Tuesday, July 8, 2014

JEREMIAH LESSONS - PART 2

WE REVEL AND TAKE PRIDE IN OUR SIN:
3:2 “Look up to the barren heights and see. Is there any place where you have not been ravished? By the roadside you sat waiting for lovers, sat like a nomad in the desert. You have defiled the land with your prostitution and wickedness. 3 Therefore the showers have been withheld, and no spring rains have fallen. Yet you have the brazen look of a prostitute; you refuse to blush with shame. 

How often do we, like Israel, get so caught up in our sin
that we enjoy it instead of being ashamed?

OTHERS SIN BECAUSE OF US:
3:6 During the reign of King Josiah, the Lord said to me, “Have you seen what faithless Israel has done? She has gone up on every high hill and under every spreading tree and has committed adultery there. 7 I thought that after she had done all this she would return to me but she did not, and her unfaithful sister Judah saw it. 8 I gave faithless Israel her certificate of divorce and sent her away because of all her adulteries. Yet I saw that her unfaithful sister Judah had no fear; she also went out and committed adultery.

There is always someone watching us, no matter what we do.
We should always remember that nothing we do is secret.

WE DON'T LEARN FROM THE SINS OF OTHERS:
3:9 Because Israel’s immorality mattered so little to her, she defiled the land and committed adultery with stone and wood. 10 In spite of all this, her unfaithful sister Judah did not return to me with all her heart, but only in pretense,” declares the Lord.


Oh, how often we justify our sins, because we saw 
or heard of others committing the same sin?

SIN WILL TAKE US FARTHER THAN WE EVER WISHED TO GO:
5:19 And when the people ask, ‘Why has the Lord our God done all this to us?’ you will tell them, As you have forsaken me and served foreign gods in your own land, so now you will serve foreigners in a land not your own.’


One step in wrong direction can lead to exile.


I pray that I would head these warnings and watch my steps and actions. I pray that I would hear GOD telling me to turn around when I stray.

Monday, July 7, 2014

JEREMIAH LESSONS

GOD WILL PROVIDE WHEN HE CALLS ME:
The word of the Lord came to me, saying, 5 “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.” 6 “Alas, Sovereign Lord,” I said, “I do not know how to speak; I am too young.”
7 But the Lord said to me, “Do not say, ‘I am too young.’ 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. 
9 Then the Lord reached out his hand and touched my mouth and said to me, “I have put my words in your mouth.  Jeremiah 1: 5-9

Just as HE did with Jeremiah, so HE will do with me. 
When HE calls, HE will provide the security and the words to speak.

MY SELF-SUFFICIENCY IS FAULTY AND FUTILE:
They have forsaken me, the spring of living water, and have dug their own cisterns, broken cisterns that cannot hold water. Jeremiah 2:13

GOD offers free, refreshing water, 
but I would rather sweat and dig my our leaky well!

DISOBEDIENCE LEADS TO DISASTER:
Is Israel a servant, a slave by birth? Why then has he become plunder? 15 Lions have roared; they have growled at him. They have laid waste his land; his towns are burned and deserted. 16 Also, the men of Memphis and Tahpanhes have cracked your skull. 17 Have you not brought this on yourselves by forsaking the Lord your God when he led you in the way? Jeremiah 2:14-17

Whenever I disobey or forsake GOD, 
a disaster is always looming.
Why can't I learn my lesson? 
How like Israel I am!

God instructed Jeremiah to call to repent of their evil ways and return to their first and only true love, the LORD GOD ALMIGHTY. God also makes the same call to me and to you today.

Just reading the first two chapters again have reminded me that we are a fallen world; born sinners who need a LIVING SAVIOR! I pray that unlike Israel, I will heed Jeremiah's warnings in a timely manner.