A Sobering Word for this Hour

February 25, 2016

 

Jeremiah 14: 2-7

“Judah mourns, her cities languish; they wail for the land, and a cry goes up from Jerusalem. 3 The nobles send their servants for water; they go to the cisterns but find no water. They return with their jars unfilled; dismayed and despairing, they cover their heads. 4 The ground is cracked because there is no rain in the land; the farmers are dismayed and cover their heads. 5 Even the doe in the field deserts her newborn fawn 

because there is no grass. 6 Wild donkeys stand on the barren heights and pant like jackals; their eyesight fails for lack of pasture.” 7 Although our sins testify against us, O LORD, do something for the sake of your name. For our backsliding is great; we have sinned against you.”

A Sobering Word for this Hour

Our morals and our center for godliness have been sliding for some time.  Now we find ourselves in the mire and the quicksand of our past deeds and ways.  Our sin cries out against us and yet we do not turn from our wicked ways.  The Spirit of the Lord is moving across this land searching for those whose hearts are perfect toward Him.  Famine and judgement have entered the land, but His eye searches for the people who have not forsaken His ways and who cleave to Him with all of their heart.  

Natural resources are drying up.  The days of plenty are passing away.  God alone is your resource and your provision.  Indeed it is the day of the warning that was given through Solomon to Israel, ““When I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or command locusts to devour the land or send a plague among my people, 14 if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land. 15 Now my eyes will be open and my ears attentive to the prayers offered in this place. 16 I have chosen and consecrated this temple so that my Name may be there forever. My eyes and my heart will always be there. 

17 “As for you, if you walk before me as David your father did, and do all I command, and observe my decrees and laws, 18 I will establish your royal throne, as I covenanted with David your father when I said, ‘You shall never fail to have a man to rule over Israel.’

“But if you turn away and forsake the decrees and commands I have given you and go off to serve other gods and worship them, 20 then I will uproot Israel from my land, which I have given them, and will reject this temple I have consecrated for my Name. I will make it a byword and an object of ridicule among all peoples. 21 And though this temple is now so imposing, all who pass by will be appalled and say, ‘Why has the LORD done such a thing to this land and to this temple?’ 22 People will answer, ‘Because they have forsaken the LORD, the God of their fathers, who brought them out of Egypt, and have embraced other gods, worshiping and serving them—that is why he brought all this disaster on them.’ “

It is a solemn time to be on our face before the Lord.   The trumpet is sounding in Zion and the judgements of the Lord are going forth.  Ready yourselves oh His people, for you will feel the impact of what is coming, but hold fast to the anchor of your soul, for it is He that will sustain you in this hour.  What you have known and grown accustomed to will be shaken.  Humble yourselves, repent in your hearts of your evil ways and stand in the gap.  You are all that stands between judgement and salvation.  You are the intercessors of the Lord.  You alone can stand in the gap.  Purify your hearts you double-minded and become single in your heart this day.  Grace is giving place to judgement and the will of the Lord will come to pass.  

Are your hearts right before the Father?  Have you readied yourselves for this hour?  This is a critical and pivotal time.  Humble yourselves and listen to what the Spirit of the Lord is speaking into your heart, as well as what He is speaking into the heart of the church.  Fill you vessel with oil and buy the gold tried in the fire.  

Meditate on this scripture from 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11, “Now, brothers, about times and dates we do not need to write to you, 2for you know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. 3While people are saying, “Peace and safety,” destruction will come on them suddenly, as labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape. 4But you, brothers, are not in darkness so that this day should surprise you like a thief. 5You are all sons of the light and sons of the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness. 6So then, let us not be like others, who are asleep, but let us be alert and self-controlled. 7For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk, get drunk at night. 8But since we belong to the day, let us be self-controlled, putting on faith and love as a breastplate, and the hope of salvation as a helmet. 9For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ. 10He died for us so that, whether we are awake or asleep, we may live together with him. 11Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.” Let us get before the Lord and ready ourselves in Him.

Blessings,

#kent

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