First off, I want to thank Pastor Cathy for that great title!
Secondly, I know some of you will be disappointed this post is not one in our Israel series, but just hold on….it is coming (hopefully soon). In all seriousness, I am still trying to get a handle on the series as a whole before I post the next addition. The Holy Spirit is leading me and he is taking me somewhere I didn’t anticipate, so more time and research is needed. I thank you for your patience and hope to have the next installment tomorrow.
Back to the vomit……
The title may sound gross, but living in the vomit is even grosser. It seriously makes my spirit grieve and my heartbreak to see those who know better returning to the world (aka: the vomit). Because I know what is coming.
Proverbs 26:11 (NLT): As a dog returns to its vomit, so a fool repeats his foolishness.
The fool here has no more sense than the dog that eats his own vomit.
If we know better, then we should live better; we should learn and live by our mistakes.
To do otherwise is just plain folly or foolishness.
2 Peter 2:20-22 (NLT): And when people escape from the wickedness of the world by knowing our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and then get tangled up and enslaved by sin again, they are worse off than before. 21 It would be better if they had never known the way to righteousness than to know it and then reject the command they were given to live a holy life. 22 They prove the truth of this proverb: “A dog returns to its vomit.”[g] And another says, “A washed pig returns to the mud.”
Unfortunately, lately, I have seen way too much of this. I have witnessed people walk away from church only to find themselves in a hot mess. Why? Because people who fall back into sin (and people who are without a church, easily fall to temptation and to sin) are overcome by their sins. In other words, pride keeps them from admitting they were wrong, repenting, and making things right with God.
It is my belief that people who know Jesus and then walk away end up far worse than what they were before because the guilt/conviction tares them up. They drink and drug more to cover the guilt. They go deeper and deeper into their sins to feel better and try to overcome the conviction. But no matter what they do, they can’t find peace because they are no longer in the will of God. Some even try to justify their actions, which only leads them deeper and deeper into sin.
False teaching will lead you astray;
Anger will destroy you;
Jealousy will eat you alive;
An overzealous belief in grace will lead you into slavery of sin;
And on and on it goes…………
Please know that any road that takes you further away from God will lead to destruction and ruin you.
Come on people, we have all seen it. Some may have even lived it.
We are in church doing well, and then something happens. We let in a little sin here and a little sin there, and before we know it we are on the slippery slope down.
Or, we have a church argument here, a disagreement there, and pretty soon we have left our church and now we are on our own, afraid to commit to another church.
It might be that we hear something on the radio. It tickles our ears; we want to believe it, so we believe it. Pretty soon we find ourselves believing everyone else is plain stupid and just doesn’t get it and we walk away from church.
We buy into the world’s belief that church is just religion, and we don’t need it.
We find ourselves exactly where Satan wanted us-away from God. I strongly believe that:
The majority of people who walk away from church, eventually walk away from God.
Hebrews 10:25 (NLT): 25 And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.
Why? Because together we are far more effective, less tempted, and not as easily led astray.
I know I am probably preaching to the choir here. But if you are someone who has lost their way, let me just say there is absolutely no condemnation in Christ. He will welcome you back with open arms. So, please, please, don’t let pride keep you from the arms of our loving Father.
For the rest of us, please pray for those who have walked away. Please pray they will find their way back, even if they hurt you or your church. Pray for eyes to be open to false teaching and wolves in sheep’s clothing. Pray, pray, pray.
Lord, today I pray for all those who have known you and have chosen another path. Please open their eyes and hearts. Help them to see the errors of their ways. I lift them up to you Lord for I know there is nothing I can do. You are a mighty God with far-reaching arms, and I trust you and your will. In Jesus’ name I pray, AMEN!