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Is There A Prophet Among Us?

 
Where are the oracles of God, the prophets whose words strike fear into the hearts of the Ahabs of our nation, and contempt and disdain in those who are the Jezebels of our day?

Where are the ones who love their nation passionately, but love their God even more? 

Is there an Elijah or Elisha, who not only has the ear of God but can speak to the heart of a nation?

Where are Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel or any one of the “minor” prophets of old? 

Where is the prophet Daniel, who can discern the times and seasons, as well as the handwriting on the wall?

America does not need a “we can do it; we can be great again” kind of message, any more than a burning house needs another charcoal grill. 

America, where are your prophets? 

Is there a prophet among us?

What if America turned down the political rhetoric, and turned an ear to the prophet of God?

Is it barely possible for a nation who has lost its ability to blush, to once again tremble at the word of the prophet of God?

Is there a prophet among us?

Where are the John the Baptists who have a word no one wants to hear? One that would never sell many books, or provide income for a television ministry?

A word preached in the middle of nowhere, without any advertising budget; yet a word that prepares the way for Jesus’ appearing?

Where are the prophets who demand more out of themselves than they do of their listeners?

Is there a prophet among us?

If so, where?

Where are the prophets who declare the heart of God, clearly and without apology, to a people who have long since believed God is either dead or irrelevant? 

Is there at least one prophet in America?

If so, where is he? Where is she?

Are the prophets busy with their own “prophetic ministry”, or is there a word from God that must be released to a hard headed and rebellious nation?

Is there a prophet among us? 

Here’s a word God gave to the prophet Isaiah, to be shared with his nation. Notice a similarity or two between his nation and the good old US of A.

“And now, go, write it before them on a tablet and inscribe it in a book, that it may be for the time to come as a witness forever. For they are a rebellious people, lying children, children unwilling to hear the instruction of the Lord; who say to the seers, “Do not see,” and to the prophets, “Do not prophesy to us what is right; speak to us smooth things, prophesy illusions, leave the way, turn aside from the path, let us hear no more about the Holy One of Israel.” (Isaiah 30:8-11 ESV)

I ask you again; is there a prophet among us?

Ezekiel, told to prophesy to a hard headed nation by God, knew he didn’t have a choice. 

“And he said to me, “Son of man, stand on your feet, and I will speak with you.” And as he spoke to me, the Spirit entered into me and set me on my feet, and I heard him speaking to me. And he said to me, “Son of man, I send you to the people of Israel, to nations of rebels, who have rebelled against me. They and their fathers have transgressed against me to this very day. The descendants also are impudent and stubborn: I send you to them, and you shall say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord God.’ And whether they hear or refuse to hear (for they are a rebellious house) they will know that a prophet has been among them. And you, son of man, be not afraid of them, nor be afraid of their words, though briers and thorns are with you and you sit on scorpions. Be not afraid of their words, nor be dismayed at their looks, for they are a rebellious house. And you shall speak my words to them, whether they hear or refuse to hear, for they are a rebellious house.

“But you, son of man, hear what I say to you. Be not rebellious like that rebellious house; open your mouth and eat what I give you.” And when I looked, behold, a hand was stretched out to me, and behold, a scroll of a book was in it. And he spread it before me. And it had writing on the front and on the back, and there were written on it words of lamentation and mourning and woe.” (Ezekiel 2:1-10 ESV)

The Lord declared through Joel, and later by Peter, that in the last days “He will pour out His Spirit upon all flesh; your sons and daughters shall prophesy…” (Acts 2). 

Where are they? Are they speaking? Is anyone listening?

What if Jonah of old walked through Washington, D.C., and proclaimed the same message he gave to Nineveh?  Would he be ignored? Maybe so. But perhaps the soul of this nation would be stirred to repentance!

If there’s a prophet among us, will you please rise up in the name of the Lord?!

America needs to know there IS a prophet among us!

We can’t wait much longer!

Two Evils

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Agree or disagree: there are many evils in the world.  

Agree? I do. To a point. 

Lately, though, I’ve been thinking about a passage of scripture that speaks of only two evils.

Just two evils. However, those two evils are responsible for mankind’s plight. Two evils powerful enough to enslave mankind with addictions, abusive behavior, adultery, and anything else that can steal, kill, or destroy the original purpose God had for his glorious creation.

Two evils which can push you and I beyond the edge of reason, past the counsel of dear and godly friends, into a place where shame, torment, and isolation are the normal way to act.

Not a good place to be.

“For my people have committed two evils: they have forsaken me, the fountain of living waters, and hewed out cisterns for themselves, broken cisterns that can hold no water.” (Jeremiah 2:13 ESV)

Evil number one: “They have forsaken Me”

It began in the Garden, and has been happening ever since. The Creator God, the Fountain of Living Waters, has an endless supply of everything we could ever need. He’s wrapped it all up in the substitutionary work of His Son, Jesus Christ. 

“For all the promises of God find their Yes in Him…” (2 Corinthians 1:20 ESV)

Everything that pertains to life and godliness is available to whoever takes the effort to “seek the Lord while He may be found”, and who “call upon Him when He is near” (Isaiah 55). 

No good thing will He withhold from those who walk uprightly before Him (Psalm 84:11).

Yet, in spite of that, we commit evil each time by choosing to reach for ANYTHING (or anyone) other than the Source of life. 

We get into all kinds of trouble when things, people, money, entertainment, work, sex, etc., become more important to us than knowing and doing the will of God. 

The forbidden fruit became more important to Adam and Eve than their Creator’s word. 

Jesus told the disciples, in Mark chapter four, that “the desires for other things choke the Word and it becomes unfruitful.” The “other things” He referred to actually means “forbidden things”. Or, another way of saying it is, “the desires for the things not on God’s list of approved items”.

Adam and Eve chose the “other things” above the Word. That act brought devastation into their once perfect life. 

And it does the same thing to our lives.

“They have forsaken Me…”

Evil Number Two: “Broken cisterns have been chosen”

Cisterns, broken wells; wells full of dirty, disease riddled water. Rather than drinking from the refreshing waters of God, we settle for the nasty waters of our own making. 

We somehow think we know what’s best for us. We bristle at the mere suggestion that we may be poisoning our lives with every glass we drink. 

But it’s true. Every drink from the well of “I know best” conditions our hearts, minds, and imaginations to go just a bit farther from the Fountain of Living Waters; accepting what was once perverse and atrocious behavior as the new norm. 

And God calls it evil.

The first thing Jesus preached was, “Repent and believe the good news.” Change your mind, turn around, believe God’s right and you’re wrong (if there’s a discrepancy). 

He’s still reaching out with that same, old message; turn around. Face the Creator, choose Him, and drink from the living waters. 

Come to the fountain that never runs dry. Lay aside your evil ways and find real life.

There are two evils, but both can be cured by returning to the Lord.

“Seek the Lord while he may be found; call upon him while he is near; let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts; let him return to the Lord, that he may have compassion on him, and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon. For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.” (Isaiah 55:6-9 ESV)

 

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