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GREETINGS in the Lord! This is my first www.oneyearbibleblog.com daily reading / meditation in the English Standard Version! PTL !

Jeremiah 51 (ESV)
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For the LORD is laying Babylon waste and stilling her mighty voice.
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for a destroyer has come upon her, upon Babylon;
for the LORD is a God of recompense; He will surely repay.
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And Jeremiah said to Seraiah: "When you come to Babylon, see that you read all these words,
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and say, 'O LORD, you have said concerning this place that you will cut it off, so that nothing shall dwell in it, neither man nor beast, and it shall be desolate forever.'

NOTE:
God ALWAYS fulfills His Word—in contrast to the “public relations” that people give God today. All of the accusations that God is unfaithful or all of the honest questions about where is God when there is suffering will be fully answered: the LORD is a God of recompense; He will surely repay.

Note that the Lord instructed Jeremiah to say to Seraiah to speak out loud words that God will fulfill His Word. There is something powerful about our words—they act like a seal. It is like signing for a package from UPS when it comes to the door. When we sign—when we speak—we affirm something is true and we receive it.

Titus 3 (ESV)
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Remind them to be submissive to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good work,
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to speak evil of no one, to avoid quarreling, to be gentle, and to show perfect courtesy toward all people.
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For we ourselves were once foolish, disobedient, led astray, slaves to various passions and pleasures, passing our days in malice and envy, hated by others and hating one another.
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But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared,
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he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit,
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whom he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior,
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so that being justified by his grace we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.

NOTE:
We are submissive to authority as unto the Lord—as much as possible, when their orders do not go against the Lord’s Word. We are to be eager and enthusiastic—as unto the Lord!

We are to speak evil of no one and be gentle, and work diligently to show “perfect courtesy” to all people.

I like that phrase: “perfect courtesy”. Not just being lazy, but WORK TO PERFECT RESPECT for others.

WE SHOW GRACE because WE HAVE BEEN SAVED BY GRACE.

ALSO NOTE verse 7:
so that being justified by his grace we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.

BY GRACE, WE ARE JUSTIFIED (declared righteous)!
THEN, we are called to go the next step: TO BECOME HEIRS ACCORDING TO THE CERTAIN GUARANTEED HOPE OF ETERNAL LIFE.

The fact that it states, “that….we MIGHT become heirs according to the hope of eternal life” seems to indicate that we can fall short of the FULLNESS OF our inheritance in Christ while on earth.

In light of this, I like this verse:

Ephesians 3 (Amplified)
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May He grant you out of the rich treasury of His glory to be strengthened and reinforced with mighty power in the inner man by the [Holy] Spirit [Himself indwelling your innermost being and personality].

MAY WE EXPERIENCE THE FULLNESS OF WHAT GOD HAS FOR US TODAY FULLY GIVING OURSELVES TO HIM!

To paraphrase D.L. Moody:
“The world has yet to see what God will do through a man totally yielded to Him.”

Vance

Thoughtfully...,

Often thru the years I hear and see things I know work well for people to think about God and be redirected to Him but sometimes I wonder.

(I am glad it is God by His Spirit who directs and applies the Word of God individually to each one of our lives. The reason is I can really confuse things easily)

But So often I see things like a sound bite or a attention grapping title I worry if I am seeking to interpret God at times and His will for me..., and not simply Trust and Obey.

I see things and read things...even experience one or two...where my reading makes no sense...my understanding doesn't fit...my mind is left we wandering and as unlikely as all that is....somehow when simply letting God be in charge....he makes that Crooked Piece of the puzzle fit the missing picture I am assembling on the table of my life.

Wierd...,

So sometimes I am taken back by the ideas of "Be all you can be" for God Messages I happen to hear or read.

I thank God that again he can use that to apply to someone who needs a "shot in the arm" to make thier vocation and avocation for an opportunity to serve thier Lord.

Me, well I get a little ansy when I try to put my world around me into God's will for me. Seems like it's alot more like Jerusalem of Old with judgement coming then New Jerusalem we have yet to see.

For me, to know Him and really in many ways suffering the fellowship of his suffering FOR knowing him seems to be His Will for me.

I really hope for all of us we aren't like Jerusalem and don't have some Jeremiah's running around warning our Gov't or Leaders that we need to go another direction.

I would rather His Will for us all is not so much to lead or to do as to Know Him. To Know God.

Seems like most of Jeremiah was to warn and to write it down then Hide and wait on the Lord.

I know many of my Brothers and Sisters in the Lord enjoy a wider sphere of influence and in affluent circles do politics, sports, ministry, every aspect of life under the sun, but I wish really we all were a little more ready with open arms and hearts in a personal way to be ready to help when the disasters hit people's lives....then ready to send and rebuild relief.

I know when I am devastated...My God comes to me where I am...and holds and helps me...sometimes miraculously (those are cool) and sometimes practically (still miraculously when I see HOW it happened)

I think for me Knowing Him is what I daily seek more of...and finding Him even in Jerusalems destruction and instruction,

as well as in world disasters and inviting someone into my home....

is really enough...more than enough for me to try to grasp.

Know that the Lord is God.

It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.

Just me rambling...,

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