“My people are going after their lovers; the things that have captivated their hearts above their relationship with Me. They are in full pursuit of mammon, of power, of the things that moth and rust destroy, but they have forgotten Me altogether. I call them adulteresses as Gomer was. I will make an example of who and what they serve. It is not Me,” says the Lord.
“Until everything that can be shaken will be shaken, they will see where their true devotion lies, and what they value most will be taken away to give them another chance to return to Me before it is too late and the door is shut.”
Tell them, “Return to Me. Stop robbing Me. Rend your hearts in true repentance so that a time of refreshing may come. You thirst, but you don’t know where to find water. Come to my well. Be cleansed, refreshed, and renewed in me. Not yourself, your plans, or your kingdom. The kingdoms of this earth will fall, but my kingdom is eternal.”
Going After Their Lovers
Our God is so loving and faithful to us, even when we’ve gone astray. The word he gave me this morning speaks of a people, who to be honest, he’s saying a lot to right now. By that I mean, I’m noticing a theme in what he wants to say to the readers of this blog, and that is RETURN. It takes perseverance to stay on the narrow path in these last days. Why? You would think that believers could accurately discern the time and season we are in prophetically. I don’t know or understand why more believers aren’t taking this seriously. Perhaps it’s because they aren’t finished doing all of their own personal living, i.e., making that name for themselves, chasing money to the point that it winds up yoking them, pursuing the lust of the eyes and the flesh, etc. I once had an acquaintance tell me that she wasn’t ready for the Lord to come back because she wanted to travel and watch her kids grow up. At a very base level, that’s just worldly thinking, and it points to where her treasures are.
I’m not saying that God doesn’t want you to have goals or enjoy life, but living life in Christ is living life with an open hand- not gripped to your plans, your agenda, or your wants. After all, the cross is a symbol of death, and Jesus said, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must take up his cross (crucify their own flesh/desires/etc.) and follow me” (Matt.16:24). The word of the Lord today says that people are serving mammon (spirit of riches and wealth), power, and things that God says will decay (moth/rust, Matthew 6:19).
Jeremiah 18:15 says, “For My people have forgotten Me, They burn incense to worthless gods And they have stumbled from their ways, From the ancient paths, To walk in bypaths, Not on a highway..” God is saying some of his people have forgotten him altogether and he likens them to Gomer in the Bible
Who was Gomer?
Gomer was the adulteress wife of the prophet Hosea. The Lord commanded Hosea to take an adulteress wife to symbolize Israel’s unfaithfulness to God. Just as Gomer lost interest in Hosea and ran after other lovers, we too can easily (through distraction, temptation, apathy, etc.) lose appreciation for all that Jesus paid for us, and take for granted our special relationship with God. This can look like pursuing your own dreams and goals without including him, or even operating in witchcraft by rebelling against the word of God. King Saul is an example you can read here. You might ask, “How have I rebelled against the word of God?” Honestly, if you have ever rejected God’s word in any way, added or taken away from his word, twisted the word of God, etc., you are practicing a form of christian witchcraft. What’s interesting in Saul’s situation is that once the anointing of God and the prophet departed from him, he eventually consulted with occultic mediums, attempted to conjure up the dead, and his story and legacy ended in tragedy.
The Lord says, today, He is going to make an example of those who are living like Gomer, unfaithful to Him. He will prove to them where their true love lies.
There are several interpretations of the word shaken. Here are some:
2. brandish in anger or as a warning; make a threatening gesture with.
4. cause a change of mood or attitude by shocking or disturbing (someone).
The Lord is saying today that He is going to shake literally everything to prove to these people what they genuinely value, and to give them another chance to repent and realign their worship to God and God alone. The Lord adds, “While there is still time before the door is shut.”
In Luke 13:22 Jesus teaches about entering the kingdom. Someone asked him, “‘Lord, are only a few people going to be saved?” He said to them, ‘Make every effort to enter through the narrow door, because many, I tell you, will try to enter and will not be able to. Once the owner of the house gets up and closes the door, you will stand outside knocking and pleading, ‘Sir, open the door for us.’ But he will answer, ‘I don’t know you or where you come from.’ Then you will say, ‘We ate and drank with you, and you taught in our streets.’ But he will reply, ‘I don’t know you or where you came from. Away from me, all you evildoers!’
Rend Your Heart
There’s no doubt this word is sobering. The Lord is saying to you today, “Return to Me.” God’s word says, “Don’t tear your clothing in your grief, but tear your hearts instead.” Return to the LORD your God, for he is merciful and compassionate, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love. He is eager to relent and not punish (Joel 2:13)
The pursuit for more is vanity. Your appetite for the things you are craving will only increase. Ensure that you are craving the word of God, life in the spirit, and a relationship with Jesus above everything else. His kingdom. Not yours. His path. Not yours.
“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied” (Matthew 5:6). I’m praying God shows you areas of your thinking and life where you need to repent, and that you actually confess and repent. Don’t make this word about someone else. This is about YOUR relationship (or lack thereof) with Jesus. Rededicate yourself to His plan and purpose for your life and start living like His disciples while there is still time.