Cleanse my heart

Posted by Paulyn on Thursday , August   8 , 2013 at 7:34 am

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Message
Jeremiah 7
In this chapter, the people are called upon to amend their "ways and doings," if they want God to stay with them.  They are to treat one another justly, and worship God alone. But they focused in the temple itself and its worship, rather than in God, and the His expectations for the sake of their lives.

God refuses to have anything to do with their claims that the temple protects them, secures them from any disaster, even when they choose not do God’s will.  They have made the temple like a shelter for criminals, where they could escape from the authorities and not be arrested for the crimes they have done. Then, when the coast was clear, they could go forth to do as they have always done. But God will not allow this.

Because of what the people have done, God proceeds to announce the judgment. The temple will be destroyed, and the people will be cast out of the land, and out of God’s sight.

The future is no longer open for the people of God; the judgment is set. Jeremiah speaks the words God gives to him, but the hardened people will not listen, and because of this, their disastrous future is set in stone.

Promise
If the people repented, God would let them stay in the land   v3 "Thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel: "Amend your ways and your doings, and I will cause you to dwell in this place."

Command

  • Pay attention to God’s Words: v2 "Stand at the gate of the LORD’s house and there proclaim this message: " ‘Hear the word of the LORD, all you people of Judah who come through these gates to worship the LORD. "
  • Reform/ Amend/ Change your ways and actions v3 "This is what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says: Reform your ways and your actions, and I will let you live in this place."
  • v4 "Do not trust in deceptive words and say, "This is the temple of the LORD, the temple of the LORD, the temple of the LORD!"
  • Do not provoke the Lord v20 " ‘Therefore this is what the Sovereign LORD says: My anger and my wrath will be poured out on this place, on man and beast, on the trees of the field and on the fruit of the ground, and it will burn and not be quenched."
  • Obey the Lord’s command  v23 "but I gave them this command: Obey me, and I will be your God and you will be my people. Walk in all the ways I command you, that it may go well with you. "

Warning

  • God will punish: v12 " ‘Go now to the place in Shiloh where I first made a dwelling for my Name, and see what I did to it because of the wickedness of my people Israel.
  • Do not provoke the Lord v20 " ‘Therefore this is what the Sovereign LORD says: My anger and my wrath will be poured out on this place, on man and beast, on the trees of the field and on the fruit of the ground, and it will burn and not be quenched."
  • 32 "So beware, the days are coming, …"
  • 34 I will bring an end to the sounds of joy and gladness and to the voices of bride and bridegroom in the towns of Judah and the streets of Jerusalem, for the land will become desolate.

Application
Jeremiah 7:3 This is what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says: Reform your ways and your actions, and I will let you live in this place. 4 Do not trust in deceptive words and say, "This is the temple of the LORD, the temple of the LORD, the temple of the LORD!"

Lord God You are almighty, powerful, yet forgiving God. Thank You for Your mercy, and pardon me Lord, for my sinfulness.  Teach me to understand that going to church regularly, accomplishing my duties as Your servant is not sufficient to show my earnest devotion to You.  Father, please cleanse my heart and soul, that I may sincerely change my evil ways, make an effort to be a better person inside and out, and do all that is pleasing in Your eyes, and glorify Your Name forever.

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Break up your unplowed ground

Posted by Paulyn on Wednesday , August   7 , 2013 at 8:37 am

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Message
Jeremiah 4
Jeremiah announces the message of God, declaring that if the people will return to Him, sin no more, and worship the Lord, the Lord will give His blessing.  This is an invitation to repentance.  The Lord warns about the coming disaster.  The people have been deceived by the lying false prophets, and  their wickedness is the sole cause of these calamities.  Prophet Jeremiah describes the sad catastrophe of Jerusalem.

Promise

  • God forgives and blesses the repentant: v1-2 "If you will return, O Israel, return to me," declares the LORD. "If you put your detestable idols out of my sight and no longer go astray,  and if in a truthful, just and righteous way you swear, ‘As surely as the LORD lives,’ then the nations will be blessed by him and in him they will glory."

Command

  • Proclaim that the Lord lives v2 and if in a truthful, just and righteous way you swear, ‘As surely as the LORD lives,’ then the nations will be blessed by him and in him they will glory."
  • Let true repentance break up your fruitless and hardened hearts, take heed that worldly cares and concerns do not arise, and, like thorns, choke the good seed. v3 This is what the LORD says to the men of Judah and to Jerusalem: "Break up your unplowed ground and do not sow among thorns.
  • Put away every thing that is against God’s will  v4 "Circumcise yourselves to the LORD, circumcise your hearts, you men of Judah and people of Jerusalem, or my wrath will break out and burn like fire because of the evil you have done– burn with no one to quench it. "

Warning
God warns of disaster  and all other calamities that will occur

Application
Jeremiah 4:3 "This is what the LORD says to the men of Judah and to Jerusalem: "Break up your unplowed ground and do not sow among thorns. "

Crops cannot grow on an uplowed ground.  The hardness and thorns prevent the seeds from penetrating, and it is difficult to grow anything on it. Father, thank You for accepting me for who I am.  Help me break up, soften, open up this stubborn heart of mine and remove the thorns – the negative attitudes like anger, impatience, anxiety, intolerance, laziness that hinder my spiritual growth.  Enlighten me so I will constantly remember and obey all Your teachings, most especially in times of adversity.  May I live  every moment according to Your will.  In Jesus Name, I pray.

