Until There is No Remedy (II Kings 24-25; II Chronicles 36)

16 But they kept mocking the messengers of God, despising his words and scoffing at his prophets, until the wrath of the Lord rose against his people, until there was no remedy. II Chronicles 36:16

I cannot imagine the horror’s that are taking place in Afghanistan today. After 20 years of protection given by the American Army, it is now over. It seems as if there is no remedy for the problem. Last evening our family watched a CNN interview with a former military officer who served in Afghanistan. The officer made the following observation: “I knew we could not win the war because the enemy was willing to wait until we lost our interest in the war.”

For some reason this man’s observation stuck in my mind and heart. This morning I am still focusing on what God wants me to learn from what I have heard. Brothers and sisters, is it possible that our common enemy (Satan) is willing to wait until we lose interest in the battles we face?

For a few moments let us turn our focus to Jeremiah’s day. Did his nation end up in captivity because they lost interest in their fight with Satan? According to Scripture I believe the answer is yes.

According to Scripture, God in His love was persistently sending messengers (prophets) to tell the people to turn back to God. But the people were not interested in the fight for their souls. They were more interested in their indulgence in sin. With each new prophet the people resisted and rebelled against God even more. Judah did this until their was no longer a remedy for their sin.

Could it be so that our nation no longer has a remedy for our sin? Oh the horror of even thinking about this. With all my heart I am praying that it is not true. However, I know without spiritual awakening in the church, we will arrive at the place of no remedy.

The question I place before you is this: What can the church do?

Allow me to place 6 things in response before you:

  1. We must get our spiritual houses in order. Its time to clean up spiritually, I Peter 4:7.
  2. We must return to our first love, which is Jesus Christ, Rev. 2:4-5.
  3. We must regain our heart for the Body of Christ, I Peter 4:8-11.
  4. We must return to our only mission as a church, Acts 1:8.
  5. We must regain our hearts for the souls of all people, I Peter 4:12-17.
  6. We must again live each day as if the Lord Jesus will return today, I Thess. 1:9-10.

 For they themselves report concerning us the kind of reception we had among you, and how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God, 10 and to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, Jesus who delivers us from the wrath to come. I Thess. 1:9-10

Two questions:

  1. Have you lost interest in the war? If so, discover why.
  2. Where do you need to start in order to regain interest in the war? Check out the list above.

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