Scripture Text: Jeremiah 9:3-14
By Dr. Peggy K Olubiyi
By Dr. Peggy K Olubiyi
Throughout biblical history, mostly in the Old Testament, we have seen how the Children of Israel disobeyed God's Instructions and did many things that were not pleasing in the eyes of the Lord. Many at times, we modern day believers always wondered why the children of Israel never seemed to adhere to the Lord's instructions, how they appeared to easily forget God's goodness in their lives and how they can be so ungrateful after everything God did for them. It's so easy for us to pass judgement on our fellow human beings while failing to see our own shortcomings and in the case of the Israelites, that is what we, modern day believers always do whenever we read the portions of scripture ranging from Exodus to the Book of Malachi. Saints, we are no different from the Children of Israel when it comes to sinning against God over and over again. How fortunate and blessed we are today, that we are not living and being judged under the Mosaic Law like the Children of God were back then. Otherwise, a vast multitude of us in this generation would have faced God's judgement of physical and eternal death so quickly. We thank the Lord for His grace which is sufficient for us today.
Saints, we are living in perilous times where sin is on the rise not just among unbelievers but sadly among those who profess to be followers of Jesus Christ. Like the Israelites in the OT biblical times, many of us have abandoned God's instructions and have refused to obey Him. We have stubbornly followed our own selfish desires, putting things e.g. careers, ambition, material wealth, power etc. above God. We have even put people e.g. spouses, children, friends, celebrities, mentors, politicians, religious figures etc. above God in our hearts and such is termed "idolatry". Whether we believe it or not, we have made such things or persons, idols in our hearts, so where the Lord is meant to occupy in our hearts, other things have been put there knowingly or unknowingly. This act has really grieved the Lord.
Beloved, the Lord has given me a message for His people today. Jeremiah 9:3-14 was dropped in my spirit during my quiet time last week and the Spirit of God ministered to me there and then what His plans are this season/period for His church. The Lord is saying there is so much filthiness in the Church today starting from the leadership and the hearts of many have gone cold towards the Lord and the things of God. Many in the church are not serving and worshipping the Lord the way He should be worshipped. God is calling His church to repentance today. The Body of Christ is "spiritually" sick. The things that the Lord detests stated in Proverbs 6:16 is so rampant today in the Church. They include: pride, despising one another, false accusation, murder, betrayal, lying etc. Jeremiah 9:4-8 states that all these things grieve the Lord and He wants us to repent and turn from our wicked ways both individually and collectively as a body. Beloved, the sexual sins i.e. adultery, homosexuality, fornication, is found among children of God, It shouldn't be so. It is so bad in our society now that many in the church are even justifying these sins to satisfy their desires and make others feel good. Several ministers of God have stopped preaching biblical truths and sound doctrine for fear of losing their members and financial donations. This shouldn’t be so. There are many believers today who cannot even stand up for the truth and what they believe in because they are afraid of what their friends, colleagues, relatives etc. might say or think of them. In these end times, we are meant to be a light in this dark world; we are called to be ambassadors for the Lord Jesus Christ not caring what people might say or think of us. The minute, we surrendered our lives to the Lord Jesus Christ; we became outcasts and enemies of the world. The Lord has already warned us of how the world will hate us for His name sake John 15:8, Matthew 10:22, and so why should we be so consumed with what the world thinks of us or says about us. Our loyalty and allegiance is first of all to God, and not man and He has assured us, His children that He will always be with us.
Beloved, know this, the Lord is coming to prune His church for it has been stagnant for too long and needs to be restored. God is coming to cleanse His church and it is going to hurt bad because when the Lord chastises His own, it hurts even though it is for our own good. Matthew 7:19, John 15:6-8. The Lord is coming to separate the wheat from the chaff, Matthew 3:12, exposing the wicked works of darkness and putting them to shame. The hour of Christ's return is at hand and He is coming for a Church without blemish and it is His desire that we make Heaven. It is time for our Christian leaders to wake up from their spiritual slumber and take their positions on the Lord's side and it is time for every true believer to get serious with the Lord and His work. Remember judgement is going to start from the House of God 1Peter 4:17. “If my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and heal their land. II Chronicles 7:14." Saints, this is what the Lord is requiring of us today, if we listen and obey Him, the Lord will heal our lives, our marriages, our local church, our community, our relationships and our land.
May the Lord help each of us to live a life of obedience and serve in LOVE until He returns for His beloved Church.