Tuesday, October 23, 2018

What it is all about



October 23

Daily Bible Reading: Jeremiah 9 - 10

Verse of the Day: Jeremiah 9:23 -24 – “Thus saith Jehovah, Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches; but let him that glorieth glory in this, that he hath understanding, and knoweth me, that I am Jehovah who exerciseth lovingkindness, justice, and righteousness, in the earth: for in these things I delight, saith Jehovah.”

This sums up the major pursuit of life – knowing God. Never think that what you think about God doesn’t make much difference – on the contrary it makes ALL the difference. It will transform you and make your life one of fullness. True success is not measured by what you have or what you do or what name you have – true success is only found in who you know – God!

Prayer: Father, may I know You and boast only in You. May you be the success of my life for now and for all eternity. I praise You. Amen.







Monday, October 22, 2018

The harvest is past...



October 22

Daily Bible Reading: Jeremiah 7 - 8

Verse of the Day: Jeremiah 8:20 – “The harvest is past, the summer is ended, and we are not saved.”

In this section of Scripture, Jeremiah (the Weeping Prophet) mourns over the people of Israel. They had trusted in lying words and followed false religions. They were finding these worthless. In this immediate section around our verse, Jeremiah was faint at heart because the nation was so overwhelmingly helpless in their future.

He gives a parable about their condition in this verse. The time of fullness was meager; the time of reaping was past. When barns should be full, there was emptiness. This was a statement on their lives. Consider today, how is your life in relation to Jesus? Are you truly full – or sadly empty. Don’t stop till you make it right today.

Prayer: Jesus, I have so lived that my harvest is meager. Change my heart and life to give me the fullness that only You can give. Amen.







Sunday, October 21, 2018

Verbs and Conjunctions



October 21

Daily Bible Reading: Jeremiah 5 - 6

Verse of the Day: Jeremiah 6:16 – “Thus saith Jehovah, Stand ye in the ways and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way; and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls: but they said, We will not walk therein.”

Today’s reading stands out to us in five verbs and one conjunction. If you mark your Bible, underline these five verbs – stand, look, ask, walk, and find rest. I thought about the concept of “Stop, look and listen.” All during our lives we come to the crossroads of life. The word of God says to stand (stop) and consider the ways – (look at the paths) – ask His guidance (listen), and THEN walk in the right way. We will find that no matter what the way brings, our souls will be at rest in God.

Finally, notice the conjunction – but. Beware that we are not like Israel was and say, “No, I will do it my way.”

Prayer: Father, change my conjunction from but to and I will walk in Your way. Amen. 







Saturday, October 20, 2018

'allûph



October 20

Daily Bible Reading: Jeremiah 3 - 4

Verse of the Day: Jeremiah 3:4 – “Wilt thou not from this time cry unto me, My Father, thou art the guide of my youth?”

The Hebrew word 'allûph is usually translated as “friend.” In this section of Scripture we read today, the importance of this word is that the nation of Israel was expecting special treatment because of their friendship with God. They were living totally unashamed before God in their wicked and evil ways. And yet, since He was their “friend” He would overlook it and bless them anyway. The prophet is telling them that God does not work that way.

Is He a friend to sinners? Yes. Does He bless us even though we don’t deserve it? Yes. Can we presume upon this grace and mercy and live how we feel without consequences. No. There will come a point that God will deliver the justice and judgment on those who ignore His ways.

Prayer: Friend of sinners, I come repenting of my ways, I seek to walk in Your way today. 





Friday, October 19, 2018

Stand and Deliver



October 19

Daily Bible Reading: Jeremiah 1 - 2

Verse of the Day: Jeremiah 1:1 – “The words of Jeremiah the son of Hilkiah, of the priests that were in Anathoth in the land of Benjamin:”

The prophet who wrote this book is one who understood that his call was established by God before he ever was conceived (vs. 1:5). He was called to speak the word of God to the people, fully understanding that they were going to reject him, despise him, and in many ways ignore him. That would excite any of us, right? As we study Jeremiah, we find him lonely, sad, underappreciated, and introspective. But, we will find that the strongest point to see in him was that he was faithful and determined to deliver the message of God. Can the same be said of us today? Are we willing to stand and deliver – even if it means that people make fun of us, ridicule and ignore us, maybe even worse?

Prayer: God of Jeremiah, fill me and make me determined and faithful to stand and deliver Your Word to those around me. Amen.








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