Monday, April 27, 2015

Micah - Just and Merciful God Explained

Several weeks back, I wrote a beginning post on the Book of Micah, but I was not able to cover all the great verses that fill this book. I thought it would be helpful to write a second article on this hopeful book.

Truly the lessons from God's Word are endless


As with all of the books of prophecy in the Bible, we clearly can read what is the cause of judgement on individuals and nations by God. Micah 1: 5 says, "All of this is for transgression of Jacob and for the sins of the house of Israel."


Transgression and Sin

God repeats this so much in the Bible; evidently, He understands how much we ignore Him. It is like He has to drum this message into the heads of humans, and still we question why these bad things happening in the world.

Murder. Slavery. Rape. Abuse. Theft. Lies. Corruption. Burnings. Beheadings. Evil abounds! Reading a newspaper, listening to the news or watching reports of current events can be so depressing. Evil is out of control. In Micah 2:3 the Lord says, "For this is an evil time."

Micah even declares, "...her wounds are incurable," when he considers the judgement that is coming. How far is too far? How far does a person have to go when they have hardened their heart so much, they are so deep into evil behavior, they have rejected the grace of God so many times that they have reached the point of no return. We know in Egypt God says that the heart of Pharaoh had been hardened to a point that he would not obey God.

The truth is a person or nation only has incurable wounds when they refuse to admit they are sinning, and therefore will not repent and turn to God in obedience. We cause our soul to be incurable; the amount or type of sin is not the cause of it being incurable. God can make any heart pure. Jesus bore on the cross all sins for all people, not some. That is why Jesus said, "It is finished."

The payment had been complete permanently for every sin.

But people make the choice to not hear God's Word. I have someone very dear to my heart that has made this choice. Do you?

Sadly, a person unwilling to confess their sins, repent with godly sorrow and yield to the transformation process of God being the Lord of their life, makes a freewill choice to have an incurable soul.

Are you willing to let God order your life into beauty?


How long will you suffer? Wounds are curable, but the question is are you willing to do what must be done to have healing?








Monday, April 20, 2015

Unlock Your Inheritance

I write my blog post ahead of time and try to review them before they publish to check for errors and to make sure they flow. It is amazing to see how I wrote with so much confidence and authority just a few weeks or maybe a month or two ago, and now I am struggling so much in my life. I read this afresh and wonder where is the strong Christian lady who wrote this; I can't find her within me. But still I know the power of the Word to transform and to build faith because God says, "Faith comes by hearing the word of God" (Romans 10:17).

Oh, God I pray that you will restore within my spirit and my body and my soul that faith I had when I wrote this because now is the time and I need YOU fully inside me to remove all doubts and the onslaught of the enemy. I pray this for myself personally but ask you to answer it for anyone else who is willing to pray.
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God can provide the super abundance grace to unlock your inheritance; though you know not what it is, God has it planned. 

God can unlock what should have been if the destruction would not have happen.

Walking with God allows Him to release your family blessings.

God has a good mantle for families that has not been brought because of disobedience. This is the same mantle God desires to restore to the Nation of America but cannot because of widespread disobedience; and even more so among those who say they are his children but walk and teach against His Word.

God Wants to bring growth to what appears dead.


Is 61: 4 "Then they will rebuild the ancient ruins, They will raise up the former devastations; and they will repair the ruined cities, the desolations of many generations."

Some cannot be healed because they have not seen that Jesus took upon him their stripes. We may have heard this, even read it for ourselves but have we seen it as reality in our life and live by faith that it is true. In all of our lives is that great chasm between what we know and how we live and walk by faith. I am writing this speaking to myself as much as anyone else.
"But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed." (Is 53:5)

"He Himself bore our sin" (1Peter 2: 24) and the sins of everyone.