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The Call of Jeremiah

Posted by Paulyn on Tuesday , August   6 , 2013 at 2:12 pm

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Jeremiah 1: The call of Jeremiah
Jeremiah was called by the Lord, and was told that God knew him, and appointed him as prophet to the nations, even before he was even formed int he wom of his mother.  But Jeremiah was reluctant, and plead to God that he was only a child, didn’t know how to speak, and was too young.  But the Lord did not accept his plea, God overruled Jeremiah’s objection.  God reached out to Jeremiah, appointed and empowered him over nations and kingdoms – "to uproot and tear down, to destroy and overthrow, to build and to plant."

Promise

  • The Lord empowers: v9-10 "Then the LORD reached out his hand and touched my mouth and said to me, "Now, I have put my words in your mouth. See, today I appoint you over nations and kingdoms to uproot and tear down, to destroy and overthrow, to build and to plant."
  • The Lord has given the strength and the power to Jeremiah: v18 "Today I have made you a fortified city, an iron pillar and a bronze wall to stand against the whole land–against the kings of Judah, its officials, its priests and the people of the land. "
  • The Lord gives his protection and his rescue: v19 "They will fight against you but will not overcome you, for I am with you and will rescue you," declares the LORD. "

Command
Spread God’s Word, and do not be afraid or terrified: v17 "Get yourself ready! Stand up and say to them whatever I command you. Do not be terrified by them, or I will terrify you before them.

Warning

  • God was soon to bring His word to pass: v12 "The LORD said to me, "You have seen correctly, for I am watching to see that my word is fulfilled."
  • There will be calamities: v14 "The LORD said to me, "From the north disaster will be poured out on all who live in the land."
  • God will no longer tolerate wickedness: v16 "16 I will pronounce my judgments on my people because of their wickedness in forsaking me, in burning incense to other gods and in worshiping what their hands have made."

Application
The Jeremiah Syndrome – When Jeremiah was called by the Lord, he pleaded out, claiming his youth and inability to speak.  But the Lord encouraged him, empowered him and gave him the strength to do as He commands. Father, my life belongs to You, when You call, I will hear You, listen to You. I am Your servant, when I am weak, grant me the strength, the will and determination to fulfill all that You have planned for me in this lifetime.  May all that I do glorify and bring you praise all the days of my life #GodsCalling

 Jeremiah 1:6-8 "Ah, Sovereign LORD," I said, "I do not know how to speak; I am only a child. But the LORD said to me, "Do not say, ‘I am only a child.’ You must go to everyone I send you to and say whatever I command you. 8 Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you and will rescue you," declares the LORD. "

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Jeremiah

Posted by Paulyn on Tuesday , August   6 , 2013 at 10:51 am

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Prophet Jeremiah was a son of Hilkiah, one of the priests from Anathoth in the land of Benjamin, who lived in the last years of the Kingdom of Judah just prior to, during, and immediately after the siege of Jerusalem.  Jeremiah, of all the prophets, was unquestionably the most heroic, the most outstanding among the prophets as a man of dauntless courage. He endured the persecution in his life without quitting.

The Lord commanded Jeremiah not to marry and raise children because the impending divine judgment on Judah would sweep away the next generation

Ahikam, Gedaliah (Ahikam’s son), and Ebed-Melech were Jeremiah’s only friends. His closest companion was his faithful secretary, Baruch, who wrote down Jeremiah’s words as the prophet dictated them.

Jeremiah repeatedly predicted God’s forthcoming judgment; and advocated the Israelites to remove their idols and repent in hopes of changing God’s judgment and fulfilling their destiny as His chosen people. But the Israelites refused to heed Jeremiah’s warnings and did not repent. His efforts failed and he witnessed the destruction of everything he knew, the exile of the Israelite elite to Babylonia, and the fleeing of the remainder to Egypt.

Jeremiah’s ministry covered about forty years. While other prophets saw in some measure the impact of their message upon the nation, Jeremiah never once saw any signs of success in his ministry. The people never obeyed him.  Jeremiah was called to a ministry of failure, and yet he was enabled to keep going for forty long years.  He remained faithful to God and to accomplish God’s purpose: to witness to a decayed nation.

God’s judgment of his people was not to be the final work of God in history. Mercy and covenant faithfulness would triumph over wrath. Beyond the judgment would come restoration and renewal. Israel would be restored, the nations that crushed her would be crushed, and the old covenants would be honored.

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