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All About Leeches

A few months ago, a pastor made an odd comment to me. He said I was covered with leeches.

I know leeches are pretty much known for sucking the blood out of people and many believe this is where the story of vampires came into being. They are considered nasty, yucky creature that no one desires to have around and once they attach themselves, they don’t let go until they have had their little tummies filled.

Then the Lord showed me this scripture in Proverbs.

The leech has two daughters, “Give,” “Give.” There are three things that will not be satisfied, four that will not say, “Enough”: Sheol, and the barren womb, earth that is never satisfied with water, and fire that never says, “Enough.” Proverbs 30:15-16

Sheol is never satisfied because it wants more souls. For each soul which turns to the Lord means one less soul to Sheol. But Satan never gives up trying to claim souls. It is Satan’s greed and pride that will not let him stop.

There is a Proverb which says “Pride goes before destruction.” (Proverbs 16:18). Many don’t realize it, but pride makes you think you are better than others, or even better than God. Pride makes you feel that you can handle things better than God, so you don’t lean on Him to guide you and help you. Pride makes you think it is you that is accomplishing something good and not God.

The truth is, it is God that gives us wisdom and knowledge, it is God that gives guidance and direction, it is God that gives us love and peace. Without God we would not even be on this earth, living and breathing. We would be nothing.

The barren womb is never satisfied because the purpose of the womb is that is was created to bear children. The womb that does not bear children is not accomplishing its task and therefore is not satisfied.

What God put on my heart about this is that, just as the womb was created to accomplish something, each of us is created to accomplish something. Each of us has a purpose for God and we will not be satisfied until we fulfill that purpose.

Fortunately, for us, God is patient and loving. If we allow Him, God will guide and direct us so that we can fulfill that purpose.

When I look back on some of the stories in the Bible, how Jacob became Israel, how Jonah was swallowed by a whale, and how an angel of the Lord stood in the path of Balaam, I see that each had a purpose for God, but I also see that each had a moment when they had a confrontation with the Lord.

Each of these people had some moment of struggle with God. Jacob wrestled with God and ended up with a limp, Jonah tried to run and hide from God and ended up in the belly of a whale, Balaam wanted to do things his way and not God’s way and his donkey would not move beyond the angel of the Lord and then even spoke to Balaam.

But what I also see is that each of these people ultimately gave their flesh up and fulfilled the purpose God had for them.

We each at some point in our walk might struggle with God. It is part of the learning process. We need to learn how to give over our flesh and walk in the spirit.

We will have struggle and won’t be completely satisfied until that happens. Once we accomplish our task, our job here on earth is complete and we can go home to the Lord and have rest.

Many know the scriptures in Matthew 25 as the Parable of the Talents. I just want to look at one verse in this set of scriptures.

His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful slave. You were faithful with a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.’ Matthew 25:21

God is the only one that knows what your future holds. He is also a rewarder for a job well done. God will reward those who are faithful with more work to do. Kind of like a job promotion or bonus. You know your doing a good job, when God gives you more work to do.

Earth that is never satisfied with water brings to my mind a picture of a desert. Those who do not allow God to fill them are like a desert. Even though they may get some water, they need something more, and never seem to get what they really need.

Their banquets are accompanied by lyre and harp, by tambourine and flute, and by wine; but they do not pay attention to the deeds of the Lord, not do they consider the work of His hands. Therefore My people go into exile for their lack of knowledge; and their honorable men are famished, and their multitude is parched with thirst. Isaiah 5:12-13

These are the people, the leeches, which cling to the things of the world and do not acknowledge the work of God. God will shower them with blessings in many ways, but they refuse to recognize that it is God which is doing it. They are selfish in their desires and do not thank God for the blessings, but they continue to demand more. They cry give, give.

And fire… fire needs burning material in order to keep going. It can’t get enough. In fact, a fire will die unless you keep feeding it. Those who belong to the Lord may get low on fuel sometimes, but God will never let us die out. He will hold us in his loving embrace and feed our fire if we ask Him to.

But this fire is one that, like the leech, it will never say stop. It will consume everything it can possible touch and the more it consumes, the more it wants. It can be extremely destructive, just as too many leeches can be devastating.

The leech, unlike the fire, will get full. When a leech is full, it will fall off its victim until it is ready to eat again. The fire will never say enough, it will never get full.

Leeches do have some good purposes. Leeches have their purpose for God also, just as any person or creature on earth or in heaven.

If you look at the medicinal purposes for leeches, a person can actually benefit greatly from their use. But, they are for the most part detrimental and can cause harm.

But at some point, we are all leeches to some degree and if you’re a leech stuck on God then you can’t help but be a good leech. You can never depend on God too much and you can never get too much of Him either.

Be a leech which thirsts after righteousness, so you may be satisfied. (Matthew 5:6) Attach to the Lord and fulfill the purpose He has for you.

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