1 Peter 1:3-5, Choices And Consequences, Choices Matter, Good or Evil?, Hosea 10:12-13, It's Your Choice, Jeremiah 18:8-12, Jeremiah 2:13, Jeremiah 3:21-23, Let it go?, Let what go?, Matthew 11:25-30, Revive us oh Lord?
Bible Ballistics: BBs #685 Let What Go???
Just a post this morning to perhaps offer some food for thought. There is so much going on around us, and many are struggling to find hope, and in difficult times we often turn to the wrong people, places and things to help. But I can assure you on the basis of The Word of God, that there is only ONE hope—and His name is Jesus—The Redeemer of all who will come to Him in repentance and faith. Yet, God has given each one of us the free will to choose to “read …hear…and keep” His Word, or we can go our own way!
“For my people have committed two evils;
they have forsaken me
the fountain of living waters,
and hewed them out cisterns,
that can hold no water.” Jeremiah 2:13
Jeremiah also recorded more of God’s truth about our choices—are we letting go of God and His way—or letting go of the the wrong people, places and things that draw us away from the cross?
“A voice was heard upon the high places,
of the children of Israel:
for they have perverted
and they have forgotten
the LORD their God.
22 Return, ye backsliding children,
and I will heal your backslidings.
we come unto thee;
for thou art the LORD our God.
23 Truly in vain
is salvation hoped for
from the hills,
and from the multitude of mountains:
truly in the LORD our God
is the salvation of Israel.” Jeremiah 3:21-23
And another word from Jeremiah:
“If that nation,
against whom I have pronounced,
turn from their evil,
I will repent of the evil
that I thought to do unto them.
9 And at what instant I shall speak
concerning a nation,
and concerning a kingdom,
to build and to plant it;
10 If it do evil in my sight,
that it obey not my voice,
then I will repent of the good,
wherewith I said I would benefit them.
11 Now therefore go to,
speak to the men of Judah,
and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem, saying,
Thus saith the LORD;
Behold, I frame evil against you,
and devise a device against you:
return ye now every one
from his evil way,
and make your ways and your doings
12 And they said,
There is no hope:
but we will walk after our own devices,
and we will every one
do the imagination
of his evil heart.” Jeremiah 18:8-12
Jesus proclaims clearly that HE is the hope we need, but we must come to Him in repentance and faith, then we will receive of Him all that we need.
“At that time Jesus answered and said,
I thank thee, O Father,
Lord of heaven and earth,
because thou hast hid these things
from the wise and prudent,
and hast revealed them
26 Even so, Father:
for so it seemed good in thy sight.
27 All things are delivered
of my Father:
and no man knoweth the Son,
but the Father;
neither knoweth any man the Father,
save the Son,
and he to whomsoever
the Son will reveal him.
28 Come unto me,
all ye that labour
and are heavy laden,
and I will give you rest.
29 Take my yoke upon you,
and learn of me;
for I am meek and lowly in heart:
and ye shall find rest
unto your souls.
30 For my yoke is easy,
and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:25-30
I don’t know about you, but I am so grateful for the hope, grace, truth and strength that Jesus has supplied to me—and He’s also reaching out to you, if you will but let your own way “go” and cling to His cross.
“Blessed be the God and Father
of our Lord Jesus Christ,
which according to his abundant mercy
hath begotten us again
unto a lively hope
by the resurrection of Jesus Christ
from the dead,
4 To an inheritance incorruptible,
and that fadeth not away,
reserved in heaven for you,
5 Who are kept by the power
through faith unto salvation
ready to be revealed
in the last time.” 1 Peter 1:3-5
How about you; will you be “kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation”? Or will you keep on going your own way. The choice is yours, but choose wisely, there is a test.
“Sow to yourselves in righteousness,
reap in mercy;
break up your fallow ground:
for it is time to seek the LORD,
till he come and rain righteousness
13 Ye have plowed wickedness,
ye have reaped iniquity;
ye have eaten the fruit of lies:
because thou didst trust in thy way,
in the multitude of thy mighty men.” Hosea 10:12-13
Amen and Amen!