AFFLICTION SHALL NOT ARISE....(3)
Acts 3:19 Repent ye, therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord
Insight and Highlight
Affliction shall not arise a second time, but it is also important to know why the first happened so as to avoid the second from happening.
If God will not punish you again for the same sin and ensure the affliction does not rise a second time, then we also ought to have a collective effort to seek revelation why the first affliction arose so as to avoid its second form of occurrence.
In the book of Judges, affliction arose for the children of Israel, repeatedly.
As God destroyed their enemies so another arose. God brought a total of twelve Judges from Othniel to Samson, to deliver them on each occasion.
The people were repeated offenders, so affliction repeated itself.
In Judges 10:7, God sold the children of Israel into the "...hands of the Philistines, and into the hands of the children of Ammon...
In Judges 10:15, the people cried unto the Lord seeking to be delivered, only:
And the children of Israel said unto the Lord, We have sinned: do thou unto us whatsoever seemeth good unto thee; deliver us only, we pray thee, this day.
The people sought relief from their afflictions, not revival.
This form of prayer request still remains with many of us today: we seek to be "delivered only" but we do not seek a relationship with God in order to prevent future wrath of God in judgment.
We must seek a revelation why the first affliction arose so that the second, just as God promised, will not rise.
When we seek a cure, it is also imperative that we find out the source of the disease so as to prevent further or future outbreaks.
Seek not just the cure, seek the source of the disease, seek not just healing seek the Source of healing - God, the Jehovah Rapha.
We should not only ask God for deliverance but should also ask Him, out a repentant heart, to renew and revive us from repeatedly falling into willful sin.
Call to Word action
Isaiah 30:19 For the people shall dwell in Zion at Jerusalem: thou shalt weep no more: he will be very gracious unto thee at the voice of thy cry; when he shall hear it, he will answer thee.
The Christian clarion duty
Isaiah 51:22 Thus saith thy Lord the LORD, and thy God that pleadeth the cause of his people, Behold, I have taken out of thine hand the cup of trembling, even the dregs of the cup of my fury; thou shalt no more drink it again:
Isaiah 60:18-20 Violence shall no more be heard in thy land, wasting nor destruction within thy borders; but thou shalt call thy walls Salvation and thy gates Praise…
....in Jesus' name.
Good morning all and be blessed as you come into His presence, today.
God bless you.