Return to God with all your heart, your whole heart. Admitting any wrongdoings in your life, admitting that you have turned away from God in any part of your life. All my life I have had a stirring inside of me but before I knew what I was doing I had Warnings, flashing signs, caution lights, like when you are going the wrong way on the highway. Sometimes ignoring the signs either to busy or curiosity of what was ahead. Many years gone by, 2007 started the turning point.
"Return to Me" I thought that I had messed up, that there was no way God would ever forgive me for all I had done. I started to go back but I was still half-hearted, still unsure, Still walking a path that was going the wrong way. November 25, 2009, there was a halt. I had reached the cliff and about fell. I had a stroke that should of killed me but God saved me, brought me back because He is not done. What a wake up call!
"Return to Me" I was like Judah, half-hearted, turned away from God, watching others wanting to be more like the world (accepted) instead of what God wanted. Saying one thing and doing the opposite. Going to church off and on. Jeremiah 7, God wanted Jeremiah to go to His house and speak. The people did not listen to Jeremiah. They would not listen through all the words God gave to Jeremiah to say to them. The warnings!
"Return to Me and I will not cause My anger to fall on you. For I am merciful, says the Lord; I will not remain angry forever. Only acknowledge your iniquity, that you have transgressed against the Lord your God, and have scattered your charms to alien deities under every green tree, and you have not obeyed My voice, says the Lord." Jeremiah 3:12-13
God wants us to return to Him. He wants our whole heart. To completely give ourselves to Him. We don't have to end up like Judah and Israel, in captivity and having God's wrath upon us! As long as we Return to Him who is merciful and forgiving.
"O Jerusalem, wash your heart from wickedness, that you may be saved. How long shall your evil thoughts lodge within you?" Jeremiah 4:14
Our thoughts get us into trouble when they are not clean. Hatred, bitterness, thinking every thing is okay and not being ashamed of evil doings... How long before we change our thinking?
Jeremiah, appointed by God (Jeremiah 1:5-19) as a prophet, was saddened by all that was going on in his nation. "O my soul, my soul! I am pained in my very heart! My heart makes a noise in me; I cannot hold my peace, because you have heard, O my soul, the sound of the trumpet, the alarm of war." Jeremiah 4:19
In verses one and two of chapter 5 God asks Jeremiah to show him one person who seeks the truth and He would pardon Jerusalem.
"O Lord, are not Your eyes on the truth? (faithful) You have stricken them, but they have not grieved; You have consumed them, but they have refused to receive correction. They have made their faces harder than rock; they have refused to return." Jeremiah 5:3
Jeremiah is talking to God about his people and how they are not returning. They refuse to be corrected for their actions. Will we listen?
During all this time, it made me think about our own nation and how society has accepted items that go against God. Are we not ashamed? Are we not saddened by going against God? In our government? In our schools? In our marriages? Will we return to God or end up in captivity/slaves to another nation?
"Hear, O earth! Behold, I will certainly bring calamity on this people- The fruit of their thoughts, because they have not heeded (listened) My words nor My law, but rejected it." Jeremiah 6:19
"Return to Me" God loves us! Sending Jesus, His only Son, to suffer and die for us. Believe in Him. He paid our debt for our sins, repent. We are not perfect but we are to learn and obey God's correction.
"For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life."
Will you believe and obey God's correction? Will you return?
If you have never accepted God's gift of everlasting life and follow Jesus, it's a gift, He wants to give, forgiveness, love, compassion. Ask Jesus to be your Savior, Lord of your life, to have a personal relationship with you and live in your heart.
Pray for His forgiveness and to guide you in the areas that need work. He loves you, will you listen and walk with Him?