Today’s Scrip-Bit 28 February 2012 Jeremiah 3:25‏

Jeremiah 3:25.    We lie down in our shame, and our confusion covereth us: for we have sinned against the Lord our God, we and our fathers, from our youth even unto this day, and have not obeyed the voice of the Lord our God.
 
Oh Friends, our kind, LOVING and omnipotent God is weaving ever more miracles, mercies, blessings and forgiveness into another wonderful day for us, His faithful children! And all His grateful children shouted a joyful song of thanks and praise: ‘Oh thank You most heavenly Father for creating, protecting and so generously providing for us. And we are especially grateful for the eternal gift of your wonderful Son, Jesus, as our Lord and Saviour! You are definitely the GREATEST!’ Yes my brethren, all those things are gospel truths; facts we cannot dispute. But unfortunately they don’t tell all of the truth, for our Bit tells us a completely different story: ‘We lie down in our shame, and our confusion (disgrace) covereth us: for we have sinned against the Lord our God, we and our fathers, from our youth even unto this day, and have not obeyed the voice of the Lord our God.’ Ah mih people, sadly, those are also words of indisputable truth. We can deny them all we want, but they vividly portray the very sinful and ungodly nature of our current world. I don’t have to spell out our iniquity- in fact I can’t, because it’s so plentiful and perverse, but we all know them, even willingly participate in and enjoy some of them. It brings to mind Ezra’s prayer of confession on behalf of Israel’s abominable sinful condition. ‘And at the evening sacrifice I arose from my heaviness (fasting); and having rent (torn) my garment and my mantle, I fell upon my knees, and spread out my hands unto the Lord my God, And said, O my God, I am ashamed and blush to lift up my face to thee, my God: for our iniquities are increased over our head, and out trespass (guilt) is grown up into the heavens. Since the days of our fathers have we been in great trespass unto this day; and for our iniquities have we, our kings, and our priests, been delivered into the hand of the kings of the lands, to the sword, to captivity, and to a spoil (plunder), and to confusion of face (humiliation, shame of face), as it is this day.’ (Ezra 9:5-7) Oh Friends, how I wish there was someone like Ezra today, mighty enough in the sight of God to make such confession for us! However my people, our world is now too vast and diverse for any one person to take on that job, so of necessity, each one of us will have to implore our God on the matter. Confess our sins as a society, a nation, a world, then ask for mercy and forgiveness, a la Bruh David in Psalm 51, A prayer for cleansing: ‘Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy LOVING-kindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me. Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight: that thou mightest be justified (found just) when thou speakest, and be clear (blameless) when thou judgest.’ (Ps.51:1-4) Yes Friends, until conviction and sincere repentance are made, we will continue to struggle and live in strife and confusion. Lemme ask a couple questions here. Why did Israel wander around in the wilderness for forty years when the Promised Land was about a three-month journey from Egypt? And why is our world currently enmeshed in such fear, hatred, anger and confusion? Oh Friends, the answer to both questions is simple and the same: because they, then, and we, now, have drastically disobeyed the voice of God. And our many troubles will only get worse if we pursue our present sinful, ungodly path. And the sad part is that there’s plenty precedence, both in the Good Book and History, about civilizations being destroyed because they disobeyed God. So why we seem to think that we’re different, I really don’t know. But hear what the Lord said to Israel through Jeremiah: ‘I spake unto thee in thy prosperity; but thou saidst, I will not hear. This hath been thy manner from thy youth, that thou obeyedst not my voice. The wind shall eat up all thy pastors (rulers), and thy lovers shall go into captivity: surely then shalt thou be ashamed and confounded (humiliated) for all thy wickedness.’ (Jer.22:21-22) Oh my brethren, it’s the same thing the Lord’s saying to us today, and there’s no denying the shame and confusion that’s besetting our world. So why are we so stubborn and hard headed eh? At least let’s give God a try, since nothing else seems to be working, and we have nothing to lose but a whole lot to gain. My fellow believers, the ball’s solidly in our court. If we want to see improvements, then we’ll have to get seriously involved and bring it about, since the iniquity workers thrive on the strife and confusion. So for our children’s sake, let’s get cracking nuh. I won’t even mention future generations, cause there won’t be any, if we continue our diabolical, fiendish ways. Let’s allow the fire and passion of Jesus to invade our souls and spirits so that we can set the world aflame with our LOVE Revolution, for it’s only LOVE, the predominant essence of our great God, that will prevent us from completely sinking into the quicksand of sin. Much LOVE!…Christianity has survived two thousand years…let’s give it a fighting chance to survive two thousand more nuh…
 

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