The leaders are failing the Lord
Jeremiah 23:9 -
Mine heart within me is broken because of the prophets; all my bones shake; I am like a drunken man, and like a man whom wine hath overcome, because of the LORD, and because of the words of his holiness.
I can really understand Jeremiah's feeling when he wrote this scripture. Just a few days back, I was in the same situation and was totally disappointed looking at the state of people who were called to lead God's sheep. It came to a stage I was thinking what is the use of pursuing God's work among these hard hearted people who are more in the flesh than in Spirit.
It was at this time the preacher at the youth revival was giving the example of Samuel who was a little boy among all who had failed the Lord. It was the glory of God on this little lad Samuel that caused the glory of God to come again in His Temple. I cried to the Lord like a little lad and prayed for the next generation so that the Lord's glory may be at least seen on them.
It did not take time and within minutes I could sense in my spirit the Lord had answered my prayer. Soon the whole lot of youth that were at that the revival were touched by the Lord is such a great way that for the next 2 days they were crying and crying for the Lord. The glory of God was so awesome in that place that during the worship we could sense Angels among us. For nearly 2 hours all were singing just 2 to 3 words and the music was just playing and playing endlessly. I could hear the Heavens singing along with us and never in my life had I left so weak in my knees that I just could not stand.
Today the story is very sad with the churches. There are many anointed Men and Women of God but due to their weakness to the flesh they all are failing the Lord. Every one climbs the spiritual mountain but soon one after another most fall off the cliff. Prosperity (like one's status among the congregation and among other leaders) and treasures of this world take away the hearts of most of them, if not these than the fear of man does. That is why in the Bible the Lord gave great importance to 2 fruits, the pomegranate and the grapes.
One should really thank God if one has both these fruits in their lives. Even if they have other weakness God with take care of them and will patiently work on them but when someone messes with His Holy things then God's wrath soon or later falls like we saw happened with Eli's generations during the time of Samuel.
[ Prayer Starter ]
Lord, we pray for your Church and for all your sheep. According to your message today we pray that the ears of those called to lead your sheep hear your warning and they change their hearts and walk according your ways. Lord we specially pray for the youth of today whom You are going to use mightily, that not walk the ways of their parents but are led by your Spirit. You be their teacher and guide. May they look to You alone and not anyone else...
This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.
[ Reference Scriptures ]
9 Mine heart within me is broken because of the prophets; all my bones shake; I am like a drunken man, and like a man whom wine hath overcome, because of the LORD, and because of the words of his holiness.
10 For the land is full of adulterers; for because of swearing the land mourneth; the pleasant places of the wilderness are dried up, and their course is evil, and their force is not right.
11 For both prophet and priest are profane; yea, in my house have I found their wickedness, saith the LORD.
12 Wherefore their way shall be unto them as slippery ways in the darkness: they shall be driven on, and fall therein: for I will bring evil upon them, even the year of their visitation, saith the LORD.
1 Samuel 2:12-18, 22-25
12 Now the sons of Eli were sons of Belial; they knew not the LORD.
13 And the priests' custom with the people was, that, when any man offered sacrifice, the priest's servant came, while the flesh was in seething, with a fleshhook of three teeth in his hand;
14 And he struck it into the pan, or kettle, or caldron, or pot; all that the fleshhook brought up the priest took for himself. So they did in Shiloh unto all the Israelites that came thither.
15 Also before they burnt the fat, the priest's servant came, and said to the man that sacrificed, Give flesh to roast for the priest; for he will not have sodden flesh of thee, but raw.
16 And if any man said unto him, Let them not fail to burn the fat presently, and then take as much as thy soul desireth; then he would answer him, Nay; but thou shalt give it me now: and if not, I will take it by force.
17 Wherefore the sin of the young men was very great before the LORD: for men abhorred the offering of the LORD.
18 But Samuel ministered before the LORD, being a child, girded with a linen ephod.
22 Now Eli was very old, and heard all that his sons did unto all Israel; and how they lay with the women that assembled at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation.
23 And he said unto them, Why do ye such things? for I hear of your evil dealings by all this people.
24 Nay, my sons; for it is no good report that I hear: ye make the LORD'S people to transgress.
25 If one man sin against another, the judge shall judge him: but if a man sin against the LORD, who shall intreat for him? Notwithstanding they hearkened not unto the voice of their father, because the LORD would slay them.
Exodus 28:34 - A golden bell and a pomegranate, a golden bell and a pomegranate, upon the hem of the robe round about
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