AMBER ALERT: Come Back, Wandering Children!
Written by Felicia McKnight
Then GOD told me, “Fickle Israel was a good sight better than flighty Judah. Go and preach this message. Face north toward Israel and say: “‘Turn back, fickle Israel. I’m not just hanging back to punish you. I’m committed in love to you. My anger doesn’t seethe nonstop. Just admit your guilt. Admit your God-defiance. Admit to your promiscuous life with casual partners, pulling strangers into the sex-and-religion groves While turning a deaf ear to me.’” GOD ’s Decree. “Come back, wandering children!” GOD ’s Decree. “I, yes I, am your true husband. I’ll pick you out one by one— This one from the city, these two from the country— and bring you to Zion. I’ll give you good shepherd-rulers who rule my way, who rule you with intelligence and wisdom. “‘Turn back, fickle Israel. I’m not just hanging back to punish you. I’m committed in love to you. My anger doesn’t seethe nonstop. Just admit your guilt. Admit your God-defiance. Admit to your promiscuous life with casual partners, pulling strangers into the sex-and-religion groves While turning a deaf ear to me.’” GOD ’s Decree. “Come back, wandering children!” GOD ’s Decree. “I, yes I, am your true husband. I’ll pick you out one by one— This one from the city, these two from the country— and bring you to Zion. I’ll give you good shepherd-rulers who rule my way, who rule you with intelligence and wisdom. (Jeremiah 3:12-15 MSG)
- Smash and grab robbery….
- Home invasion….
- Road rage shooting….
- Murder suicide….
- Prostitution sting bust…..
- Doctor arrested for child porn….
- Bruce turns into Katelyn….
- Gay Marriage legal in all 50 states…..
- ISIS terrorist threat….
- Mass killing in a black church….
These seem to be the frequent headlines that have popped up on my phone and e-mail inbox in the past few weeks. Many have left me sad, angry, or astonished! Most things I don’t understand why. There are some days I want to disconnect from all news outlets and just sneak over to the Internet for weather and traffic updates. Each day the news is a reminder the world is becoming a darker place with evil lurking all around. It saddens me and hurts my heart to see the craziness each day. As I read today’s scripture passage I was blown away. When I read it I see today’s news headlines as a modern day wayward Israel. As I was praying God reminded me that people are beginning to conform to the patterns of the world. Society has fallen off from Biblical principles and living however we so choose. Evil is lurking all around and things are getting worse rather than better. My heart aches for our nation and people as a whole. I am more saddened by those that don’t know our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. My message today is one of hope and restoration as I pray for many to know CHRIST and for those who have backslidden to return to Him.
Go and proclaim these words toward the north, and say: ‘Return, backsliding Israel,’ says the LORD; ‘I will not cause My anger to fall on you. For I am merciful,’ says the LORD; ‘I will not remain angry forever. (Jeremiah 3:12 NKJV)
The beauty of this passage is that God is committed to love us. He is merciful. His anger is for a moment. This passage was before Christ yet we are reminded in John 3:16 why Christ was needed. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16 NKJV). God’s desire is for each of us to turn from evil ways and wrong doings. He wants us to turn from a life that is not pleasing to Him according to His word. He wants us to return to Him and repent. It doesn’t matter what sin we are living in. God is ready to receive each one of us just as we are. His blood that was shed on the cross cleansed all of our sins and unrighteousness. We just need to accept Christ and recommit our lives to Him, a loving, merciful savior.
“Return, you backsliding children, And I will heal your backslidings.” “Indeed we do come to You, For You are the LORD our God. (Jeremiah 3:22 NKJV)
Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, (Acts 3:19 NKJV)
The Bad News….
“Or do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.” (1 Corinthians 6:9-10 NIV)
The Good News….
“And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.” (1 Corinthians 6:11 NIV)
The good news is that when you come to Christ and repent all your sins become your “were”. No matter what your struggles are surrendering to Christ means that He washes you clean. He sanctifies you. At the cross He justified your sins.
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” (2 Corinthians 5:17 NIV)
“The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love. He will not always accuse, nor will he harbor his anger forever; he does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.” (Psalm 103:8-12 NIV)
An Amber Alert is a mass notification system that alerts the community about missing children and to assist in the search for and safe return for them. God has issued an Amber Alert for His children today.
GOD ’s Decree. “Come back, wandering children!”
God gave His son so that we as a people can be redeemed! He is praying for this nation “come back wandering Children.” Will you return to Christ today?
And it shall come to pass That whoever calls on the name of the LORD Shall be saved.’ (Acts 2:21 NKJV)
Be blessed and encouraged!
Heavenly Father, thank you for loving us unconditionally. Thank you for your mercy and your grace. Lord, we pray for all those souls who are lost and don’t know you as their Lord and savior Jesus Christ. We pray that they will surrender their lives and allow you to be their Lord and Master. We pray for those that once knew you but have gone astray. We pray for their safe return back to your loving arms. May they all know your unconditional love. May they all know that regardless of what they’ve done is the past that nothing can separate them from your love. May we all be aware of any wrongdoing that are not pleasing to you. Help us to come to a place of repentance and surrendering all to you. Have mercy on us, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out our transgressions. Cleanse us with hyssop, and we will be clean; wash us, and We will be whiter than snow. Create in us a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within us. Restore to us the joy of your salvation and grant us a willing spirit, to sustain us. (Psalm 51:1, 7, 10, 12 NIV). In Jesus Name. Amen
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