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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 name is Krista shuler, I am returning to god to ask him for peace in my life I am weak and broken and I need to reunite with him for his peace through my trials. I am hoping that by rejoining this community even though it is almost over this year that I can restrengrhen my belief in Christ. I also would like to ask for prayers as these next few weeks are going to be a challenge for me emotionally and physically and spiritually. Thanks for letting me return to the kingdom of believers.

Paul encouraged us to Set out minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.
(Col 3:2) he gave us how to in later verses.
Let the teaching of Christ live in our hearts richly. Use all wisdom to teach and strengthen each other. Sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs with thankfulness in your hearts to God.
‭(Col 3:16) Pray that the Holy Spirit will make us set our minds on thing above with the Bible verses we read, study and memorize.

To really be with Christ, we have to get rid of all other things that tempt us from going astray. Also, we should do everything in the name of the Lord.

Colossians 3:15-17 says that we should let the peace and message of Christ be in our hearts, along with gratitude to God. And when we teach people about Jesus and sing psalms to God, we should do it in the name of Jesus. This is a great message because if we do not teach in the name of the Lord and do not act like Christians, thankful and peaceful, people would probably wonder if we are actually Christians who believe in God.

Verse 12 speaks out to me: "Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourself with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience." Paul urged us on to live with a newly transformed life thru faith in Jesus. Sometimes we are weak but in Jesus we are strong! Let us draw strength from God's Word and thru prayers.

"...Christ is all and is in all." Once I became a Christian years ago, I remember for a period of time I was very passionate about everything God related from devouring praise songs, books, and all. Over time, the danger is that passion waned and without a daily dose of reminding who He is to me, it's easy to lose focus and live a dual life of my own. Is Christ in all aspects of what I do? Where have I left Him out and do things by my own strength?

But now you must also rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips.

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