Our Nation looks one way but when the people rise up that are godly, God will restore our Nation. NOTICE: God doesn't say if the world, if the lost, if the sinners, if those of other faiths. He clearly says if my people. If you are a follower of Christ, that is what a Christian means, you are His people. He is talking about the CHURCH, the believers.
If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. (2Chronicles 7:14)
We must intercede for our Nation. Plant the sprig of truth in the ground and it will prosper. God wants us to look for what is native to your land. God wants to re-root because it is the root system that will reroot. Look to the city, state, Nation that can be re-rooted, and God can sprout forth this. The sprig must be watered by God's Word. So look to the history of your Nation and your family and allow God to reroot the sprig of truth. That is your inheritance. Therefore I pray:
Lord, show me my inheritance. Families need reconcilers. Now is the time for reconciliation. And unto the reconciler, God will show favor and allow their to be inheritance released.
Our family may come from a spiritual parent if not from a natural parent. None of us can do what God has called us to do by ourselves. Some of us have been damned and cursed by the enemy through abuse and violence, but God can pull this off of us. So we all must surround ourselves with the body of Christ, the Church, and true believers that will walk with us into our inheritance.

I can testify this as truth in my own life.

Regardless of what has happen in your past, never allow the devastation to stop you from advancing. Everyone has the potential for greatness.

I stood by the graveside, and fell in. Taken down, but I did not stay. Literally, I was lifted up. This really did happen to me. I fell into an open grave in 2006, but while the enemy might want me to be dead, God wants me to be alive.

Do you want to be lifted up?


God will do this for everyone who asks. He will not only restore you but generations, past, present and in the future. But only to those who let him.

Will you let Him? Will I let HIM?
God, I pray that you will help me let You do the work in my life that you so desire and in the life of my family and my church and my Nation. In the name of Jesus I pray and by the blood of Jesus I pray. 

Monday, April 13, 2015

The Neglected Book of Nahum

Have you ever heard a sermon on the Old Testament Book of the Bible Nahum? I have not and I have been in churches for thirty years. Why is the Book of Nahum neglected? What does he say that gives no inspiration for a sermon? Why was the Book put in the Bible if it is not worthy of a message? Well, I will give one hint. It does not end well in the Book of Nahum. How many cities today need to hear what will happen to them if they do not heed God and His Word? If you are sinner hearing the book of Nahum, it should cause you to tremble. Seeker-friendly churches don't want to give this kind of message.

Prophets were the Messengers of their time!


We all love stories that end well; And they lived happily ever after again. Whew! But is this reality? We need to tell that God will punish unrighteousness. Revelation makes it clear in the end days many will experience God's vengeance, that is, those who are not covered in the "righteousness of Christ." We live today in a period of grace. The good news of salvation through Jesus provides that grace and as many people that believe, receive God's substitutionary covering. Weaved through Nahum God speaks terror to the wicked and comfort to Judah (the believers).

Nahum does not begin his book with the history of Nineveh, so let me get you up to date. Nineveh is the capital city of the Assyrian kingdom; the very same kingdom that had the other ten tribes of Israel in captivity. A hundred years before Nahum's vision, the Bible tells us about the redemption of Nineveh when they turned to God after Jonah spoke God's message to them. However, like so many, the people of Nineveh a hundred year later (about 3 generations later) had forgotten God and His goodness. So, in the book of Nahum we read God's vision regarding His vengeance that will be taken upon Nineveh. We will look at the vision God gave to Nahum to see what gems it hold for us today.

Chapter 1 basically describes God's nature. We read in verse 2,
"God is jealous, and the Lord avenges; the Lord avenges and is furious. The Lord will take vengeance on His adversaries, He reserves wrath for His enemies." 
It is not uncommon for repetition to be found in the Bible. It is there to stress a point and make an emphasis. Our take-away from knowing this about God is that we should quickly forgive those who wrong us because God will avenge all wrongdoing. Vengeance is God's job -- not ours.

The very next verse, verse 3, says, "The Lord is slow to anger and great in power." And also verse 7 says, "The Lord is good, A stronghold in the day of trouble; And He knows those who trust in Him." While God can and will avenge sin He is long-suffering so that as many people as possible can receive everlasting eternal life in heaven with Him. We have been living in a 2,000 year grace period since Jesus came to earth. Does that not show how slow to anger God is? Also, we who believe in God need to rest in the fact that He is good and He knows that we do trust in Him. That does not mean we will not suffer by the hand of evil people or destruction as diseases brought upon mankind due to sin, but it does mean we will not suffer under the hand of God's vengeance.

Can you stand before His indignation?


