Are You Being Faithful?

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Are you being faithful? Not to your husband. Not to your wife. Or your fiance or boyfriend or girlfriend. Not that you shouldn’t be faithful to them; you should. That goes without saying. But if you take one look around you at the dire mess that America is in, and the world on top of it, you will understand my question. For America isn’t in such dire straits because of the rampant infidelity when it comes to marriages and relationships, though that undoubtedly is a crucial nasty consequence of the root cause of it all and a certain ugly contributing factor to the awful state of America as a whole right now. Let me ask the question again. Are you being faithful? Is your life committed unto the Lord God almighty, Creator of the universe? For there is nothing, and nobody, more important in the universe to whom we must all be faithful than Him.The root cause of the world’s woes is that many of us are being faithful – to ourselves and to stuff and to the ways of this world and the ways of the devil as we strive to satisfy our fleshly desires instead of being faithful to Him. We need to give our love, our steadfastness, our yearning, our desire, and our commitment to our one true God, the Lord. And once we give our hearts and lives to the Lord, and to His ways, then will be faithful in our marriages and relationships as He desires.Then will we live the lives He has called us to live. Then will we contribute good to this nation, and this world, instead of contributing to the downfall of this world He has created.

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In the Book of Jeremiah in the Bible’s Old Testament, though God is warning Israel and Judah to repent of their adultery and return to Him, to leave behind their backslidings, and to return to Him with their WHOLE hearts, He is also speaking to us today. God is not looking for a quick “I am sorry” followed by a return to our wrongful ways. He is looking for total commitment to Him. He is looking for utter fidelity to Him. He is looking for complete dedication to Him. He is looking for sold out lives. Can you imagine an adulterous wife saying “I am sorry” to her husband and then jumping straight back into the arms of her lover? God warns us against this! He does not want insincere apologies; He doesn’t want us running back to Him with a quick apology so we can get some more goods from Him and trollop off again into our harlotry by living our lives according to the ways of this world. He wants genuine sorrow, true repentance, and wholehearted commitment to Him and His ways.

Are you faithful – to Him? If not, turn to Him. Or return if you have turned away. With your WHOLE heart. Read the Book of Jeremiah. Is He speaking to you? If He is, don’t waste another minute. Repent and return – with your WHOLE heart! And don’t stop with the Book of Jeremiah. Study His Word daily. The world teaches us how to live according to its ungodly ways. The Lord teaches us in His Word how to be faithful to Him – with our WHOLE hearts. And, at the end of the day, this is all that matters – that we lived for the One who gave us life. Return, my friend, return!  

Jer 3:6  The LORD said also unto me in the days of Josiah the king, Hast thou seen that which backsliding Israel hath done? she is gone up upon every high mountain and under every green tree, and there hath played the harlot. 
Jer 3:7  And I said after she had done all these things, Turn thou unto me. But she returned not. And her treacherous sister Judah saw it. 
Jer 3:8  And I saw, when for all the causes whereby backsliding Israel committed adultery I had put her away, and given her a bill of divorce; yet her treacherous sister Judah feared not, but went and played the harlot also. 
Jer 3:9  And it came to pass through the lightness of her whoredom, that she defiled the land, and committed adultery with stones and with stocks. 
Jer 3:10  And yet for all this her treacherous sister Judah hath not turned unto me with her whole heart, but feignedly, saith the LORD. 
Jer 3:11  And the LORD said unto me, The backsliding Israel hath justified herself more than treacherous Judah. 
Jer 3:12  Go and proclaim these words toward the north, and say, Return, thou backsliding Israel, saith the LORD; and I will not cause mine anger to fall upon you: for I am merciful, saith the LORD, and I will not keep anger for ever. 
Jer 3:13  Only acknowledge thine iniquity, that thou hast transgressed against the LORD thy God, and hast scattered thy ways to the strangers under every green tree, and ye have not obeyed my voice, saith the LORD. 

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