“RETURN (PART II)”
BIBLE REFERENCE: Jeremiah 23:1-3
The word of God does not return to Him void; in other words, whatever word God has spoken will come to pass. This is a warning to all who have been called to perform a task or more by God and have done it haphazardly,please repent.
Also to shepherds of God’s people that have strayed; wherever you may have gone astray and led the people of God to err, please return them to the path of righteousness because God is coming with vengeance (Jer. 23:2). God is near to those who draw near to Him.
Zechariah 1:3 (ESV)
“Therefore say to them, Thus declares the Lord of hosts: Return to Me, says the Lord of hosts, and I will return to you, says the Lord of hosts.”
Jude 1: 20-21 (WEB)
“But you, beloved, keep building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit. Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to eternal life.”
BIBLE REFERENCE: LUKE 15: 11-32
Just like the prodigal son in the scripture reference above, many Christians today have squandered their God-given talents and opportunities. Many strayed from the faith upon ‘arrival’; many more are in anguish regarding disastrous decisions they took. Countless others are in dilemma on how to get back on track.
Today, God is beckoning on you to return; no matter how far you might have strayed or how deep you may have sunk, now is the time to return to God. He is waiting with open arms, ready to receive you.
If you’re willing, please say this short prayer: ‘Father, I am sorry for my many wrongs,have mercy on me. Today I return to You and I accept Christ as my Lord and Saviour. Amen.’
Isaiah 30:15 (AMP)
“For thus said the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel: In returning [to Me] and resting [in Me] you shall be saved; in quietness and in [trusting] confidence shall be your strength. But you would not.”
Psalm 66: 19 – 20
“But verily God hath heard me; He hath attended to the voice of my prayer. Blessed be God, which hath not turned away my prayer, nor His mercy from me.”
Psalm 34: 8-9 (NIV)
“Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in Him. Fear the Lord, you His holy people, for those who fear Him lack nothing.”
Isaiah 40:31 (NIV)
“but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”
I want to share this little piece that’s been playing in my head.
I stumbled upon certain attributes of the eagle and one especially struck me to exceptionally unique and that’s its ability to renew its strength.
‘When the eagle grows old, its feathers becomes weak and cannot take him as fast and as high as it should. This makes it weak and could make it die. So it retires to a place far away in the mountains (the secret place- Psalm 91:1) and abides there. While there, it plucks out the weak feathers on its body and breaks its beaks and claws against the rocks until it is completely bare; a very bloody and painful process (a life’s lesson for us Christians). Then it stays in this hiding place until it has grown new feathers, new beaks and claws; and then it comes out flying higher than before, a completely reborn eagle.’
This would preach, wouldn’t it?
As Christians, we must understand the necessity of having a secret place where we go to renew our strength. It’s here we shed our ‘old glory’, in order to gain God’s newness. In other words, we must create time for a one on one fellowship with our Creator, the Almighty God. In Him we have our being and every time we go to Him in the secret place, our strength is renewed and we come out reborn and ready to fly higher than ever before.
May the word of God be blessed in our hearts, in Jesus’ name, Amen.
KEEP SOARING HIGH ON EAGLE’S WINGS.
Psalm 46: 1-2
“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea.”