Verse 6 asks, "Who can stand before His indignation? And who can endure the fierceness of His anger?" This is NOT a rhetorical question. Clearly, the answer is anyone who repents and is covered by the blood of Jesus! In the Old Testament time, it was anyone who repented and trusted in God for protection and deliverance.

I can stand before God because He does not see my sin, but instead He sees the righteousness of His Son, Jesus. What peace! What Joy! It is to know this deep within my soul.

So for today this is the lesson I am sharing from the Book of Nahum. More insight will come.



Monday, April 6, 2015

I Have Confessed My Sins - Now What Do I Do?

Confession is important. It is admitting we have done something wrong. God teaches in the Bible that there are two types of confession. One confession is a humanly sorrow; another type of confession is a godly sorrow. The type of confession will make a big difference in what happens after the confession is made.

2 Types of Confession (9hey on Deviantarat)

In both types, a person can feel genuinely bad, remorseful and hurt from the pain they feel and the pain they have caused others. A person can also admit to their sins in both and say they are sorry. They also feel guilt and shame.

So, What is the Difference? This is how Paul explains it in his second letter to the Corinthians, since his first letter to them confronted their sins.
For though I caused you sorrow by my letter, I do not regret it; though I did regret it—for I see that that letter caused you sorrow, though only for a while— I now rejoice, not that you were made sorrowful, but that you were made sorrowful to the point of repentance; for you were made sorrowful according to the will of God, so that you might not suffer loss in anything through us. For the sorrow that is according to the will of God produces a repentance without regret, leading to salvation, but the sorrow of the world produces death. For behold what earnestness this very thing, this godly sorrow, has produced in you: what vindication of yourselves, what indignation, what fear, what longing, what zeal, what avenging of wrong! In everything you demonstrated yourselves to be innocent in the matter. (2 Corinthians 7-11)
The key is what the sorrowful confession leads to. Look back at the verses above. What does godly sorrow lead to?

Repentance!

If a person does not turn (which is what repentance means) away from the sin and toward doing what is right in the eyes of God they are simply sorry that they got caught sinning. Confession may make their conscience feel lighter because they are no longer hiding around and keeping secrets from people, but if the sorrowful confession of sin does not lead to repentance it is not genuine and godly. It is a worldly confession that will only keep the person in sin. If a person confesses sin and does not change the sinful behavior, the confession is short-term, and will not bring about life-changing godly results. It can even be a confession of freedom hoping it will allow the fruit of the sin to be fully gained out in the open.

When we confess to God, we are so full of regret that we have hurt Him and desire only to be right in His eyes. We lay down our desires and want our life to line up with Scripture as best as we can. We flee from our sins, are repulsed by them and want to do them no more. We rely on God's grace to enable us to turn away from our sinful ways and to turn to God's holy ways. We want to make restitution to those we have harmed and are not seeking approval or acceptance from others. It is enough to know we have been forgiven by God and to know we are trying to live a life pleasing to Him. But truly, you cannot have repentance without belief. You must first believe Jesus Christ paid the penalty for your sins and that you cannot save yourself.

For many, especially unbelievers, confession is a false admittance of guilt while really being horribly upset about being caught in doing something wrong. Do you see how the focus is on the sinner? False confession can be manipulative and simply an act of contrition to really get what the person wants. It is twisted and controlling. Do you see what the sorrow of the world brings? It brings death, not life. It is a dead-end that only keeps your life in sin. When we have intention of stopping our sin and our actions instead of perpetuate the sin we are confessing, we are not confessing in a worldly way, but the way that pleases God. True confession is not about cleaning up your life, and trying to earn forgiveness through self-effort.

Real confession begins and ends in faith in Jesus Christ. It is recognizing that Jesus died for your sins, and therefore, you trust God to forgive you. It leads to repentance that is a change of mind --agreeing with God -- that leads to a change of behavior. It is so freeing, so uplifting, so renewing! Real confess brings about forgiveness from GOD and a new beginning in which we can grow more mature and restore those we have hurt by our sins. Real confession helps us draw closer to God, and opens our life to blessings. As long as we are open and honest with God, He will help us grow in faith and character. He will use our repented sins to conform us into Christlikeness.

So what do you do after you confess your sins? It depends, but if it is a godly confession, you repent: stop sinning, turn to living an obedience life and bring restitution to those who have been injured.

