeremiah 5:25 - Your iniquities have turned away these things, and your sins have withholden good things from you.
(To save much time and deliberation, you will also need to read the whole chapter 5 plus chapter 6 as the above brief summary describes both chapters. Pray the Lord will show you what is needed for you to know.)
That verse is great to me because it tells me that our iniquities, sins, transgressions, and constant breaking of the Lord's commandments have turned us from the Lord God. He faithfully gives us life, new breath each day, and renewed personal revival inside us, too. He gives us the physical power to go on everyday to do the things He required us to do as His followers. Yet, because of these, we have turned from our Lord who has liberally given us ALL good things. He has lovingly given us so much, but we turn our backs on Him despite who He is. What He has done for us, and for what He has given us, we should be ashamed to ignore. Our wickedness, constant sins and transgressions have kept the Lord God, "the Holy One of Israel", from giving us the blessings that He wants us to have. Our rebellion, constant unfaithfulness, needless complaints, and nasty dispositions have separated us from the Holy God who wants to bless us. Because of the reasons above, He holds back much from us. He will deal with our backslidings as well. We will suffer the great and terrible consequences of our unconfessed sins if we would not come before His throne of grace and ask for mercy. We must submit and be subjected to His Son Jesus Christ who died on the cross for our sins and vileness. He will convict us terribly if we would refuse, deny, reject and disgard Him. He is holy, just, righteous, faithful, loving, merciful, full of truth, and full of grace. But, He is also full of anger and wrath if we would dare to abuse Him daily.
Friends, yet we take ALL God did for granted. HOW DARE US to do these to the one who gave His life for our rotten lives. It should of been each one of YOU and me on that cross! GOD will destroy all those whom He has given so much, yet refuse and reject His Son Jesus Christ till death.
Our wickedness, stinking pride and putrid sins will keep the Lord back from giving us all He loves to give us. He does want to bless and give us much so that we can give back even more to Him. Are you a follower of the Lord? Are you a doer? Do you give yourself to Him as the ultimate sacrifice?
The best thing you can give to the Lord is YOU to HIM each day. Live a surrendered, holy, and acceptable life to Him, if you are saved. Give yourself as a living sacrifice to the Lord in heaven. Let Him use you the way He wants to so that you can be better equiped in serving Him all the days of your life.
Do you want the devil to overrun you? Do you want to live for him and sin, without any remorse and conviction from the Lord? He will quench His Holy Spirit in you if you would backslide till your death. When You call upon Him, do not be surprised. He will not respond.
Yet, there is always hope in our Lord Jesus Christ. Those who are in the sewers of the gutter can still be saved. God can take them out from there and bring them to heaven after their acceptance (John 3:3), repentance (Luke 13:3,5), belief (Acts 16:31, John 3:16,17) and verbal admittance (Rom.10:9). It is just a matter of losing one's pride. Stop thinking you will get by with good works. The God-approved ones come only after salvation.
I pray the Lord will bless those who are serving Him faithfully. l also pray for those who are not saved yet that they will be convicted. I pray, too, that they would allow the Lord to save them because only Jesus can make them enter heaven and miss going to Hell, in Jesus name. Amen.
(c) December 12, 2010; Michael Carey