Run from the bushes and weeds
Job 30:7,8 -
Among the bushes they brayed [cry out]; under the nettles [weeds] they were gathered together. They were children of fools, yea, children of base men: they were viler than the earth.
Job was talking about the people who were mocking him; today the Lord has given us the words of Job as a message.
Today the Lord by the words of Job is teaching us to understand certain Christians. The Lord says they are like those who cry out / make a loud noise among bushes and gather under weeds.
Let us understand bushes; it is a term used for shrubs and also as a descriptive term for undeveloped land. Coming to scrubs, it is a plant that is short in stature and hardly grows fruits; one of the most common fruit it grows is berries. Berries are very, very small and hardly anything that satisfies man. For a man to be satisfied he requires many, many berries. Another thing to note is among the most poisonous fruits, are berries. It is very difficult for a lay person to identify between poisonous and non-poisonous berries, only a trained eye or experienced person can identify between them.
Coming to weeds; in the Bible weeds are identified as worldly knowledge and understanding in spiritual areas. What the worldly man says about God and His Kingdom are like weeds are like weeds if present among fruitful plants, will eat into the nourishment of the plant a even destroy the plant, but a tree they will have least effect on.
The Lord says to us those who gather under bushes and weeds are children of fools, which means fools themselves, although not fully. They may act innocent but cannot deny the accusation of being fools, for they willingly go where they go.
Ask yourself these few questions:-
If you go to a congregation ask yourself why?
Is it because your ancestors went, so you too are continuing?
Has that congregation helped you grow in faith? Or do they just keep you busy with useless activities, meaningless prayers and traditions? Or are these things not useless but like poisonous berries which are slowly killing your spirit by hardening your heart and blinding your eyes?
Has the congregation helped you network with the others in the congregation as a body and helped the body prosper in all areas of life; body, mind and spirit?
These are just a few questions I raise but sufficient for you to give serious thought and find the answer. If you are among them who gather among bushes and weeds and still want to continue then the Lord says that you are made for this world and will perish worst than the people of this world will at the end.
If you do not want to perish with the world on the Judgment day and want to live eternally with the Lord then get up and start running far from that congregation, do not even turn back and look. If you do then you will be like Lots wife will start thinking of the things and relations left behind and get caught in the judgment vent out to this congregation.
When the Lord opened my eyes it took me nearly one year to find a good congregation to settle down but I did not give up or decide to return back. Have faith the Lord will plant you in good soil. The testimony of Manish and Roslian which I sent some days back was after they too left the bushes and weeds.
[ Prayer Starter ]
Lord, You made us not to perish with this world but to prosper and to inherit in You. Lord, the evil one does not want us to receive what You have set for us and thus deceives and confuses your children to become victims of slaughter. Lord, work in the hearts of your children and open their eyes to see the deceit of the wolf, give them the courage and grace to make the right decision...
We make this prayer in Jesus' Name, Amen.
[ Reference Scriptures ]
17 So all the generations from Abraham to David are fourteen generations; and from David until the carrying away into Babylon are fourteen generations; and from the carrying away into Babylon unto Christ are fourteen generations.
6 And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people,
7 Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters.
8 And there followed another angel, saying, Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication.
9 And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand,
10 The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb:
11 And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name.
12 Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.
Revelations 17:14-18; 18:1-5
14 These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful.
15 And he saith unto me, The waters which thou sawest, where the whore sitteth, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues.
16 And the ten horns which thou sawest upon the beast, these shall hate the whore, and shall make her desolate and naked, and shall eat her flesh, and burn her with fire.
17 For God hath put in their hearts to fulfil his will, and to agree, and give their kingdom unto the beast, until the words of God shall be fulfilled.
18 And the woman which thou sawest is that great city, which reigneth over the kings of the earth.
1 And after these things I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power; and the earth was lightened with his glory.
2 And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird.
3 For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies.
4 And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.
5 For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities.
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