Don't be fooled by worldly sorrow that brings an unfruitful confession. If you are not ready to repent, you are not really confessing sin to God, you are making a show to the world and yourself for your own benefit.

We all can be forgiven; God makes our sins whiter than snow.
(On Deviantart by ennabird)

Forgiveness

Examine your heart and allow God to teach you. Confession is wonderful because it brings forgiveness and grace, and then a wonderful opportunity to begin again. Look back again at the Bible verse. Read the very last sentence.

Is that not wonderful?!? After confession and repentance, you will be living innocent in the matter! And that is to the glory God. Genuine confession brings eternal forgiveness from God. You don't have to keep confessing or have to do acts of contrition to deserve--somehow become worthy of--forgiveness. In God's eyes you are forgiven, you are innocent of that sin. So forgive yourself and begin again. 

Monday, March 30, 2015

Learning to Rest In the Lord

Many churches teach the great commission for Christian's young and old is Matthew 28: 19-20 -
“Go, therefore, and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
The secret to the Christian life is to first learn how to sit/rest in the Lord!

Christians are admonished to "GO" and "DO" but even the apostles had to learn to wait and rest upon the Lord before they did anything for God. They waited for the coming of the Holy Spirit to descend upon them, to empower them to be able to be a vessel to have the Lord serve through them. We no longer need to wait upon the release of the Holy Spirit because since this first outpouring He is being continually outpoured to believers, but we must learn to rest in God.

We must rest our entire weight upon God, just as if we are sitting in a chair and resting upon its support. Spiritually our whole weight is our entire life (past, present and future) must be resting upon the Lord. Until we get to this point, we can not progress in our Christian "walk". Sitting comes before walking. Our deliverance of sin is not based on what we do, but on totally relying on what Christ has done. It is because of Jesus that we can confess, repent and be forgiven to walk clean, holy and righteous before God. This is a continual process of resting in grace, undeserved but provided mercy (forgiveness).

But let us look to Ephesians to understand spiritual what takes place at our salvation:
"The God of our Lord Jesus Christ, ... raised him from the dead, and made him to sit at his right hand in the heavenly places... (1:17-21)" "And raised us up with him, and made us to sit with him in the heavenly places, in Christ Jesus: ... for by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not works, that no man should boast in glory." (2:6-9)
God made Jesus to sit first, and then by faith we through Him also must be made to sit with Him. Our salvation is a gift of grace, not of works; therefore, even more so, our Christian life is also by faith and grace and not done by works. Christianity begins in sitting. This is the greatest secret of spiritual life. Allow yourself to meditate upon this, envision it until you know deep within every crevice in your soul that you are His, and He is yours. Be satisfied, wanting nothing but more of Him.

We begin our Christian newness of life when we by faith see ourselves forgiven and made righteous by what Jesus has done for us. Never forget that in the end when Jesus was on the cross he spoke the words, "It is finished!" He did it all! We must first learn to take deep pleasure in God and what He has done for us, knowing there is nothing we can attain for ourselves.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Who or What is Your Isaac? Lay It Down

God created us for a relationship with Him. We have an inmate need to be in relationship with another. We want to be loved and to love. We want to be known and to know. We want to be accepted for who we are fully, knowing we are a continually messing up and in need of grace.

Open your Hand. Lay it Down. (lullaby by Veriasse on Deviant Art)


God is the only perfect relationship we will ever have.

So many times we try to fill this need for our relationship with other people, a career or another passion. We allow ourselves to be filled as much as possible with this "other" and think it is part of us that we absolutely can not live without. It is an obsession, an idol, but we think "it" is the very reason we are alive and without "it" we are purposeless, empty, even dead.

God is a jealous God. He says so in Scripture. He tested Abraham in this area. Abraham longed for a son to fulfill God's promise of having descendants that would be the number of the stars in the night sky. But Sarah did not get pregnant. In His quest for an heir, he slept with Sarah's maid and had a son named Ishmael (Mohammed was his descendant who started the new religion of Islam in the 600's).

But God did not forget to fulfill His promise to Abraham. Sarah did get pregnant and she had a son who was named Isaac - meaning laughter. Isaac was the joy of Abraham's heart. Not only did he fulfill God's promise, but he filled Abraham's heart. He was everything to Abraham - his passion, his joy, the reason for living in his old age.

