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It is becoming harder and harder to discern: up from down, right from wrong, truth from the lie. The river of this world flows rapidly downstream away from the mountain of God. People linger on the edges and without even realizing it, a person can end up miles downstream from what he knows is right. The ride was enjoyable, accompanied by lots of people, it can’t be that bad. Right?

It is time to step out of the river of the world. Come away from it. Evaluate where you are and where you are going. The Lord calls us to walk the narrow path of holiness, righteousness, and pursuit of Him. The world calls us to a wide, seemingly easy way. Which path are you going to take?

In Jeremiah, we read about a people who, for generations, were set apart for the Lord and lived according to His Word. “Then I set before the sons of the house of the Rechabites bowls full of wine, and cups; and I said to them, “Drink wine.”   But they said, “We will drink no wine, for Jonadab the son of Rechab, our father, commanded us, saying, ‘You shall drink no wine, you nor your sons, forever.    You shall not build a house, sow seed, plant a vineyard, nor have any of these; but all your days you shall dwell in tents, that you may live many days in the land where you are sojourners.’ Thus we have OBEYED….”

Even when commanded by the great prophet Jeremiah, a man of God, to “drink wine,” the Rechabites refused. Because of their life of obedience, they could stand in truth and refuse the cup. The Lord rewarded their faithfulness with a promise of a remnant; “…thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel: Jonadab the son of Rechab shall not lack a man to stand before Me forever” (Jeremiah 35:1-19).

A true remnant is loyal to God, loves the truth, is honest and has unwavering integrity. The remnant is a center piece of the garment that allows the Lord to sew “those who call upon His name” into the beautiful, eternal tapestry He is weaving. Lighthouse, we have been proclaimed a remnant.

It is time for us to step out of the ebb and flow of worldly things that so easily entangle us and lead us astray. We need to walk back up the hill toward the righteous call of our Lord Jesus and surrender to the disciplines of sanctification. We are, “The Elect,” time to walk accordingly.

Tim Bonnington

Posted in: Weekly Bulletin


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