Turn and Dwell

And the Lord hath sent unto you all his servants the prophets, rising early and sending them; but ye have not hearkened, nor inclined your ear to hear.  They said, Turn ye again now every one from his evil way, and from the evil of your doings, and dwell in the land that the Lord hath given unto you and to your fathers for ever and ever: And go not after other gods to serve them, and to worship them, and provoke me not to anger with the works of your hands; and I will do you no hurt.

Jeremiah 25:4-6

When you think about it, this is exactly what our “prophets” of today are supposed to do.  Of course, we don’t have prophets any more, but we do have pastors and teachers who are given to us by the Lord to help us follow Him.  These verses give us some good things that our pastors are supposed to be telling us and helping us with:

1. “Turn ye again now every one from his evil way, and from the evil of your doings…”
–  Pastors and teachers should warn people about evil.  They should implore us to stop doing wrong, and if we aren’t doing wrong, they should implore us to not start doing wrong.

2. “dwell in the land that the Lord hath given unto you and to your fathers for ever and ever…”
– On the flip side of the coin, we need to be encouraged to “dwell in the land.”  The Lord has given us so many promises.  We need to take hold of those promises and live in the victory that He has given us. 

We need to both avoid evil and do good.  It seems that sometimes we get one or the other down, but getting both is a difficult thing to do.  Sometimes we don’t really do anything horrible, but we don’t really do anything good either.  Other times, when we are really trying to do something good, we fall on our faces.  No matter who is “preaching” these things to us, it is important that we listen and take heed.

6 responses to this post.

  1. Yes, it does seem that it is hard to do good and not evil. I pray that I can do good and that God keeps me on the straight and narrow. Good post.

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  2. Thank you, Ben

    “The Lord has given us so many promises. We need to take hold of those promises and live in the victory that He has given us. ”
    I read your post and thought of 2 Chronicles 7:14 … “if my people, who are called by my name, will 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.”

    Thanks for pointing out that it’s not enough to just avoid evil…we need to make the effort to do good.

    Blessings and thanks,
    ann

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    • That is a good verse. He has promised to help us and to give us the victory if we will only follow Him and do what He says. The more I read the Bible, the more I begin to realize that walking with God is an all-day, every day thing.

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  3. Some days it does seem all we can do is resist doing evil. So much to think about here . . .as usual! Thankful that He always always helps us to do good and resist temptation.
    Ben, I don’t have a link . . .sorry . . .but Linda K has LarryWho on her blog roll. He is called to be a prophet and there are others. I learn a lot at his site. Not sure what you think of that and if you’d like to read any of his posts, but thought I would let you know!
    God bless you and thank you for sharing His word with us today!

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    • For me, it seems like resisting evil is a full time job. But, I guess as long as I live with this sinful flesh, that is going to be a problem. I too am praying that He will help me to both resist the evil and do the good that He wants me to do.

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