God will not share his place in our life with another - whether that be a person, a thing, or an activity. Understand it is human nature to seek out the passion of our heart and to fill it. God wants to be that passion. He created us to be filled with His love. We are to first seek Him and His ways, and out of being filled we than pursue the desires of our heart that He gives us. He is the one who creates us to be the way we are; He longs for us to be full and happy. He wants us to have an abundant life, but we must place Him as our everything. Out of our relationship with God, our fullness, everything else will flow. We are stable to handle the crisis and traumas and human failures that come into our life.

But God will not share His place in our heart with another. Stop and ask yourself. Who or What is my Isaac? What do I think I cannot live without? Whatever it is - lay it down! Place it in an open hand and allow the Lord to remove it and if he desire to give it back. In my life, I whenever I recognize an "Isaac" I lay it down. Surprisingly God often returns it when I release it, but He does not have to. He alone is more than enough.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Pure Religion -- Are You Pleasing To God?

Did you know that the reason God let the Israelites be taken into captivity is because they did not keep their religion pure?

Do you help the poor?


You may have not heard it said that way before but James defined "pure religion" as:
Pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world. (James 1:27)
When my husband told me one morning that the Israelites were taken into captivity because they did not take care of the poor, I was surprised. Frankly, I had never heard anyone say this. I have been reading the Books of the prophets all of last year (Isaiah  and Zephaniah) and the beginning of the year (Amos and Micah). I did not remember this warning or woe given to the people. How did I overlook it?

When I asked my husband for a reference he had me read Isaiah 1, and there it is!
Wash yourselves, make yourselves clean; remove the evil of your deeds from My sight. Cease to do evil, Learn to do good; Seek justice, Reprove the ruthless, Defend the orphan, Plead for the widow. (Isaiah 1:16-17)
Your rulers are rebels and companions of thieves; everyone loves a bribe and chases after rewards. They do not defend the orphan, nor does the widow’s plea come before them. (Isaiah 1:23)
This was right after God had rebuked them from bringing sacrifices to him and holding feasts that were meaningless to Him because although they were going through the "churchy" motions, they were not living a life pleasing to God. They attended church, celebrated the holy days and met socially but their life was not dedicated to God's ways. They were not effecting their society for good and touching lives with the blessings of God because they were basically doing whatever they wanted to do in their life while keeping up with the religious requirements.

Oh, how this can sting personally!

Monday, March 9, 2015

Ownership of Property - Out of My Window

I sit in my swervable, melon-light-green, upholstered chair looking out the dingy six-paned window of my developing office/work space, with my left leg propped up on my cream, plastic sewing machine and my right leg tucked neatly underneath me. My view goes deep into the bare, leafless tall assortment of trees that cluster the woods beyond and around our property. All is still, except the ever so slight sway of the tattered fabric atop the children's old wooden fort.



And it strikes me that this is my literal view of the world from my home. We've paid the mortgage consistently and in a few short years this little piece of the earth will for my lifetime--if we choice to remain here as we have the past two decades--by deed be ours.

Knowing many have more spectacular views from their windows, I also recognize many will never come close to having the simple, peaceful one I have right now.

Deep in thought about universal philosophies I am quickly brought back to reality... Still peering out of my window, I notice something fluffy moving into my view. I suppose it is some chilled little squirrel on this single digit temperature winter day. But no, I see this beautiful, bushy grey and white cat with a tail as long as its body. Recognizing him --our playful, adventurous, indoor cat (Grayson)--has somehow found his way out of our warm cozy home to taste the life lived on the wild side.

Of course, when I get up and go to the back kitchen door and call him in he is quite happy to comply. The only person to leave our house was my son early this morning to go to work, so that little rascal has had his fill of the winter freeze considering it is 1:30 in the afternoon now. I laugh at him. Give him a big hug and then place him back down to be about "the private life of Grayson the cat." For any cat owner knows, cats don't thank their owners from rescuing them; they don't view life that way. He is too independent to think I did him a favor; he thinks he did me a favor by coming in because I called.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Prayer - Spiritual Communication

Most people struggle with prayer, myself included. Prayer takes many aspects working together at the same time: faith and focus consolidates the majority of issues.

