You don’t know what will happen tomorrow. What is life? You are a mist that is seen for a moment and then disappears.
The days are going to come, declares the Almighty LORD, when I will send a famine throughout the land. It won’t be an ordinary famine or drought. Instead, there will be a famine of hearing the words of the LORD. One disaster will happen after another. One rumor will follow another. People will ask for a vision from a prophet. The teachings of priests and the advice of leaders will disappear.
Amos 8:11, Ezekiel 7:26
Moses saw that the people were running wild and that Aaron had let them get out of control and so become a laughingstock to their enemies. The boy Samuel was serving the LORD under Eli. In those days a prophecy from the LORD was rare; visions were infrequent.
Exodus 32:25, 1 Samuel 3:1
Where there is no prophetic vision the people cast off restraint, and run wild, but blessed are those who follow God’s teachings.
Now that you know these things, God will bless you for doing them.
Proverbs 29:18, John 13:17
Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.
“Has it ever dawned on you that you are responsible spiritually to God for other people? For instance, if I allow any turning away from God in my private life, everyone around me suffers.”
(Oswald Chambers, My Utmost For His Highest)
“The words of a priest’s lips should preserve knowledge of God, and people should go to him for instruction, for the priest is the messenger of the LORD of Heaven’s Armies.”
“None of us lives to himself…for we are our brother’s keepers.”
Romans 14:7, Genesis 4:9
No man is an island entire of itself; every man
is a piece of the continent, a part of the main;
if a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe
is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as
well as a manor of thy friends or of thine
own were; any man’s death diminishes me,
because I am involved in mankind.
And therefore never send to know for whom
the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.
“If one member suffers, all the members suffer with it…”
2 Corinthians 12:26
“Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you hypocrites; AS IT IS WRITTEN:
‘These people honor Me with their lips, but their hearts
are far from Me. They worship Me in vain; their teachings
are BUT RULES TAUGHT BY MEN.’
You have let go of THE COMMANDS OF GOD and are holding on to the TRADITIONS OF MEN.”
“Because of your traditions you have destroyed the authority of God’s Word. And you do many other things like that.”
The Lord isn’t really being slow about His promise, as some people think. No, He is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyone to be destroyed, but wants everyone to repent.
2 Peter 3:9
“All people are like grass, and all their beauty is like a flower of the field. The grass dries up and the flower drops off,
BUT THE WORD OF THE LORD ENDURES FOREVER.” And this is the word which was preached to you.”
1 Peter 1:24-25
That is why you will have nights without visions. You will have darkness without revelations. The sun will set on the prophets, and the day will turn dark for them
We must quickly carry out the tasks assigned us by the One who sent us. The night is coming, and then no one can work
Whoever loves his brother lives in the light, and there is nothing in him to make him stumble. But whoever hates his brother is in the darkness and walks around in the darkness; he does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded him.
1 John 2:10-11
“People who do what is wrong hate the light and don’t come to the light. They don’t want their actions to be exposed.
But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what he has done has been done through God.”
My son, if sinners entice you, do not give in to them.
Stop forming inappropriate relationships with unbelievers. Can right and wrong be partners? Can light have anything in common with darkness? Have nothing to do with the useless works that darkness produces. Instead, expose them for what they are. Those who abandon God’s teachings praise wicked people, but those who follow God’s teachings oppose wicked people.
Proverbs 1:10, 2 Corinthians 6:14, Ephesians 5:11, Proverbs 28:4
So we are lying if we say we have fellowship with God but go on living in spiritual darkness; we are not practicing the Truth
1 John 1:6
When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said,
“I am the light of the world.
Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness,
but will have the light of life.”
Jesus answered the crowd,
“The light will still be with you for a little while. Walk while you have light so that darkness won’t defeat you. Those who walk in the dark don’t know where they’re going.
While you have the light, believe in the light so that you will become people whose lives show the light.”
After Jesus had said this, he was concealed as he left.
The LORD has poured out on you a spirit of deep sleep. He will shut your eyes. (Your eyes are the prophets.) He will cover your heads. (Your heads are the seers.)
I let them pollute themselves with the very gifts I had given them, and I allowed them to give their firstborn children as offerings to their gods–so I might devastate them and remind them that I alone am the LORD. They sacrificed their sons and their daughters to demons. “Son of man, these people are devoted to their idols, and they (put the stumblingblock of their iniquity before their faces) and are allowing themselves to fall into sin. Should they be allowed to ask me for help?”
Ezekiel 20:26, Psalm 106:37, Ezekiel 14:3
Yet the LORD longs to be gracious to you; He rises to show you compassion. For the LORD is a God of justice. Blessed are all who wait for him!
Isaiah 30:18, Ezekiel 36:24-28
“‘For here’s what I’m going to do: I’m going to take you out…gather you from all over, and bring you back…I’ll pour pure water over you and scrub you clean. I’ll give you a new heart, put a new spirit in you. I’ll remove the stone heart from your body and replace it with a heart that’s God-willed, not self-willed. I’ll put my Spirit in you and make it possible for you to do what I tell you and live by My commands. You’ll once again live…You’ll be My people! I’ll be your God!”
“I’ll remember the covenant I made with you when you were young and I’ll make a new covenant with you that will last forever. You’ll remember your sorry past and be properly contrite when you receive back your sisters, both the older and the younger. I’ll give them to you as daughters, but not as participants in your covenant. I’ll firmly establish My covenant with you and you’ll know that I am God. You’ll remember your past life and face the shame of it, but when I make atonement for you, make everything right after all you’ve done, it will leave you speechless.'” Decree of God, the Master.
O LORD, have pity on us. We wait with hope for you. Be our Strength in the morning. Yes, be our Savior in times of trouble. The Lord will rescue me from every evil attack and will bring me safely to His heavenly kingdom. To Him be glory for ever and ever Amen.
Isaiah 33:2, Isaiah 40:10, 2 Timothy 4:18
As we hold steadfastly to the COMMANDMENTS OF GOD, we can LET GO of the TRADITIONS OF MEN.
We can release those things that keep our hearts from the LORD.
And, as we let go of the TRADITIONS OF MEN, we are letting go of many of the things that divide us as humans and as True Sons and Daughters of the Living God.
Father, show us any undue dependence upon RELIGIOUS TRADITIONS.
If any of these have sidetracked or replaced our TRUST IN YOU and
in YOUR SACRIFICE for our sins, forgive us. Heal our hearts Father, remove every obstacle and stumblingstone out of the Way that leads to the Truth and the Life as given to us in YOUR SACRIFICE Christ Jesus the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world. Focus the eyes of our understanding and ears of faith as we lift them to the Cross and rejoice in the death and resurrection of our Savior Jesus the Christ, Your Only Begotten Son. Thank You for that gift AMEN.
His government and peace will have unlimited growth. He will establish David’s throne and kingdom. He will uphold it with justice and righteousness now and forever. The LORD of Armies is determined to do this!