March 28, 2021 From Your Pastor
“I will be found by you… and I will restore your fortunes” Jeremiah 29:14
Last week we ended with Jeremiah 29:12,13 stating that we will find God when we search for Him with all our heart. Today in v.14 our Father reassures that He will be found.
In this covid age we are enduring, I find a wide variety of opinions. Some are valid while others seem to stretch sound wisdom a-bit. As one continues to read
Jeremiah 29:14 you find the reason for their need to search for God. It was due to the fact of false prophets speaking in their own name, writing letters in their own name. Mis-leading the people. Placing false hope and destructive teaching in the hearts of the people.
This can only happen when a person begins to turn their attention to men rather than to God. When we listen to men who claim to speak for God there are some things we must consider. Is this person's life reflecting of Christ? Are they serving or being served? Is what they are teaching or proclaiming lining up with the Scriptures?
Jeremiah 29:26 states that some of these men were assuming positions to which God never ordained them. They were speaking out for God with absolutely no knowledge of God’s plans or His ways. Jesus warned us of this happening even in our own day. In Matthew 7:15,16 He says, “Beware of the false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits.”
What am I trying to say in all this? That, there are many opinions about what we are to do today. And that you can and will hear much. If you make a selection apart from the written Word - beware! If you have been relying upon men and sense the drawing of Godin your life. Be willing to let go of man’s ways and come home to Jesus, who loves, cares for, and provides for, as no other can.
These people that you have been following and heeding their instructions. Are they godly people? Servants to the most High? Believers? Do they ever speak of God, and faith, or Christ? Just some food for thought.
May the Lord bless you and keep you and make His face shine upon you.
From Your Pastor,
Bro. Clay Hicks