With Childlike faith, in spirit and truth

Through Spirit and Truth

A key Bible verse for prayer is John 4:24:
"God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth."
Humans are physical bodies that have their soul (mind, will and emotions) and their spirit. Faith is believing God. It is birthed and developed by hearing God's Word, which is complete everlasting Truth. If we want to know God in truth, we must read, study and learn His Word, the Bible. But many times people become unable to worship God in prayer because they only possess a head knowledge of God and try to approach Him in their mind alone. Since God is spirit, we must pray in spirit and truth. We must approach God in spiritually. My spirit must reach out to connect to His. Simple prayer is a spiritual act of the believer.

While we can pray in any physical position of our body, it helps for us to find a way to bring our entire self into unison. This is why many people kneel to pray. In bowing before God, our physical body expresses the actions of our soul and spirit. We can just as well sit and bow our head or lay out on the floor before God. Each person and situation will be able to determine the best physical position to worship God in prayer.

Monday, February 23, 2015

The Book of Micah - Prophet of Promise!

Most prophets declare the coming 'doom and gloom' because of the sin of mankind. And indeed, Micah, an Old Testament Prophet around 735 BC, did have harsh words against sinning and the destruction it would bring. But, surprisingly to me, Micah spends a lot of his time sharing about the coming of Jesus and the promise of good for those who choose God and obey.


Reading Micah

I must say after reading Isaiah and Amos, I was so happy to read Micah. Matter of fact, I spent almost all of last year in Isaiah chewing over it slowly, verse by verse, chapter by chapter. I would say it is a serious book of the Bible because the largest portions of Isaiah teach about the coming punishment/judgement for sin.

I love how the books of the Bible have a personal flare; the author--though each were inspired by the one and same Holy Spirit to write--gives his unique voice, as each other should! Too many authors today try to follow a formula that has been successful in being profitable and this is pushed by the fact that publishers seek authors that follow the formula for recent success. But it is my belief, if a person has to labor too much over voice/style, they are not being genuine and therefore they have failed themselves regardless of the amount of audience or success they achieve.

Micah, like Amos, is called by God to be a prophet out of the countryside. The Bible does not tell us his previous profession before he became a prophet. We simply know that he was obedient to God, and spoke what he heard, and gave his own response, particularly when God asked for one. I do not like to go to outside sources (extra-Biblical books) to discover more about a book I am reading because I don't want to be influenced by another human until I have gleaned all that I can from the Bible itself. So I have nothing more to share with you than what is disclosed within the Book of Micah.

Arise In Micah


Three times in this book I read the word 'arise'. I am sure this stands out for me since this year God gave me the theme of 'rise' for 2015. In Micah 2:10, God says,
"Arise and depart, for this is not your rest; because it is defiled, it shall destroy you, even with utter destruction."
In this first time 'arise' is used God has just explained that the cause for His coming judgement is sin.
"Woe to those who devise iniquity and work out evil on their beds! At morning light they practice it, because it is in the power of their hand. They covet fields and take them by violence, also houses, and seize them. So they oppress a man and his house, a man and his inheritance." (Micah 2: 1-2)
But quickly after God issues this warning and tells His people to arise, he gives a promise of future restoration:
"I will surely assemble all of you, O Jacob, I will surely gather the remnant of Israel; I will put them together like sheep of the fold, like a flock in the midst of their pasture; They shall make a loud noise because of so many men. The one who breaks open will come up before them; They will break out, pass through the gate and go , out by it; their king will pass before them, with the LORD at their head." (Micah 2: 12-13)
All too often we think of the remnant as being such a little group but God says, "they shall make a loud noise because of so many men." Does that not make your heart want to shout, "Glory to God!" Jesus, the LORD, will be at their head leading them. He truly is our good shepherd.

In Micah 2:10, God is warning His people that they have sinned and are living in sin. He calls for them to arise and depart. Through sin they have lost what was given to them and generations prior to them. God gave them the land, but they are to keep it on the condition that they remain obedient and honoring to Him. Is this not a stark warning to the church of America? We cannot pretend to play church and think that God is going to be pleased. He is looking for us to minister to, teach and heal those around us. Too many get cozy in the world as though this world was our resting place, but we need to keep an view of our eternal home always in mind. God is our inheritance - nothing on this world can substitute for Him.