The waters of Flint are crying out

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This morning our Father in Heaven sounded a warning to our Nation. He is good, merciful and loving but He is also just. He connected the Flint Water Crisis with Deuteronomy 8 as a prophetic warning. I also prayed and asked God for confirmation before I communicated this message and He answered with confirmation which I’ll also provide at the end of this message.

“The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some people think of slowness; on the contrary, he is patient with you; for it is not his purpose that anyone should be destroyed, but that everyone should turn from his sins.” 2 Peter 3:9 CJB

Upon reading Deuteronomy 8, verses 14-15 leaped off the page.

“you will become proud-hearted. Forgetting Adonai your God– who brought you out of the land of Egypt, where you lived as slaves; who led you through the vast and fearsome desert, with its poisonous snakes, scorpions and waterless, thirsty ground; who brought water out of flint rock for you.”

And before I continue I want to clarify that I am not suggesting that the Flint Water Crisis was punishment to the people of Flint, Michigan. The water crisis happened because in an effort to save that region $200 million over 25 years they switched the drinking water from Detroit’s water system, which was fed by Lake Huron (a glacial lake over 10,000 years old), to Flint River without properly treating the water. By not treating the water immediately it began to cause corrosion in the lead pipes. This happened because of negligence and passivity. “The EPA says it was notified by the MDEQ (Michigan’s Department of Environmental Quality) on or about April 24 “that the City did not have corrosion control treatment in place at the Flint Water Treatment Plant.” Yet, MDEQ’s spokesman Brad Wurfel said on July 13th, “Let me start here — anyone who is concerned about lead in the drinking water in Flint can relax.”

The City of Flint had access to clean drinking water prior to the switch. In an efforts to save money corners were cut by not properly treating the water and failing to have a corrosion control plan. Alarms and concerns were sounded, warnings were given, but the MDEQ chose to deny the facts, omit information, and turn their heads (you’re welcome to study the timeline of events here).

In the same way, our Nation, has access to pure and holy Living Water.

“Hope of Isra’el, Adonai! All who abandon you will be ashamed, those who leave you will be inscribed in the dust, because they have abandoned Adonai, the source of living water.” Jeremiah 17:13 CJB
“Whoever puts his trust in me (Jesus), as the Scripture says, rivers of living water will flow from his inmost being!” John 7:38 CJB
 but whoever drinks the water I (Jesus) will give him will never be thirsty again! On the contrary, the water I give him will become a spring of water inside him, welling up into eternal life!” John 4:14 CJB

Even though we have access to the source of life-giving, eternal, holy and pure Living Water so many of us have turned to another source. Our Nation has become proud-hearted and self-glorifying.

We do exactly what God warns us not to do…

“Be careful not to forget Adonai your God by not obeying his mitzvot, rulings and regulations that I am giving you today.” Deuteronomy 8:11

We, as a nation, have turned from His rulings by going after other ways, other “truths”, and even celebrating sin. Just like they cut corners and ignored rules and regulations in the Flint Water Crisis which claimed lives.

“Otherwise, after you have eaten and are satisfied, built fine houses and lived in them, and increased your herds, flocks, silver, gold and everything else you own, you will become proud-hearted. Forgetting Adonai your God– who brought you out of the land of Egypt, where you lived as slaves; who led you through the vast and fearsome desert, with its poisonous snakes, scorpions and waterless, thirsty ground; who brought water out of flint rock for you; who fed you in the desert with manna, unknown to your ancestors; all the while humbling and testing you in order to do you good in the end– you will think to yourself, ‘My own power and the strength of my own hand have gotten me this wealth.'” Deuteronomy 8:12-17 CJB

The Lord has blessed us with a land, a nation, that has more freedom than most. We take for granted what we have been given and live as if the rest of the world sees through our lenses. I’m not accusing every single one of you of this but generalizing as a whole. When I look at the spiritual condition of our Nation I see a fallen Nation who has pushed away and forsaken our God. Jesus died to set us free from slavery. We were slaves to our sin without the means to pay our debt. But God…(I love those words ‘But God’) in His mercy and grace paid our debt for us so that we may be set free from sin and given life! However, most of our Nation has pushed Him out of our schools, out of our government and out of our hearts. I see a growing trend of many that claim to believe in the One True God but choose to leave out most of his ‘rulings and regulations’ in the Bible, calling it irrelevant and say, “those concerned should just relax”. Sound familiar?

“No, you are to remember Adonai your God, because it is he who swore to your ancestors, as is happening even today. If you forget Adonai your God, follow other gods and serve and worship them, I am warning you in advance today that you will certainly perish. You will perish just like the nations that Adonai is causing to perish ahead of you, because you will not have heeded the voice of Adonai your God.” Deuteronomy 8:18-20 CJB

If we do not humble ourselves, seek His face, love Him with all of our being then He will not heal our land and worse…each one that doesn’t turn to Him will lose their inheritance in the Kingdom of God and perish. Just like the lead pipes of Flint became corroded causing the water to be toxic….our hearts, minds, bodies and souls will become toxic.

Without the Living Water as our source we will perish.

Jesus loves you. I know you have probably heard that before but He really does. He laid down His life for you to bring you close, to give you direct access to the Living Water and to spend eternity in Heaven with you. Consider inviting Him into your heart today.

I believe that one should always seek confirmation from God before speaking a prophetic message. After praying and asking God to confirm this to me, I opened my Bible up trusting Him to lead me. I happened to open up to this…

“During his time of distress this same King Achaz added to his treachery against Adonai by sacrificing to the gods of Dammesek (Damascus), who had attacked him, reasoning, ‘The gods of the kings of Aram (Aram is a region located in present-day central Syria, including where the city of Aleppo now stands) helped them, so I will sacrifice to them, and then they’ll help me.’ But they became the ruin of him and all of Israel. Achaz collected the equipment from the House of God, broke to pieces the equipment from the House of God and sealed the doors of the House of Adonai; then he made himself altars in every corner of Yerushalayim (Jerusalem). In every city of Y’hudah (Judah) he made high places for offering to other gods, thus provoking Adonai the God of his ancestors.” 2 Chronicles 28:22-25 CJB.

This confirms our Lord’s warning to not turn to other gods, serve other gods, sacrifice to other gods because if we do they will become the ruin of us. We must not seal up the House of our Lord Jesus. We must keep the doors open for others to come in to learn more about Him.

I pray that this message reaches the eyes, hearts and minds it is purposed for. May God give us all eyes to see, ears to hear and hearts that are soft and open to Him. I thank Him and praise Him for giving us correction and warnings ahead of time so that we may have time to humble ourselves and repent. He is merciful in His ways! It is in Jesus’ Name I pray, Abba Father, Amen & Amen!