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Sunday, May 27, 2012

Visitation On Our Nation

We are fast approaching the place where Israel of old in the days of Jeremiah found themselves. After years of preaching, prophecies, signs and wonders by God's Prophets, Israel still turned a blind eye to the ways of God. It got so bad that they would not even acknowledge God. They became brazen in their sin and thought because things remained the same, they would never have to give account for their actions.

Jeremiah 51:17,18 gives their mindset: "Every man is brutish by his knowledge; every founder is confounded by the graven image: for his molten image is falsehood, and there is no breath in them. They are vanity, the work of errors: in the time of their visitation they will perish." Things became so dire in Jeremiah's day in Jerusalem that women were cooking and eating their own children! Think of that! The shops were full, the malls were packed, stores were selling produce like there was no tomorrow; but in the day of visitation they were found in a very grave state.

What of those who obey God in the day of visitation? We have many examples to go by. The chapter in Jeremiah 51 continues (verses 19-21) The portion of Jacob is not like them; for he is the former of all things: and Israel is the rod of His inheritance: the LORD of Hosts is His Name. Thou (we) are His battle axe and weapon of war: for with us God will break in pieces the nations and destroy kingdoms; and with us He will break in pieces the horse and his rider; and with us He will break the chariot and his rider...."

Never forget-We are His inheritance. We must not fear no matter what falls on our nation. God will protect and keep us in all of our ways. There are dozens of examples of this fact. In Joshua 2 we find a lady of ill repute protected when the mighty walls of Jericho fell down around her. In the Book of Kings and Chronicles we see David chased and hunted like an animal by King Saul and his armies and supporters. Yet David is secure. In Egypt during their captivity when God finally decided it was time for Him to act on behalf of His Children there were great plagues and darkness so dark it could be felt; but not dark and no plagues touched the Children of Israel!

When Jerusalem was in the middle of falling and the Babylonian armies were carrying most away captive to Babylon, God instructed Jeremiah to buy property in Jerusalem. (Jeremiah 32) God is the God of all flesh; is anything to hard for Him? We must not lose heart as judgment begins to fall. He is on our side! We are His battle axe as we stand against the forces of evil; forces of doubt, fear, unbelief and sin. We are the victors. The horse and rider, even the mighty chariot are under our feet.

God has made an everlasting covenant with us and will not turn away from us. He has put His fear in our hearts and we shall not depart from Him. Just as He will bring great evil against those living in rebellion, He will watch over us with an everlasting eye that never slumbers or sleeps. Memorize His promises; they are as sure as the rising of the sun and the setting of the same.

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