There’s a beautiful message related to us from the Father through the prophet Jeremiah; and almost a household verse in scripture which are many times left half explained. In all that we do, it is important to relate the full rendering of scriptural revelation in order to get the deeper spiritual revelation or revelational knowledge through and by scripture.
“For I know the thoughts that I think towards you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. 12 Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you. 13 And ye shall seek Me and find Me, when ye shall search for Me with all your heart” (Jer.29:11-13).
This is a portion of Jeremiah’s letter to the exiles of Jerusalem, given to him by the Spirit of the Lord. However, what I want to highlight in the 29th chapter of the book of Jeremiah is found from verse 7. Take note of the historical events up to this point. The Israelites turned away from God unto idol worshiping and seeking their own righteousness; therefore the Lord had caused them to be sent into exile. The message came to Jeremiah when the children of Israel had learnt to seek God during the 70years of exile.
You might have been deceived by people and false prophets telling you that they were from God. They might have preached Jesus to you and now are back stabbing you, or have been presenting themselves unto you in the name of Jesus and now are plotting against you. Your life might be a chaotic mess at the moment; but be deceived no more. After all, all things work together for the good of those who love God (Rom.8:28); and the key is found in the latter portion of the verse in quote; we ought to love God.
So how is this going to help you in your circumstances? Jeremiah chapter 29 from verse 7 gives us a sound rendering for living in peace and not being deceived: “And seek the peace of the city whither I have caused you to be carried away captives, and pray unto the Lord for it; for in the peace thereof shall ye have peace. 8 For thus saith the Lord of host, the God of Israel; Let not your prophets and your diviners, that be in the midst of you, deceive you, neither hearken to your dreams which ye cause to be dreamed.’
We are easily distracted and deceived when we are troubled from diverse sides; especially in dire circumstances and under oppression. Even our dreams can be influenced by what’s going on in our lives, giving us a sense of falseness and leading us astray as the intends of false prophets are.
We have to see things in a new perspective not to be deceived, and that perspective is foreign to the physical senses; that’s why we are to renew our minds by the Word of God (Rom.12:2). The perspective here is to see the need that we must pray for our adversaries as we also ought to pray for one another in the body of Christ.
In Jeremiah, we see the children of Israel being oppressed in slavery as they were carried away into captivity. You can just imagine the life they led being slaves in a foreign land; hence they were caught up in chaos and being deceived by false prophets. In our time today we see this as well (and some of us are in the midst of such chaos). People can deceive one another easily through false impressions. Jesus warns us of wolfs dressed in sheep clothing (Matt.7:15); and also of the dogs in the house (Phil.3:2).
Here’s a harsh rendering of the nature of sheep: Sheep are the dumbest animal you get. They constantly need the leading of a shepard, they stray away because they head down feeding, not aware of dangers around them. They focused on the immediate what is in front of them and are defenseless when danger strikes; for when danger does strike, it is to late already. They have drifted away from under the shepard and have become an easy target. We are the sheep of our Shepard; and are no different than the sheep of the pastures. We get so focused on what happening around us that we don’t even realize how far we have drifted from our Shepard; and in the midst of chaos, we reach out to the nearest familiar things. Many times this happens and we find ourselves in the midst of false prophets and wicked people pretending to be righteous.
Beware of the dogs in the house, those wolfs dressed in sheep clothing. The devour is never far of and awaits to single out those distracted from the herd and its shepard.
1John4:1 also tells us the test the spirit with the Word of God. In order to test any spirit, we must know the Word of God. No wonder the Lord admonish us throughout scripture to study the Word. Be equipped with the Word of God, for ‘The Word of God giveth light, it giveth understanding unto the simple’ (Psa.119:130). Many times it is the simple things in life we find the most difficult to understand. The Word of God gives us a new perspective; and with this new perspective we can see all things in the light of God’s Word; and God gives us an expected end (Jer.29:11).
No matter how dark your world may be today, the Lord had set you to be the beacon of hope; and moreso; “The mystery of which was hidden for ages and generations [from angels and men], but is now revealed to His holy people (the saints), 27 To whom God was pleased to make known how great for the Gentiles are the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is Christ within and among you, the Hope of [realizing the] glory” (Col.1:26-27). Jesus is our hope of glory; therefore study the Word and get to know this great hope, Jesus.
Teaching by Evng./Pst. Rudi Ferreira
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