Nigeria, West Africa
A. HIS PROGRAM FOR HIS PEOPLE
“For I know the plans I have for you, “declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29: 11 )
“For thus saith the Lord that after seventy years are accomplished at Babylon I will visit you and perform My good word toward you in causing you to return to this place.” (Jeremiah)
God had told them what they should do and should not do. He would now tell them what He would do as the covenant-keeping God. Our lives will assume better shape if we always obey God’s commandment, even when we don’t know why.
God would not be angry forever, though the sinner won’t go unpunished.They suffer for a while before He would come for their deliverance.
People often think that God has forgotten them during adversities. God told the exiles that He was allowing things to work out thus, because of His gracious plan to prosper them, to give them hope and a future.
“Then shall you call upon Me, and you shall go pray to Me and I will hearken to you. And you shall seek Me, and find Me, when you shall search for Me with all your heart.” (Jeremiah.29:12-13 )
Does God permanently abandon His people? No! He would deliver the exiles, so that their broken relationship/fellowship with Him would be restored. This renewal is however conditional. They must seek God whole heartedly.
B. HIS PROGRAM MUST BE FOLLOWED
“Therefore, hear the word of the Lord, all you exiles whom I have sent away from Jerusalem to Babylon.”(Jeremiah 29:20)
In the book of Jeremiah, we can see that the people blinded themselves with belief in the predictions of those false prophets/diviners they amassed to themselves. This would result in grave consequences on the people. May we not be loggerheads with our Creator.
Sword, famine, and plague would divinely pursue them, for because they had not listened to God’s words both the exiles and those at home were culprits. Hence, they needed to hear the word of God and obey, unconditionally, just like us today.
The only antidote to not being part of the destruction that would come on these evil people was to TRUST and OBEY the true Lord Jesus Christ.
My brothers and sisters, God doesn’t permanently abandon His people; they can be sure of His restoration and full reinstatement when they realise their mistakes and repent.
May our good God of Israel bless every one in Jesus Christ’s Name.
Pastor Abel Oyewale
Abba Father Fellowship International
Nigeria, West Africa
In 2018, Love For his People wants to help Pastor Abel make his first trip to Israel, to experience this major opportunity to go to the Holy Land. He will join us there for a week with the Lord’s people. It will then help him bring back more of a connection to Israel with his congregation in Nigeria.
He needs your help. Will you help us help him do this? The flight from Nigeria to Israel is $1200.
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