Jeremiah 23:1-4

1 07 2011

Jeremiah 23:1) “Woe to the shepherds who destroy and scatter the sheep of My pasture!” says the LORD.

Jeremiah 23:2) Therefore thus says the LORD God of Israel against the shepherds who feed My people: “You have scattered My flock, driven them away, and not attended to them. Behold, I will attend to you for the evil of your doings,” says the LORD.

Jeremiah 23:3) “But I will gather the remnant of My flock out of all countries where I have driven them, and bring them back to their folds; and they shall be fruitful and increase.

Jeremiah 23:4) “I will set up shepherds over them who will feed them; and they shall fear no more, nor be dismayed, nor shall they be lacking,” says the LORD.

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I know that doesn’t seem very likely in today’s world… but it is actually happening, in fact many Christians are guilty of doing this to their brothers and sisters, “God must be punishing you for something you did.”  God doesn’t do that to his children, true he’ll let us fall for a bit so that we can compare our lives to being with him and without him… but God will not play Satan’s role.  Whenever someone says that God is punishing them they’re actually saying that God is petty and will punish us for the slightest transgression.

When in reality it’s Satan that’s punishing us simply because he hates those who choose God over the things in this fallen world, and thus basically they are serving Satan when they spew condemnation.  And some of the pastors who are supposed to lead us do this as well forgetting one of the most quoted scriptures in the Bible, “For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.”  I know I have used that many times before, but when someone claims to an holier-than-thou attitude they are no longer working for the Lord, but for their own ego and pride and are thus in danger of falling for the devil’s lies. God views all of his children the same whether we are a saint or sinner, pastor or prostitute.  So when Satan tries to build up your ego, build up your alter to God and say, “I thank you God for sending your Son to die in my place.”

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