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"Thy wife shall be as a FRUITFUL VINE by the sides of thy house." Psalm 128:3a

Don't Draw Back
by Jeannie Kirkpatrick

. . . as Lot's wife desiring the well-watered plains of her easy way of life.

Instead be an Isaiah who set his face as a flint to wholly follow the Lord.

"The Lord God hath opened mine ear, and I was not rebellious, neither turned away back. For the Lord God will help me; therefore shall I not be confounded; therefore have I set my face like a flint, and I know that I shall not be ashamed." Isaiah 50:5 & 7

Be a Daniel. . .   "I set my face unto the Lord God. . ." Daniel 9:3a

We need to be as Jesus our example. . .

"And it came to pass when the time was come that He should be received up, He stedfastly set His face to go to Jerusalem," Luke 9:51

Be a David. . . "Mine eyes are ever toward the Lord. . ." Psalm 25:15a

We also to need to be as Jesus' disciples. . .

". . .who looked stedfastly toward heaven. . ." Acts 1:10

Our whole goal and purpose should be to be as Paul. . .

"I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus." Philippians 3:14

"...A certain man went DOWN from Jerusalem (the true place of worship and peace) to Jericho and fell among thieves." Luke 10:30a

Have we become as the man who went away from the place of true worship and peace? He traveled down the Jericho road and fell among thieves. Whenever we leave the place of true worship and peace we too head down the wrong road.

Luke says this man fell AMONG thieves. He became as one of them. When we go down from Jerusalem, at this point it becomes very easy to become friends with thieves.

The Psalms portray the characteristics of this type of man:

"Seeing thou hatest instruction, and casteth My words behind thee. When thou sawest a thief, then thou consentest with him, and hast been partakers with adulterers." Psalm 50:17+18

The Psalmist tells us this man:

     Hated instruction
     He cast God's Word behind Him
     He consented or agreed with thieves
     He became partaker with adulterers

The book of Proverbs tells us . . ."He who is partner with thieves hateth his own soul." Proverbs 29:24

Isaiah tell us. . . "Thy princes are rebellious, and companions of thieves: everyone loveth gifts, and followeth after rewards: they judge not the fatherless, neither doth the cause of the widow come unto them." Isaiah 1:23

In the book of Jeremiah, we discover those who have gone away from Jerusalem and dwell in the plains of Moab. What are the characteristics of the thieves who dwell in Moab?

"For was not Israel a derision unto thee? Was he found among thieves? We have heard the pride of Moab, (he is exceeding proud) his arrogancy, and his pride, and his haughtiness of his heart." Jeremiah 48:27 & 29

Their pride, their arrogancy, and their haughtiness is an abomination before God.

We need to ask ourselves, "Have we become as the prodigal son who left the father, went to a far county, and fell among thieves?"

". . .the young son gathered all together and took his journey into a far country, and there wasted his substance on riotous living. And when he had spent all there arose a mighty famine in that land, and he began to be in want. And he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country; and he sent him into his fields to feed swine.

We need to consider if we have come to the same place as this young son:

And when he came to himself, he said, How many hired servants of my father's have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger?

I will arise and go to my father. . ." Luke 15:13-15, 17 & 20

Recognize where the young son came to. Have all turned away from the Father and have gone about to spend their earthly inheritance? We need to come to ourselves and see from where we have fallen? The thieves of this way of life have robbed us of our inheritance in God, and we are indeed dwelling in a mighty famine of the Word of God. This was prophesied by the prophet Amos:

"Behold, the days come, saith the Lord God, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the Lord." Amos 8:11

Return unto the Father where there is bread enough and to spare!

The Good Samaritan desires to pour in the oil and the wine and renew our soul. Yes, He found us bleeding and dying on the Jericho road, but we, as the prodigal son can hear the Father saying, when we return back to Jerusalem, the true place of worship and peace:

"Bring forth the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet: and bring hither the fatted calf, and kill it, and let us eat, and be merry. For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found. And they began to be merry." Luke 15:22-24

There is mercy for a repentant heart.

 Don't draw back!

                             Don't leave Jerusalem for a far country.

You can only fall among thieves who will steal your inheritance in God.

Allow the Father to pour in the oil and the wine.

All creation is waiting to rejoice for the lost sons who have come home!

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