Jeremiah was a prophet and his ministry lasted 40 years. During his ministry, destruction took place under the reign of King Josiah. Israel turned their back on God. Jeremiah realized that a devastating destruction was going to take place if the nation did not repent. In Jeremiah 2:1-13, we see that early Israel was devoted to God. But Israel broke the covenant with God even though HE was faithful. The spiritual leaders rebelled against God, they were insensitive to God’s power and presence and so, they lost it. In verse 13, the Bible tells us God’s people committed two sins:
1. They abandoned God, the One who remained faithful in all their trials
2. They dug their own wells, broken wells that could not hold water (Living of the world), the Israelites found pleasures from Idols and the world. We must not become insensitive to conviction to the point we minimize it and don’t feel it so we just keep digging broken cisterns.
Digging their own cisterns stopped me in my tracks. Jesus died on the CROSS and bore all my sins and past, washed me white as snow but it made me sit and think am I carrying around a shovel to dig my own wells? I may step on some toes here but is our secret sin causing us to go from complete surrender and leading us to destruction? The destruction doesn’t happen overnight but slowly because we start to become insensitive to the Spirit and lose our convictions.
Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the spirit desires. The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace. Romans 8:5-6
What flesh desires are hindering you from having a life and peace? Sin is sin and we all fight our flesh, scripture tells us that we must die to ourselves daily. We must completely surrender, you cannot give a little here and there, even if we consider it just “little” sin, it can lead us to destruction or we can be the fall for someone else. Jesus died for our sins, but we can’t live in sin and have freedom. I am not promising it will be easy but it will be worth it because scripture tells us we will have Freedom.
Pastor Kendra Scott