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Jeremiah 6:16-8:7

I know I have stated this before but it’s worth repeating, the judgments, the rebuke, the warnings are all directed toward Judah and Jerusalem, not some “heathen” sinners, it is God’s people who are idolatrous. They go to the Temple to pray, to offer sacrifices, to worship, but what they are offering up to God is not what God is requires.

How often do I go to church, offer up a sacrifice of praise, raise my hands in worship but my heart is far from God. Going through the motions with a divided heart or a distracted heart is simply idol worship because we are not focused on God. Just because we stand in worship in church makes us no more a true worshiper then standing in a garage makes us a car. Does God have my heart or have I given it to some other in acts of idolatrous, adulterous worship?

Colossians 2:8-23

Mike asks us a question regarding our hearing vain philosophies and high-sounding nonsense. I work in a college so I can hear a multitude of ideas, philosophies and nonsense that passes itself off as wisdom. However, without the measuring rod of true wisdom, the Word of God, one can easily find oneself following the truly blind into the microwave oven. There are many voices in this world calling out for our attention, our money and our loyalty. Which voice will we submit too, the worlds’ or Christ’s

Psalm 78:1-31

It is good to rehearse in the hearing of our young the testimonies, past and present of God’s provision in Israel’s wilderness experience as well as our own. Not only does this teach the young about the ways of God but it also reminds the speaker of God’s faithfulness in the midst of trials.

So faith comes by hearing [what is told], and what is heard comes by the preaching [of the message that came from the lips] of Christ (the Messiah Himself).
(Rom 10:17 AMP).

Proverbs 24:26
I think it is an honor to receive an honest reply because this means the speaker values you so much as to tell you the truth no matter the cost to themselves. Honest replies are rare and rarer still is receiving a straightforward reply with graciousness and thanksgiving. After all, Jesus was persecuted because He spoke the Truth. No, in societies, past and present, honest replies are rare and devalued. . In fact Truth can get you killed, but Truth is the only thing that will stand when everything else fails and falls. Truth crushed to the ground will always rise.

The world’s motto should be, “Tell me a lie so I can feel good.”

Grace and peace,

Through Jeremiah, the Lord gave warning over and over again the consequences of disobeying Him. Especially the warning against deceptive teaching which is the same theme repeated through Paul in Colossians as well. With the amount of information at our fingertips in these day and age, this warning cannot ring any truer for us to heed. I pray that I will not let my guard down but always filter what I read or listen to through His spirit.

As we belong to Christ, we should not submit to earthy rules and rulers. We shouldn't let them deceive us from the truth of Christ.

Lots of warnings from today's passages: God was angry with disobedient Israel because it has done vile things. Paul warned us of 'fake' doctrines and have discernment for truth. Psalmist described because of unbelievers God killed the sturdiest among them.
Bible faithfully records the good, the bad and the ugly to remind us sin has its consequences, but God is always patiently waiting for our repentance and turn to Him.

Therefore do not let anyone judge you by what you eat or drink, or with regard to a religious festival, a New Moon celebration or a Sabbath day. Very applicable to our political climate

Do not let anyone who delights in false humility and the worship of angels disqualify you. Such a person also goes into great detail about what they have seen; they are puffed up with idle notions by their unspiritual mind.

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