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Jeremiah 8:8-9:26

How can you say, We are wise, and we have the written law of the Lord [and are learned in its language and teachings]? Behold, the truth is, the lying pen of the scribes has made of the law a falsehood (a mere code of ceremonial observances). [Mark 7:13.] The wise men shall be put to shame; they shall be dismayed and taken [captive]. Behold, they have rejected the word of the Lord, and what wisdom and broad, full intelligence is in them? (Jeremiah 8:8-9 AMP)

Because of the way I grew up, I rejected God and His Word for almost 20 years. I know about twisting the law and God’s Word to fit into a personal agenda and that is why I love what Mike is doing, getting people to read the Word of God for themselves. Yes, most of the time we may not understand but as we mature and continue reading God’s Word year after year, what we once could not comprehend becomes real and alive. Just like it takes maturity of mental ability to grasp Algebra and Quantum Physics, it will take years of studying and reading God’s Word to understand many things.

May we all strive for the day when we can stop depending on others, the mature and the Adults among us to spoon feed us as we sit at the table of spiritual food, and pick up our own knife and fork and feed ourselves, enjoying and savoring every single bite.

[Put first things first.] Prepare your work outside and get it ready for yourself in the field; and afterward build your house and establish a home.
(Pro 24:27 AMP)

Mike I think this is one of those common sense Proverbs that countless people, Believers and Non-Believers, have no clue regarding its meaning. Some of us would say, “Well, duh-you can’t do it any other way.” Remember, common sense is not so common.

You would be very surprised just how many people don’t get it! I didn’t get this Proverb for a while until about the last year I was in College (89/90) when one day it exploded in my spirit and I realized that it was the clear answer and rebuke to all those who knew me while I was on welfare, family and friends(?), or should I saw acquaintances. They at first mocked me when I began going to school (College), “Look at how old you are why do you want to go to school? How old will you be when you finish?” When my graduation was in sight, maintaining a 3.7 GPA through my journey, they then felt free to tell me how I should spend my money when I became employed which was 99.9% on things that would benefit them.

The Holy Spirit kept this Proverb ever in my thoughts and I did not know why I could not get it out of my head. Although one can mentally assent to certain concepts that make good sense, pressure, especially family and or peer pressure can obscure common sense in such a way that behavior belies one’s thoughts and knowledge. A revelation of this Proverb saved me from serving the dictates of others despite the anger that followed when I rejected their multitude of financial proposals.

Hope this was helpful.

Grace and peace,
Ramona

“My people bend their tongues like bows
to shoot out lies.
They refuse to stand up for the truth.
They only go from bad to worse.
They do not know me,”
says the Lord.
Jeremiah 9:3 (NLT)

Therefore, this is what the Lord of Heaven’s Armies says:
“See, I will melt them down in a crucible
and test them like metal.
What else can I do with my people?"
Jeremiah 9:7 (NLT)

I agree with Ramona's post: "I love what Mike is doing, getting people to read the Word of God for themselves. Yes, most of the time we may not understand but as we mature and continue reading God’s Word year after year, what we once could not comprehend becomes real and alive. Just like it takes maturity of mental ability to grasp Algebra and Quantum Physics, it will take years of studying and reading God’s Word to understand many things."

Today what really got to me from Mike's blog was from the New Testament in the paragraph about Jesus being our life. "Our job isn't our life. Our money isn't our life. Our health isn't our life. Even our family isn't our life - those these can all be good gifts. But none of these things are our life. Jesus is our life! Today, can you honestly say Jesus is your life? If not, will you begin to really think about this and pray about this? Is Jesus your life?" This isn't a tough question, but the answer sure is. If we want to change our way of thinking and live our lives in a way that we can say "Yes He is!", then I think the first question we should ask ourselves is, how can we begin to make Jesus our life? What is the first thing I can do to begin to make Jesus my life? Or, what is keeping me from making Jesus my life?

Jesus, the more we know you, the more we need you.
Judie


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